Low-Cost Plastic iPhone Appears in China Labor Watch Report


Credit: Martin Hajek www.martinhajek.com

Credit: Martin Hajek www.martinhajek.com

A new China Labor Watch report not only details the working conditions at Apple’s Pegatron suppliers, but it also seemingly confirms that the long-rumored plastic iPhone indeed exists. The report includes some details on the manufacturing process, but also mentions that the phone is not yet in mass production.

“Apple is preparing to release a cheap iPhone,” the report’s introduction states. In Pegatron’s company profile, the Labor Watch document describes the facility by saying the following: “Pegatron primarily assembles cell phones and tablet PCs for Apple. Its assembled products include [the] iPhone 4, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and low-priced plastic iPhones.”

MORE: Top 25 iPhone Games

 The low-cost iPhone, which has yet to be confirmed by Apple, makes another appearance on page 27.

“Today’s work is to paste protective film on the iPhone’s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines,” reads the document in a section that outlines a standard day for workers at Pegatron. “This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple…The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important.”

While the alleged low-cost iPhone can’t be confirmed until Apple makes an announcement, it certainly adds a little more credence to rumors that have been circulating for months. The China Labor Watch is a non-profit organization that has been operating for 13 years with offices in New York and China. The organization often publishes first-person style pieces based on accounts given by various Chinese factory workers it has interviewed.

What’s more, Japanese website Macotakara reported last month that Pegatron Chairman TH Tung seemed to hint that the purported plastic iPhone would fall in the mid-range category rather than budget. “The price is fairly high,” he reportedly said in reference to the plastic iPhone.

Still, there’s always a chance that these units could be prototypes that won’t make it to the market, although purported rumors and leaks are becoming more convincing by the day. Just a few days ago alleged photos of the retail packaging for Apple’s plastic iPhone surfaced online. Rumors suggest that Apple will unveil its next iPhone in September around the same time the iPhone 5 was unveiled, but Apple has yet to utter a word about its plans. 

AUTHOR BIO
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for Laptopmag.com since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
Lisa Eadicicco on
Twitter Google+
LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE