A photo of what appears to be dozens of iPhone 5C devices being put through a testing process has appeared on the Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo. The photo was first noticed by the French site NowhereElse, though Engadget has done some additional digging on the image.
Engadget discovered, according to the original poster’s Sina Weibo profile, that the shot was taken at a Pegatron plant in Shanghai, China and that she apparently joined Pegatron’s quality control department in mid-July.
According to her posts, the cheeky employee — or more likely an ex-employee at this point — in question joined the company’s quality control department around mid-July. In an earlier comment, she also hinted that her plant is responsible for the latest Mac mini as well. The above photo was published yesterday, and it only came 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?”
Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 5C at its media event on September 10, with the 5C — available in a number of different colors — replacing the existing iPhone 5 in its lineup.
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