Plastic iPhone rumors are intensifying again Monday as a new report indicates that the low-cost entry-level iPhone is now being tested and assembled in early production runs at Pegatron. If all goes as planned, mass production will soon begin.
Unfortunately for Apple, how this newest leak occurred isn't shining a positive light on the company.
China Labor Watch virtually confirmed the new plastic handset’s existence when the non-profit organization sent undercover investigators into a select few Pegatron factories to explore alleged labor rights violations. Pegatron, of course, is one of Apple's largest Asian-based manufacturing partners.
During the course of the investigation, the plastic iPhone was observed.
“Today’s work is to paste protective film on the iPhone’s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines," an undercover investigator shared in a diary entry highlighted in the new report. "This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple.
The task is pretty easy, and I was able to work independently after a five-minute instruction from a veteran employee. It took around a minute to paste protective film on one rear cover. The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important. This makes our job more slow-paced than in departments that have begun mass production schedules.