A quality control employee at Pegatron, Apple’s manufacturing partner, has published a photo on her Weibo profile (a Chinese microblogging site), which appears to be a large number of iPhone 5C units in testing mode.
When we saw the photo, we initially thought that it was a knock-off, but Engadget had done some digging, and discovered that the photo was posted by none other than an employee at Pegatron’s Shanghai plant.
Engadget reports that the employee appears to have joined the quality control department in mid-July. She posted the photo, as you can see above, along with the following caption:
“The low-end iPhone 5C to be launched for Chinese consumers in September doesn’t look much different than the Xiaomi Phone 2, right?”
It seems odd that new iPhone units would be kept in such as disorganized fashion, but Engadget notes that they’ve seen similar this kind of testing setup during factory tours.
The iPhone 5C units is very similar to the leaked components and mockups, with the plastic rear casing and front black panel.