iPhone 5C once again rumored for September event

iPhone 5c in addition to iPhone 5s once again rumored for September

If the rumors are true and Apple is indeed holding the next iPhone event on September 10, 2013, then the rumors that they'll introduce not only the next high-end phone, the iPhone 5s, but a second, less-expensive phone, iPhone 5c might just be true as well. The latest to weigh in are Lorraine Luk and Ian Sheer of the Wall Street Journal:

Apple's suppliers in Asia started mass-producing components in June for both a standard iPhone featuring a metal casing and a lower-cost version, people who work at those companies said.

We've been hearing about the a less expensive iPhone for years now but it's seeming increasingly likely that 2013 will be the year Apple finally pulls the trigger on it, and for a variety of reasons.

Some have suggested the C in iPhone 5c stands for "color", as part leaks have shown an almost iPod-chromatic spectrum of variants. Others that the C in iPhone 5c stands for "cheap", which Apple doesn't do, or "China", which doesn't actual start with the letter C in China (officially, in PinYin romanization, it starts with a Z-as-in-Zhongguo).

Apple, of course, has yet to announce the event, let alone the product, let alone the name. But it's certainly seeming more likely, isn't it?

Source: Wall Street Journal

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iPhone 5C once again rumored for September event


Whatever this phone ends up being I'm pretty sure I wouldn't buy it - I'll want whatever the best iPhone is at the time I'm able to get one - but I'm interested to see Apple's riff on a low cost phone. What gets cut out to make a lower cost, but not cheap, iPhone?

This will be also be pretty telling as to what Apple sees as essential to the iPhone experience. What does Apple leave out in order to keep costs down? Typically we only see them skip new features on older models and that's easy to understand, but now we'll see a new phone with some things possibly missing.

Not the phone I want, but definitely a phone I want to know about.

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You know Rene people respect you as an authority in this iWorld....for you to add ridiculous commentary about the "c" possibly meaning cheap, which you obviously know is not the case, causes me to second guess your credibility as an iFan and a tech journalist....stupid people with no credibility suggest c='s cheap, disappointed you have lowered yourself to suggest the same...

This is a ridiculously unhelpful and unnecessary comment, you must be tired or in a bad mood. It's called 'reporting', there are others who are saying this and Rene clearly acknowledged that and quickly debunked it. Never suggested anywhere that he considered it credible at all.

Him suggesting it adds the credibility, even making insinuation of the possibility of it gives it credibility. This is Expected out of someone who participates in this whole us vs them os debate, just not out of someone so respected, and by the way, it's not reporting if its quoting another blog, it's reporting if it comes from some kind of reliable source. It's yellow, bottom line!

I can't honestly tell if you're trolling or not by getting so worked up about this. You can call it whatever you want, but you can't go back on all the references that were made on just about every single apple blog to the "cheap plastic" that was used to create every phone that didn't have an apple logo on it prior to these rumors. That phrase has suddenly disappeared now that apple is making a cheap plastic phone. Oh sorry, "less expensive" plastic phone. Funny how the connotation of the word "cheap" is suddenly striking a nerve.

Lets say they take the iPhone 4S and make it out of plastic and in nice colours and selling it for 349$ that would sell like crazy here but not in Europe but the market is china and that's where it sells very good! The question will be is an iPhone 5s enough? People will think about money and ending up buying the iPhone mini!

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