A new photo from China is showing what could be the casing for at least one of the next iPhone handsets.
The photo, which was posted to the WeiPhone BBS board, shows a crate of empty plastic boxes embossed with the “iPhone 5C” logo. The boxes appear to match the dimensions of the iPhone, and the simpler casing has led to speculation that the case could be for a low-cost addition to the iPhone line.
Various reports have suggested that Apple is planning to launch a pair of new models with its next iPhone rollout – a higher-cost model along the lines of previous iPhones and a lower-cost model. The company currently offers its previous-year model at a discounted price for customers looking to obtain a cheaper iPhone.
Reports from Asia on new Apple products have not been confirmed by the company and are not necessarily considered to be reliable sources. But such leaks from the region's many manufacturing facilities – many of which are tasked with manufacturing and assembling new handsets in the weeks and months prior to their release – are about the only previews available for new versions of the iPhone and other sought-after handsets.
Thus far, the strategy has served the company well as the iPhone was one of the few bright spots for Apple last quarter.
The iPhone refresh, expected to take place in the late summer or early fall, will also be accompanied by a new version of iOS. That update will include an overhauled user interface, another possible indication that the company will be looking to produce new packaging for the handset.
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