Earlier this week, the Apple “blogosphere” went ablaze over the possibility of a black color option for Apple’s upcoming lower-cost iPhone, referred to by most as the iPhone 5C. The report, which included images of a supposed black iPhone 5C rear shell, originated from Chinese social network Weibo user Ban base de mango (as reported by PhoneArena, and again at BGR). 

The photos that accompanied the report (pictured above) even pictured the black rear shell next to Apple’s current iPhone 5. Unfortunately, while the pictures and accompanying tall-tale of a “news report” might seem interesting at first, there’s a tiny little problem with the report as a whole: it’s completely false.

We can exclusively confirm that not only will Apple not offer a black color option for the iPhone 5C when it is expected to go on sale next month, but in fact, they never planned a black color option in the first place.

To make matters worse, at least as far as the credibility of those sites that reported on the matter, we can also confirm that the exact item pictured in those “leaked” black iPhone 5S photos is in fact nothing more than a cheap, crudely-constructed dummy phone available to purchase for a mere $13.39 from TVC-Mall.com.

In short, the rumors surrounding a possible black iPhone 5C are not only false, but embarrassingly so – and anyone who had bothered to do a bit of research probably could have found as much out in just a few quick moments on Google.

The moral of this story is: Don’t believe everything you read – especially when, like with this rumor, it’s the first claim of its kind, and has nothing backing it except a few photos posted on a Chinese social network.

Here in the real world, the iPhone 5C is expected to be available in green, yellow, white, blue, and red – and definitely NOT black. Count on it. Of course, you won’t have to wait long to find out for yourself – Apple’s September 10 media event is just around the corner!