Originally Posted by Rogifan
Here's another leaked photo of an alleged 5C. Something just doesn't look quite right with these phones. The display doesn't look to be flush with the plastic, and the plastic even looks like it has a bit of a lip around the edges. And the packaging doesn't really look like packaging we've seen before from Apple. Also, I don't know if it's the lighting or what, but sometimes these shells look very light, very pastel, and then othe times (like the photos below) they look darker, brighter and more vibrant. What gives?
There's just something about this whole 5C that makes me think we're missing an important piece of the puzzle. Like this phone will actually be price cheaper than expected off contract or will only be sold in certain markets like a China. Look at any of Apple's current cheaper products (iPods, iPad mini, Mac mini, etc) and none of those products actually look cheap. I hate to say it, but this 5C does. So if these leaks aren't fake I hope the product will be priced cheap.
These look completely real to me and completely believable too.
- the "lip" effect is an optical illusion caused by the transparent plastic holdfasts at the corners
- the packaging is very, very similar to the iPod touch packaging (so not new at all).
- the graphical, lack of shadows effect is intentional (they are selling "flat" and "simple" here after all)
- the colours change with the lighting effect, like all coloured materials, especially ... plastics.
I'm thinking they will be priced lower than most people expect. They have to be around $300 to compete for marketshare with Android, it's anyones guess whether Apple will do what it usually does and price them a bit higher than they "should" ($350-$400) or do what they do only once in a long while and price them a lot lower than expected ($200-$250).
I don't think it looks "cheap" at all, it looks totally "new" instead. And it seems unlikely they are destined for "certain markets" as the world doesn't really work like that anymore. How could they possibly stop it being sold around the world, and for what crazy reason would they want to? If a customer in Maine wants an iPhone 5c, why wouldn't they allow them to have one? Makes no sense.
Lots of little American girls and boys will be getting one of these for Xmas for sure.
Edited by Gazoobee - 9/2/13 at 8:32am