By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 02, 2013 09:59 AM EDT
Apple's much-rumored budget iPhone, widely referred to as the iPhone 5C, stars in newly-leaked images showing a warm pink color option for the handset.
The images appear to show the upcoming low-cost iPhone in its final retail packaging and the colors are reminiscent of Nokia's bright Lumias.
The purported iPhone 5C in a pink color option was spotted by Apple-centric website 9to5Mac on Chinese site iApps.im. The Chinese publication later posted more images of iPhones in the same boxes but more color options, including white, blue, and yellow.
While these images may or may not prove to be the real deal, they fall in line with previous speculation that the iPhone 5C will come in a range of colorful options. If the newly-leaked photos are true, Apple seems to have Nokia's Lumia smartphones in its range with the new budget iPhone.
As CNET points out, it's also interesting that these photos show the purported iPhone 5C in iPod Touch-like boxes. Apple has traditionally packed its iPhones in classic black or white boxes, but the upcoming budget iPhone seems to borrow some aspects of the company's MP3 players. The iPod nano, for instance, sports all of the shades leaked in these images, and previous rumors did suggest that the iPhone 5C would come in options similar to the iPod Touch and iPod nano in terms of colors.
Apple is widely expected to unveil the budget iPhone 5C, as well as its next-generation iPhone 5S and iOS 7 on Sept. 10. The purported iPhone 5S is also rumored to sport more color options such as champagne/gold and gray/silver. The Sept. 10 event is expected to focus on iPhones, with new iPads to debut at a later date, likely in October.
The company has not confirmed the date of the event, nor the two rumored iPhones. The iPhone 5C stirred particular interest because it would allegedly come at a lower price, estimated to be around $400-$500. Apple's high-end devices continue to be in great demand, but a cheaper option, even if it replaces the iPhone's traditional premium feel with a cheaper plastic material, will likely attract more buyers to Apple's ecosystem.
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