A leaked photo which shows a pile of iPhone 5C units being tested may have actually come from within Pegatron. The photo was initially dismissed as potentially depicting knockoffs; however, Engadget has done some digging and they believe the photo to be authentic.
But after digging around the original poster’s Sina Weibo profile, we deduced that this spy shot came straight out of Pegatron’s Shanghai plant, which matches what we’ve read in the recent China Labor Watch report on Apple. 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 photo was captioned with:
“The low-end iPhone 5C to be launched for Chinese consumers in September doesn’t look much different than the Xiaomi Phone 2, right?”
Notice the screens appear to be showing a warm-up procedure for quality control. Engadget says they’ve seen this in factory tours; however, photography was obviously not allowed.