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Apr 12, 2001

Over the weekend, mobile leaker Benjamin Geskin reposted a series of images supposedly showing "prototypes" of Apple's forthcoming 6.1-inch LCD iPhone in three colors. The images were in fact first shared by Slashleaks on September 6, when they were described as "clones" of Apple's upcoming mid-tier LCD iPhone.

Despite that, on Sunday Geskin re-shared an earlier tweet of his linking to the original Slashleaks page, and claimed the dummy/clone images were in fact "the real deal", without offering any evidence to substantiate the new claim.

Guys... this is not clones or dummy models.. this is a real deal 🤯 Prototypes - Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) September 9, 2018

Whatever the truth is behind these images, they've become a topic of online discussion, so we're covering them here for completion.

Rumors have been running for some time that Apple's more budget-friendly LCD iPhone will launch in several colors, with Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicting in July that gray, white, blue, red, and orange colors would be available.

Speculation surrounding possible color options was also reignited on Sunday when an alleged Chinese mobile carrier leak referred to the lower-spec LCD iPhone as "iPhone XC". The last time Apple used "C" nomenclature in its smartphones was for its budget-friendly iPhone 5c, which featured a plastic rear case available in blue, green, yellow, white, and pink colors.


The red color shown in the images appears similar to Apple's special PRODUCT(RED) iPhone editions, which for the last two years have only become available for select models midway through their first year of availability.

One of the images of the alleged "prototypes" also shows the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with a dual-SIM card slot. Again, previous rumors have suggested that a dual-SIM version of the LCD iPhone will be available in select regions.

Lastly, the cases in the images look to have glass backs surrounded by aluminum edges, in contrast to the more expensive-to-manufacture stainless steel finish used in last year's iPhone X.

It's not long now before we'll know for sure what Apple has planned for its 2018 iPhone lineup. Apple's "Gather Round" media event takes place on Wednesday, September 12, and you can find all the coverage here on MacRumors.

Article Link: 'Dummy' 6.1-inch LCD iPhone Images Reposted on Social Media as Alleged iPhone Xc 'Prototypes'


macrumors G3
Sep 12, 2017
Sunnyvale, CA
I have no problem believing these were actual prototypes, but they may or may not be close to the colors that were actually chosen for manufacture.


macrumors 68000
Dec 23, 2015
Christ... I am now slightly worried there won't be Dual Sim in Xs ..... ( Please give me eSim + Sim )


macrumors 601
Apr 2, 2008
New York.
Very interesting. They usually release the Product(RED) colorway midway through a phone’s lifecycle, but maybe they’ll just do it right away for the XC.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 28, 2018
Colors doesn't matter to me as much since it will end up in a protective case anyway. However, I would prefer a stainless steel finish over an aluminum one.
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macrumors 68040
Jul 16, 2014
It is not easy to judge by a picture, even if those are real iPhones, but I don't like any of the colors.
I love the red iPhone 8, but it seems like a different shade. And I don't like the blue either, I'd expect something more vibrant like colors they offered for the iPod touch.


macrumors 68000
Mar 14, 2012
Leeds, UK
Seems we were told only a couple of weeks ago all models would have a uniformly coloured aluminium frame. Don’t know what to think of these


macrumors regular
Sep 25, 2017
I'm not a fan of the blue/space gray. Give me piano black, a dark/royal purple and a sapphire blue.


macrumors G3
Sep 12, 2017
Sunnyvale, CA
Damn, those red and blue colours are gorgeous.
Why don't they release a smaller 5,2" iPhone Xc? PLEASE APPLE!
Some like the SE not for the entry level price of $349 but because they like 4.0” phones. I don’t think they would be happy with a larger phone like 5.2”, so it would probably be even less popular than the SE, last updated in 2017. Soon 4.7” may be the smallest phone.
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macrumors 6502a
May 16, 2006
So is the Excess supposed to be the exact same dimensions as the X? In other words: Can I keep my case?
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macrumors regular
Sep 17, 2012
Philadelphia, PA
I like em! But the naming scheme is all kinds of messy right now. I like the idea of a year for the name

2018 iPhone
2018 iPhone Pro
2018 iPhone Pro Plus


macrumors 68030
Aug 14, 2007
Can anyone say if the camera lens is lower-profile than on the iPhone X?

As much as I love my X, the huge camera lens continues to drive me crazy because it means the phone can't sit flat on a level surface. I would consider a "cross grade" to an Xc or one of the other new models if they solve this!


macrumors 68000
Jun 18, 2014
Hilarious you think Geskin is a leaker.

And if they release a red iPhone, it won't be a ProductRED. It has to have that title on the back, otherwise it's just red. They've done that previously.
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