Why The iPhone 5C is NOT Real

The rumor mill has been spewing its usual lies, ahead of Apple’s “busy” (as executives at the company put it) fall quarter. Speculation has been rampant that we’ll be seeing a device called the iPhone 5C – essentially a lower cost iPhone. Well, the speculation is wrong… at least in part.

First of all, understand this. I’m not ruling out a cheaper iPhone at some time down the line. I’m ruling out the iPhone 5C. People think that a few pictures, and a few unconfirmed anonymous sources equals reality. Let’s look at the evidence the speculators have presented:

“The Evidence”



The evidence is based almost entirely on a “leaked” photo of packaging for an iPhone 5C in China.

Why the evidence isn’t worth believing

First of all, there’s a reason that Apple doesn’t sell cheaper iPhones. Updated phones at lower prices would required lower margins, and an expanded supply chain. Apple’s older iPhone models already serve as discounted iPhones, without those same issues. 

The boxes don’t match Apple’s branding style either. They are more likely to be boxes produced for fake iPhone products at one of the hundreds of Apple-store unauthorized clones in mainland China.

I just returned from China, where I saw plenty of fake Apple products very similar to this (i.e OSX Sea Lion). By my estimation, it’s one of those. Enjoy some other fake products that I witnessed in China below.




Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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