Just yesterday we reported about Apple s Chinese manufacturing partner Pegatron seemingly in trouble over labor issues. An undercover investigation by China Labor Watch though has revealed more than just the issues faced by the labors. The published report has seemingly confirmed the existence of the rumored cheaper iPhone aka iPhone 5C and its now familiar plastic back panel, TheNextWeb reports. Also Read - Arm-based notebook PC processor market could grow to $949 million in 2021
One of the undercover investigators kept a diary of the day-to-day activities at the Pegatron factories. Besides highlighting the working conditions, pay and other issues faced by the laborers there, one of the chapters that interests us read as follows;
Today s work is to paste protective film on the iPhone s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines. This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple.
The task is pretty easy, and I was able to work independently after a five-minute instruction from a veteran employee. It took around a minute to paste protective film on one rear cover. The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important. This makes our job more slow-paced than in departments that have begun mass production schedules.
The above chapter coupled with the photo of the retail boxes and the many leaked photos and videos of the plastic back panel give us quite a bit of proof that Apple is indeed building a cheaper iPhone. Though the Cupertino-based company is yet to confirm anything, come September it may finally take the cat out of the bag.