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.