If there’s any doubt Apple is preparing to unveil a cheaper iPhone next month, a single image should put those doubts to rest. Posted over on Weibo by someone claiming to work—or did work—at Pegatron’s Shanghai plant, the picture supposedly shows a number of iPhone 5C units “warming up”—a procedure that ensures the devices are ready for consumer release. That’s sure a lot of white models just sitting around.
We’re unable to discern too much else from the photo, and it’s difficult determining whether the devices are actually legit. There’s a very real possibility the image could be showing knockoffs, but Engadget doesn’t believe that to be the case. Apparently, the Weibo poster’s profile and history suggests she does indeed work within the confines of Pegatron, and is (or was) part of its quality control department. The gal’s post says, “The low-end iPhone 5C to be launched for Chinese consumers in September.”
Apple still hasn’t said when it plans on unveiling its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, but multiple sources claim Sept. 10 will be the date. There are a number of high-profile announcements coming up at the very beginning of September, so we imagine an Apple invite will come out around then.