iPhone 5C leaks in final retail packaging, coming in multiple vibrant hues

As Apple's rumored Sept. 10 event draws closer, leaks pertaining to the upcoming budget iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 5C, are getting more frequent.

The iPhone 5C has now popped up online in multiple hues such as pink, yellow, blue and green. The leaked images show the impending low-cost iPhone 5C in its final retail packaging and the gamut of colors are reminiscent of Nokia's vibrant Lumia smartphone line-up.

The alleged iPhone 5C donning a pink avatar is courtesy of Chinese site iApps.im. The site later posted more images of the iPhone 5C in boxes in several other hues (including the traditional white option), but later removed the images.

However, 9to5Mac managed to get its hands on the images before they were removed.

"A few new photos claiming to show packaged 'iPhone 5Cs' and accompanying materials have surfaced online. The first photo comes from website iApps.im, and it purports to show several 'iPhone 5C' units in packaging. The 'iPhone 5C' is what many are calling Apple's upcoming lower-cost, plastic-backed iPhone. The packaging in these photos appears to line up with a purported packaging leak from earlier this year...," reports 9to5Mac.

The authenticity of these leaked images is circumspect, but the photos do fall in line with previous rumors that the budget iPhone 5C will come in an assortment of attractive color options.

Interestingly, the images show that the alleged iPhone 5C will come in iPod touch-type boxes. Apple usually packages its iPhones in a traditional black or white bo, but the impending iPhone 5C seems to take a cue from the iPod packaging. Apple's Pod nano currently sports the same hues leaked in these images and previous rumors have hinted that the iPhone 5C too would come in similar color options like the fifth-gen iPod touch.

It will be interesting to see if Apple also provides the matching "Loop" strap for the iPhone 5C, which it introduced last year for the iPod touch.

Apple is speculated to introduce the budget iPhone 5C along with the top-end iPhone 5S on Sept. 10. The next-gen iPhone 5S is also speculated to feature more colors such as champagne/gold and gray/silver in addition to the traditional black and white hues.

Even though Apple is keeping mum and yet to confirm the Sept. 10 event, the impending iDevices are creating quite a stir. The iPhone 5C is expected to be made of plastic and will likely be priced between $400 and $500, making it less elitist when compared to previous smartphones from the company.

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