updated 06:01 pm EDT, Sun September 1, 2013
New images show off iPhone 5C manual
Images of what appear to be the owner's manual and a possible SIM ejector tool for the low-cost iPhone have appeared online, apparently confirming the name that has been generally adopted for the device. The photos appeared on the Chinese site Weibo and were picked up by iPhone5skopen on Sunday, and they apparently confirm that Apple will name its forthcoming lower-end model the iPhone 5C.
Also apparently confirmed by the images is an aesthetic element first hinted at in late August when another picture showed up online, showing what appeared to be a number of low-cost iPhone models in testing. That image, said to be taken during quality assurance testing in a Pegatron facility, showed the iPhone units with a black border on the display, instead of the expected white or colored border that marked previous renderings of the device.
The images reveal little else about the particulars of the forthcoming device. While it is difficult to determine whether the pictures display an actual document that will ship with a future Apple product, the design of the manual pictured is in keeping with Apple's standards for previous manuals, including the font and layout.
Apple is widely expected to unveil the newest generation of iPhone at a September 10 media event, though the Cupertino company has yet to send out invites to any such event. When Apple CEO Tim Cook does take the stage, he is expected to show off two models of the iPhone: one a standard progression from the iPhone 5, with the same high-quality materials that have come to typify Apple's smartphones since the iPhone 4, and the other a lower-cost model, possibly with less advanced internals and a polycarbonate backing allowing Apple to sell it at a lower price for mid-level buyers and in emerging markets.