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Dubious 'working iPhone 5C' video hits web, shows little of new model

updated 09:01 am EDT, Mon September 2, 2013

Handset reveals pink or red plastic shell, but impossible to verify

A new video that purports to show a working, fully-assembled "iPhone 5C" was posted on Chinese tech blog C Technology, but reveals little if anything about the alleged forthcoming "mid range" or "more affordable" iPhone model, expected to be revealed on or around September 10. The 50-second video shows the alleged 5C surfing Apple's own web page only, and crucially the unit is never turned over to reveal the back, suggesting that it may be staged with a plastic back cover or reassembled backplate using a "leaked" plastic shell.

The shell in the video (seen below) appears to be red or possibly pink due to the poor lighting, which is meant to allow the camera to view the iPhone's screen. The alleged iPhone 5C is, apart from its back shell, not expected to differ a great deal (at least externally) from the present iPhone 5. In the video, the phone is seen surfing the web through Airplane Mode, a feature introduced in iOS 6, but is clearly running a build of iOS 7.

Careful examination of the video shows a front-facing camera and speaker in the same positions as the iPhone 5, with AssistiveTouch turned on for some reason on the phone in question. The speed of operations shown in the brief clip looks to be the same as would be found in current models.

The iPhone 5C is thought to be aimed at developing markets, and at present it is unknown if the model would even be released in North America: some speculation claims that it could even be limited to just developing, where Apple is in the underdog position and needs to compete more effectively against Android-based models from Samsung and local manufacturers. The iPhone 5C is expected to be offered in a variety of colors, and offer a reduced feature set compared to the expected "iPhone 5S" model that should be introduced at the same time.





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  1. And.reg

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    Joined: 02-22-04

    I am so confused. What does the "C" mean? What does the "S" mean? Why is there both an "S" and a "C"? Why does only the iPhone of all these products get these designations?

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    The "S" has, in the past, stood for "speed", "Siri", and may be taken to mean "secure" or "speed" for the 5S, depending upon whether it gets a fingerprint sensor, or just faster internals.

    In general, the "S" has indicated a new generation of phone in the same case. I'm not sure how one can be confused by that.

    The "C" seems pretty obvious: "color". It will be the cheap, entry level iPhone. Previously, Apple would drop the previous generations in price and sell them as the lower-end, but if they followed the previous pattern, they would still have the iPhone 4S, which still comes with a 30-pin connector and a different screen resolution (on the 3.5" screen). Both the connector and the old screen need to disappear from the market ASAP.

    The other products don't need such designations to differentiate them: a MacBook Air/Pro can be distinguished by size 11", 13", 15", and by screen (”with retina display"), as can the iMacs (21", 27"). iPods by size and interface (classic, nano, shuffle, touch). But a phone that has the same size and the same screen? They could go by processor ("iPhone 5 A7" vs. "iPhone 5 A6”), but then how do you designate the new iPhone 5 "cheap", which may have the same processor as the previous one? One could name them by year, but having worked in support for many years, I can tell you that nobody knows exactly when they bought whatever device they're having an issue with, let alone when it was released.

  1. And.reg

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    Joined: 02-22-04

    But the iPod touch 5 is already colored.. "C"

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by And.regView Post

    But the iPod touch 5 is already colored.. "C"



    And the colored iPod touch needs to be differentiated from what other non-colorful product by adding a letter to its name?

  1. And.reg

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    Joined: 02-22-04

    None. So that makes the whole iPhone C/S/lettering thing pointless to me.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    We're talking about iPhones, where different models with similar functionality and an identical interface exist.

    The iPod touch is completely unique within the iPod lineup.

    I don't understand what it is you're not getting.

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