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A new plastic iPhone is currently being tested Apple supplier Pegatron, and will soon go into mass production and hit the market, one factory worker claims.

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Details of Apple's anticipated low-cost iPhone were revealed in a report published by China Labor Watch on Monday. A section of the report details "A day in Pegatron," with a worker detailing their activities on July 9.

On that day, the worker's job was "to paste protective film on the iPhone's plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines." The worker revealed that the plastic iPhone will "soon be released on the market by Apple."

"The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important," the worker wrote. "This makes our job more slow paced than in departments that have begun mass production schedules."

In addition, China Labor Watch's company profile notes that Pegatron is responsible for building "low-priced plastic iPhones" for Apple, in addition to the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

The report accuses Pegatron of violating labor regulations in China, as well as international labor laws and Apple's own standards. Specifically, Pegatron is said to have workweeks that exceed Apple's 60-hour limit, while some employees have allegedly had their pay withheld for working short shifts.

The details also come as an image published over the weekend claimed to show the retail packaging for a product called the "iPhone 5C." Some have speculated that the "C," if the name is accurate, could refer to "color," as the device is expected to come in a range of colors.

Well-connected insider Ming-Chi Kuo revealed last week that Apple is on track to launch its so-called "iPhone Lite" in early September. The device is expected to be essentially a slightly thicker iPhone 5 with a plastic body.
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Whenever someone without an agenda gets around to investigating this, I predict that they will find:

1. Yes, some workers do work over 60 hours in a week, because they WANT to. (Just like my brother-in-law who went to work on the Alaska pipeline way back then ... 60 hrs was nothing, but that's why he went.)

2. If anyone in the US on an hourly wage works less than the standard 40 hours, they get paid less than had they worked the full 40 hours, just like at Pegatron.
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This is not really what the article is about but it does touch upon it. Everyone keeps claiming the C in 5C stands for colour, and it may just be that, but I think it may be for Classic. I know it's not quite as a leap from iPod to iPod Touch to warrant a iPod Classic name for original received but it could make sense to call it classic. Just a though.
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That worker needs to become an ex worker. Hopefully they will lose their job and be unable to provide for their family. Whatever happened to doubling down on security?
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The way i understand this statement is the phone was in trial on july 9th. That does not mean its not being mass produce right now.

Also I think I understand why we got so many leaks of the iphone 5C, it looks like Pegatron security is not as tight as Foxcon. That could explain why we have no ipad 5, iphone 6 leaks so far. On the other hand, low cost iphone leaks are not as damaging has new high product leaks, they actually help support the stocks atm.
Edited by herbapou - 7/29/13 at 8:21am
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This is not really what the article is about but it does touch upon it. Everyone keeps claiming the C in 5C stands for colour, and it may just be that, but I think it may be for Classic. I know it's not quite as a leap from iPod to iPod Touch to warrant a iPod Classic name for original received but it could make sense to call it classic. Just a though.

Already people mentioned C is Cheap. 

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So why mention it again, unless you too want to appear stupid?
Edited by Flaneur - 7/29/13 at 11:35am
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Oh well. I guess I am finally throwing in the towel: the cheap plastic iPhone is coming.

 

At least, I hope it doesn't show up in that dumb-looking, plastic, mini-bathtub packaging. 1hmm.gif

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Already people mentioned C is Cheap. 

 

C will be for colors.  That being said I am not sure its a good choice, since some people will refer to them as "cheap" or "crap".

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This is not really what the article is about but it does touch upon it. Everyone keeps claiming the C in 5C stands for colour, and it may just be that, but I think it may be for Classic. I know it's not quite as a leap from iPod to iPod Touch to warrant a iPod Classic name for original received but it could make sense to call it classic. Just a though.


It is very possible that they want to field a replacement for iPod classic. Since most iPod sales have been replaced with Touch or iPhone sales it would make sense to offer something with the capacity to replace the iPod classic with a phone thrown in. A 128 GB of flash would be nice.
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Whenever someone without an agenda gets around to investigating this, I predict that they will find:

1. Yes, some workers do work over 60 hours in a week, because they WANT to. (Just like my brother-in-law who went to work on the Alaska pipeline way back then ... 60 hrs was nothing, but that's why he went.)
Exactly, just like we do in the good ole US of A when we need a few bucks for that new roof, car down payment or Christmas gifts.
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2. If anyone in the US on an hourly wage works less than the standard 40 hours, they get paid less than had they worked the full 40 hours, just like at Pegatron.
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C will be for colors.  That being said I am not sure its a good choice, since some people will refer to them as "cheap" or "crap".

That's not going to matter. Do you remember all of the morons and prepubescent people referring to the iPad as a feminine hygiene product? That didn't stop hundreds of millions of people from buying one, and if the new iPhone 5C is a decent product, then plenty of people will buy that too. Poverty is at record levels, and it seems that there are many penny pinchers out there.
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Worries about the 'C' being the designator of the new cheaper iPhone if true, are unfounded. If the phone is called 'cheap' I don't think it will do any harm at all as it almost certainly won't be cheap or look cheap.

I remember the calumny and jokes heaped on the name iPad. No one is laughing now.
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Honestly I would rather have plastic than the glass sandwich. All I do is cover the glass with ghost armor in hopes of protecting it and since I shattered yet another screen last night I'd have to say that isn't working well.
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Honestly I would rather have plastic than the glass sandwich. All I do is cover the glass with ghost armor in hopes of protecting it and since I shattered yet another screen last night I'd have to say that isn't working well.

Maybe don't shatter your screen instead? What, you think plastic won't crack just as well?

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It is very possible that they want to field a replacement for iPod classic. Since most iPod sales have been replaced with Touch or iPhone sales it would make sense to offer something with the capacity to replace the iPod classic with a phone thrown in. A 128 GB of flash would be nice.

 

Not gonna happen. 128GB is still an extremely niche case, and on they're not gonna bother making that SKU for the iPhone. 

 

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C will be for colors.  That being said I am not sure its a good choice, since some people will refer to them as "cheap" or "crap".

 

Every single letter of the alphabet includes a million negative words that starts with it, and trying to avoid that is ridiculous. This will be even less of an issue than all the other Apple product named that were mocked, but in the end was irrelevant. 

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Honestly I would rather have plastic than the glass sandwich. All I do is cover the glass with ghost armor in hopes of protecting it and since I shattered yet another screen last night I'd have to say that isn't working well.

 

Apple already moved away from the glass sandwich in 2012. It was a little something called the iPhone 5. 

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Not gonna happen. 128GB is still an extremely niche case, and on they're not gonna bother making that SKU for the iPhone. 

Yet.

I have no doubt that there will eventually be a 128 GB iPhone.
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iPhone C. SekC. Still got butt like a letter C.

Or Curved.
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That worker needs to become an ex worker. Hopefully they will lose their job and be unable to provide for their family. Whatever happened to doubling down on security?

 

Whatever happened to spy shots of iWatch prototypes?

Maybe the doubling down all happened in Apple HQ.

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Oh well. I guess I am finally throwing in the towel: the cheap plastic iPhone is coming.

At least, I hope it doesn't show up in that dumb-looking, plastic, mini-bathtub packaging. 1hmm.gif

Yup.

This is a sad day for Apple IMO.

We'll see what the finished product looks like but as of right now I am very disappointed.

Oh well let's just hope these phones are $299 each.
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Whatever happened to spy shots of iWatch prototypes?
Maybe the doubling down all happened in Apple HQ.

It's easier to double down on leaks of a product that isn't being mass produced at all. I'm sure closer to the unveil of the iWatch we'll see different parts leak from the factory.
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Oh well. I guess I am finally throwing in the towel: the cheap plastic iPhone is coming.

 

At least, I hope it doesn't show up in that dumb-looking, plastic, mini-bathtub packaging. 1hmm.gif

 

Now, now, be nice.

 

Besides, the the moment that Samsung starts shipping its cheaper phones in white Tupperware tubs as well, everyone will suddenly decide that Apple's packaging is unique and clever.  1wink.gif

 

I already think it is.  Imagine all the uses that those tubs can have in emerging regions.

 

I'm actually a little disappointed that Apple didn't join up with that guy who invented that cheap gravity based generator for places without electricity.  That would be super cool.


Edited by KDarling - 7/29/13 at 10:20am
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Yet.

I have no doubt that there will eventually be a 128 GB iPhone.

Yes there will, I believe the upcoming iPhone 5S/6 will come with a 128 GB option as an added differentiator from the lower end 5C.


Edited by 1983 - 7/29/13 at 10:41am
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Yup.

This is a sad day for Apple IMO.

We'll see what the finished product looks like but as of right now I am very disappointed.

Oh well let's just hope these phones are $299 each.

The iPhone 3G/3GS were plastic, the original MacBooks and iMacs were plastic, even the original MacPros had translucent plastic coverings, but pretty much everybody at the time liked them well enough, a quality product is a quality product even if its not made of metal.

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Imagine all the uses that those tubs can have in emerging regions.

Yeah, they can use it as a soap dish.

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It has to be something different from the iPhone already out and not just cheaper.

I think this will be a super-thin iPhone that will be super light and will keep the current screen size.

The other iPhone will gain a bigger screen.

One will be the big one with the high end specs, the other will be the thin one with previous gen specs. Much the same way the Air and Pro are different.

The "C" stands for compact. The selling price will start at $400

All opinion btw.
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Worst kept secret ever. Or else best played hoax ever.

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That worker needs to become an ex worker. Hopefully they will lose their job and be unable to provide for their family. Whatever happened to doubling down on security?

With an attitude like that, hopefully YOU lose your job and are unable to provide for your family.

This is a rumor site. Leakers are our heroes.
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Or else best played hoax ever.

 

Now THAT would be something.

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The iPhone 3G/3GS were plastic, the original MacBooks and iMacs were plastic, even the original MacPros had translucent plastic coverings, but pretty much everybody at the time liked them well enough, a quality product is a quality product even if its not made of metal.

Yep.

If it looks like the mock-up, I'll probably be getting one as my next phone, just as soon as it's jailbreakable. (No, I WON'T own a product that I can't install anything I choose on.)

I HATE the design of my current 4, it's much less comfortable to hold than my old 3gs, and the antenna design is really stupid. I'm frequently holding it so that the antennas bridge, and then it drops the cell signal. Plastic is really the way to go on a phone.

I have a friend with a 5, the battery life is awful. If Apple would stop with the stupid thin fetish and go for battery life, their phones would be MUCH better. This one looks like they may have done just that.

I hope it comes in black.
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 Everyone keeps claiming the C in 5C stands for colour...

I think it stands for China. 

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C=Celestial !

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C can stand for Crap 1tongue.gif

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C will be for colors.  That being said I am not sure its a good choice, since some people will refer to them as "cheap" or "crap".

Anyway, I already hate the aluminum iPhone. Steel, I trust. Plastic and aluminum, no thanks. I hope the next iPhone design (6) uses a non-scratchable material, because my 4 is getting long-in-the-tooth.

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C can stand for Crap 1tongue.gif

As in, a crap post ¿
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