A leaked video of the back casing for the iPhone 5C appeared on YouTube this weekend, as reported on VentureBeat.com Aug. 24. This clip shows back casings for the new iPhone 5C in five different colors. The video's voice-over commentary tells us the C in 5C stands for color. The five colors are: bright red-orange, yellow, bright green or chartreuse, sky blue and white. The video credits Sonny Dickson for leaking the cases and states that the new device will be available Sept. 20 following the product announcement that Apple has scheduled for Sept. 10.
Here's a link to that leaked video on YouTube. A second video, attached to this article, confirms the iPhone 5C name by showing iPhone 5C-labeled packaging and cases for the 5C that are already in stock on Amazon.com. Note that Amazon uses 5C more extensively than 5S in iPhone case entries now. The cover photo for the attached video is from Amazon's online catalog and while the photo itself says iPhone 5S, the description accompanying the photo says iPhone 5C.
Check this article for predictions, feature-by-feature, for the next iPhone. Though Apple has not shared details through official channels, these brightly colored plastic backs have now made several appearances on YouTube. The colors, shapes and appearance have remained consistent from video to video, giving the impression they're real Apple parts.
Typically with new Apple products, all the features are secret until the product announcement. Nevertheless, it's easy to predict some of the new features by looking at recently released phones that compete successfully with iPhone. See this article on Samsung Galaxy Note II for a good example.
It remains unclear whether Apple is responsible for sharing some new product details itself through leaks. When Steve Jobs was in charge, there were reports of retribution for leakers; that's not apparent now. It's not uncommon for mobile technology to appear in leaked images and videos and it's an inexpensive way for a company to generate interest and receive media coverage.
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