A quality control employee at Pegatron, Apple’s manufacturing partner, has posted a photo of what appears to be dozens of iPhone 5C units in testing mode. She posted that photo on her Weibo profile (a Chinese microblogging site).
The photo was initially thought to be of knock-offs; however, after some digging, Engadget believes that the photo is authentic and is posted by none other than a Pegatron employee at Shanghai plant. Engadget reports that the employee joined the quality control department in mid-July. She posted the photo below 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?
The screens of the iPhone 5C units in testing mode shows a warm-up procedure for quality control. It seems odd to see iPhone test units kept in such disorganized fashion but Engadget notes that they have seen such testing setups during factory tours; however, photography was obviously not allowed.
These iPhone 5C units with plastic casing and front panel in black looks very similar to all the leaked components and mockups. Apple is expected to unveil iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at a media event on September 10, and release on September 20th.