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A plastic iPhone known as the 'iPhone 5C' is on the way if one plucky Aussie teenager is to be believed.

Sonny Dickson, a teenager from Melbourne, has been leaking images of upcoming Apple products, citing "internal sources", weeks before the products are officially announced.

Last year Dickson posted photos of an iPad mini prototype to Instagram and Twitter in October, weeks before Apple officially announced the product, and he has now posted photos of plastic iPhone shells in various colours, tweeting a box labelled 'iPhone 5C'.

"At SonnyDickson.com, I aim to be your go-to site for stories regarding Apple Internal leaks and prototype information," Dickson writes on his website.

"In a world where information is readily available and rapidly obtainable, we strive to bring you the stories you want to read faster than any other site.

"Specialising in leaked images and news is intriguing because it provokes thoughtful discussion."

As we reported last week, the new range of iPhones are already reported to be in production.

Dickson also releases internal information about the group's operations, and sells the prototypes he receives. "You could say I'm breaking the law," he told Fairfax.

"But I have changed [the buying and selling process] so that I don't actually have to touch the devices any more. I'm a middleman."

A blogger who has worked with Dickson to publish the leaked prototypes said the teenager had made a name for himself in the trade of Apple-owned material "which no one else would post online".

"He also clearly has some connections in Apple's Asia supply chain to obtain these parts, and I find Sonny very dedicated," the blogger said.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the Fairfax story.

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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