New report reiterates ‘5C’ name for budget iPhone, calls for a gold 5S colorway

By , Aug 11, 2013

gold 5S

It’s been a big weekend for iPhone rumors. And now that we’ve all circled September 10 on our calendars as the likely date for Apple’s big smartphone event, it’s time to start trying to figure out just what exactly it’ll unveil.

A new report out of Japan today corroborates previous chatter, claiming that we’ll be seeing two iPhones on stage that Tuesday: a low-budget model that is indeed called the ‘iPhone 5C,’ and an iPhone 5S with a gold colorway…

9to5Mac points to the report, which comes from the fairly reliable Macotakara, citing the fact that it correctly predicted the ‘iPad mini’ name for Apple’s smaller tablet last fall. The site offers details for both the iPhone 5S and 5C.

As for the 5S (rough translation via Google Translate):

The name of coming iPhone to be iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C according to my Asian source, Rumored coming iPhone powered by A7 processor Will be Released as “iPhone 5S”. 

This source told That KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s guessesMay be true. Ming-Chi guessed several points, the resolution of iSight camera will be stayed on 8M pixels but F-stop will be brighter up to 2.0. The gold color which is rumored as 3rd color of iPhone 5S will be optional, and rectangle mark of home button Will be removed.”

Considering that we’ve seen evidence of the A7 chip in iOS 7, it’s safe to assume that we’ll see it in the iPhone 5S. The 8MP sensor doesn’t necessarily line up with previous chatter, but we have heard the phone will take better low-light shots.

Then there’s the gold color option. It’s tough to imagine Apple releasing anything in a gaudy color like gold, and we figured the color options were going to be saved for the cheaper budget iPhone model, but we have seen leaked gold parts.

Budget iPhone (NowhereElse 001, blue)

Speaking of the budget iPhone:

“Additionally, That source told about coming low-cost iPhone, Which is covered by Plastic case made ​​from polycarbonate and glass-Fibre, it Will be Released with expected name, “iPhone 5C.”

We’ve seen several reports regarding Apple’s low-cost handset over the past 6 months, as well as a number of part leaks. Everything thus far has pointed to the same polycarbonate device, available in various colors, priced at around $300.

As for the name of the budget iPhone, Macotakara says it will be called the ‘iPhone 5C.’ The name first surfaced in July, in photos of alleged packaging, and has since been reaffirmed in other reports. It’s believed that the ‘C’ stands for Color.

So given everything we’ve seen up until now, it seems pretty likely that Apple will show off these two handsets at its event. As for the new iPad mini and redesigned iPad 5, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them at a second event in October.

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  • Siddharth Desai

    That looks terrible.

  • Kenny Woodard

    That gold is ugly IMO. It also said that the rectangle on the home button would be gone? Hmm. Weird. And if it stays at a 8mp camera, that will be pretty pathetic on Apple’s part tbh. Other cameras have 13, 20, and even 41mp cameras. The difference may not be huge, but any regular consumer will just compare the numbers when ordering a phone. Apple better have at the very minimum a 13mp shooter.

    • therealjjohnson

      Just thought of a question…why is there a rectangle on the home button at all? lol

      • Kenny Woodard

        I really don’t know haha. I suppose it would look better than just a black or white button like on Samsung’s products.

      • bill

        its the same shape of the app icons, representing the home screen?

      • Kenny Woodard

        Good point

      • therealjjohnson

        ahh…makes sense

      • Yunsar

        It represents a home screen icon. Notice how on the Nano they are circle

    • Tristan

      MPs are meaningless.

    • Markus Hudobnik

      That 41 MP windows phone is full of BS. A total move on “the more megapixels the better” which any photographer knows is not always the case.

      • erod434

        That phone really doesn’t interest me at all but, i don’t think you understand how that camera works. It actually takes the picture with 41 mp and converts it to 8 mp while maintaining the quality from the original. Because of this, it takes pictures that are far beyond the quality of any other smartphone out there while being the same size.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        Yeah, I know. It’s still over the top because most of the time you are still sending and sharing a 5 MP photo, which in my opinion defeats the purpose of having a 41-mp camera. It crops the photo, meaning it lowers the resolution. So it does not maintain every aspect, which is pointless in my opinion. The could have kept a 13-mp camera with all these features and it would take the same quality pictures, with a lower resolution.

        I just don’t see that point until we can transfer and maintain bigger files faster.

        I mean my dslr only has 18 mp, lol and takes better pictures than that smartphone.

        My point is that mp’s have a certain point are really just for show, unless you are into extreme cropping or lowering of the resolution

      • Kurt

        41megs is for panning around in video after taking time laspse. Check it out on youtube. Be educated on the phone, because you just don’t get it. You can do 4K with the phone. or pan around in 1080p

      • Markus Hudobnik

        Awesome for video then. I was talking about photo-taking. The 41-Megapixel is a serious marketing.

        “my smartphone has a 13-mp”

        “oh, well MY smartphone has 41-mp”

      • Kurt

        you can’t just pick and choose to make the iphone look good. this is a camera thats mainly about video. and for still shots, the quality is superb, very much so in the details you get in the shadows. you either don’t get this phone or you are doing this to protect the iphone. just watch some videos and get to know the phone you are bashing. if you are honest you will see why this is a good camera and the person its for.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        When or where was I protecting the iPhone? And when or where was a bashing the phone? Damn… All i am saying is the 41-megapixel is over-the-top and it’s not practical. I have read about the phone and it’s camera, just not the video part. If I were to ever switch to Windows Phone (I mainly don’t b/c of the horrible app store :/ ) I would most likely get this one, because I love photography and using my iPhone/dslr for pictures. The other camera features are truly impressive and even in it’s 5 MP mode it no doubt looks better than the iPhone pictures, but i’m not even arguing about that. I’m arguing about the 41-mp (actually 38 can only be used). Just a 41-megapixel camera? really? My point is that most dslr’s don’t have this type of MP in them yet (there are some, but overly expensive).

      • Sokrates

        you/re totally right mate. And you never protected the iPhone nor bashed the Lumia.

  • therealjjohnson

    I might get the new color just to try something different. Ive been going back and forth with black and white phones since like 2007 or so.

  • ItsWilliam_65

    I also think they will release iOS 7 Release date, While they have the event they may as well :)

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      well definitely, because 5S starts to sell next day in US probably, and its defalut OS is 7

  • Kenny Woodard

    This is why Apple needs the ” iPhone maker ” like Motorola came out with. You give people the option to customize their very own high end iPhone and they will go crazy. I would love a shiny red one with a white apple logo on the back. Maybe with a nice NCAA team logo watermarked into the back of the phone. Jk.

    • mehrab

      Be at least a little mature. Apple sells millions of iPhones. Apple could not keep up with the black and white iPhone 5 demands and you want them to bring additional colors skins etc. Then if you pre ordered it”d come to you after 5 months lol. How many moto X”s will be sold and how many countries will it be sold too? Atnt and usa lol iphone 5s? The WHOLE DAMN WORLD. MOTO X WILL SEll A MILLION / 500,000 if they are lucky. Iphone 5s 3 million in 2 days at least. Get a brain

      • Kenny Woodard

        Apple fanboy please learn the 1st amendment. I’m entitled to my opinion and iPhone isn’t for EVERYBODY. Numbers sold doesn’t mean one phone is better that he other. It’s brand recognition and personal preference. The moto X is a fine phone. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. I am on AT&T and I love the customization options. I’m tired of iPhone. I’ve had 2 and probably won’t have another. Black and white colors are fine for some. But I’m a teenager who knows what he wants and iPhone isn’t it anymore. It’s boring. After I lost my jaillbreak I’ve done nothing but yawn and watch YouTube videos on better phones. And go sky I don’t care where to phones are sold, I’m in the USA and that’s what matters to me. And since I am buying the phone fr hundreds of dollars then I want it to suit me. I shouldn’t have become an Apple pawn and only do what they want.

      • Rowan09

        Your right your entitled to your opinion but like the other member stated Apple would not be able to keep up with demand. Lets be real hear the Moto X is suppose to be “the phone” as Google made it out to be and it’s on old hardware if Apple came out with an iPhone 6 and did what the Moto X did everyone would kill them for it. If you want colors go get the Moto X and what do you do with phones because I have tons I can do on my iPhone without a jail break. I have a Note 2 and its not more fun than my iPhone due to the lack of apps I use on my iPhone. You might be disappointed if your looking for fun with a phone though.

      • mehrab

        He”ll have fun hacking and tweking it (they think they are brilliant hackers or something)

      • mehrab

        Okay i never asked you about which phine is better dumbass i was talking about why iphones cant have a moto maker but you”re roo dumb to get that anyway

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      if you have no sense for Apple elegant b/w design, head over to colorware and buy whatever ugly colored iphone you like…

  • Eric

    Is it just me, but the first thing I thought when I saw iPhone 5C – is that “C” stood for “CHEAP” – certainly not for “COLOR”.

    What about you, do you agree?

    • Gekko

      More like CRAP. :-)

    • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

      iPhone c will be a marketing failure as everyone thinks c stands for cheap not color or consumer

      • Eric

        Exactly my point! “Cheap” is not “Cool”

  • pauleebe

    GOLD? BARF.

  • armvnd.

    there are phones with 8 megapixels or 13 mp that take better pics than the Nokia phone with 41 mp. it’s not simply the amount of pixels that will make for a great shot. there are other variables. the rumored “better low light” capture is one example. dual led helps, with flash shots. even the type of lens helps. yes, high pixels can make great photos, but if they aren’t paired with these other aspects, it’s just for show, basically.

    • Pusheen

      You’re right when you say that it doesn’t matter having 8 or 13 or even 41 mp. But Nokia 1020 has the best camera even if you compare it considering all the other variables

  • Hm

    The reason that gold is horrible is because it’s matte and not shiny also gold should be an accent colour not a base.

    • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

      Gold looks like someones pie in snow

  • Nova

    If they want to make a gold phone they should make the phone black and make the bezel gold instead.

  • Christian Mejía

    Apple is clearly gonna mess up if they unveil this new iPhone with the same mp as the some that came out 3 years ago, plus the gold will not look good at all.

  • Matthew Cooper

    In my opinion I think the 5C stands for China. Which is where the budget iphone will be released and not in the US. Thats where Apple is struggling cause they have cheaper devices there and Apple needs to gain some ground.

    • David Gitman

      iPhone 5C = iphone 5 cheap?

      • Cesar D

        iPhone 5S = iPhone 5 Sand?

      • David Gitman

        maybe iPhone 5 silver

      • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

        iPhone 5S = iPhone 5 from last year with a new name

      • Cesar D

        And new processor for the new operating system for the new apps which come within

      • Matthew Cooper

        Yeah ive heard that one. C stands for cheap. Why would Apple name any of their devices cheap even if it was lower priced. Cheap is not a good word to describe anything

      • David Gitman

        like what they did with 4s = 4 + Siri

      • Matthew Cooper

        I see what u are saying but Speed is a good thing. The faster the better. Cheap on the other hand could mean poorly made. Which is not a good thing

      • http://www.destroypixels.com/ Nicolas Arteaga

        iPhone 5 Carats. Released for ten times the price.

    • Question

      My guess iPhone 5S stands for iPhone Supermariobros3dworld

  • Burge

    No way will there be a gold one ..fugly
    iPhone C = iphone colour
    IPhone 4S is just like the S on 3GS it does not stand for Siri, it just stands for Speed. It’s a speed increase of that model of iphone..so iPhone 5s is just a speed increase of that type of iphone..the iphone 6 will be a new style of iphone..as for more mega pixal camera how big are you blowing these pictures up by..

    • Ben

      with a fingerprint sensor, the S in iPhone 5S could stand for security

    • David Gitman

      How about 3GS for second edition ?
      And 4S is 4+siri

      • iThinkergoiMac

        No, Apple stated specifically that the S in 4S is for speed.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    I don’t understand the need for a budget iPhone. The older models have always been the budget iPhones… In my opinion…

    • n0ahcruz3

      Its about marketshare now & staying relevant. Vision and creativity died along with steve jobs. Tim cook is ur typical CEO marketshare, stock buy backs, dividends etc.

    • http://www.destroypixels.com/ Nicolas Arteaga

      Also, I think that they’re looking to phase out the older connector to standarize Lightning.

  • Justin

    The gold 5S completely discredited the report in my book…

  • Alex Marwaha

    does anyone think the iphone 5C will have an a7 processor? or a better camera?

  • brooks whiffen seale

    I call BS

  • eder morisset

    Apple will never made a plastic iPhone never and never…. Lol apple leave plastic for samsung!!

    • Matthew Cooper

      Apple did indeed make a plastic iphone. Do you recall the 3G and 3GS?

      • Joseph

        I guess Apple fanboys won’t be able to use ‘plastic parts’ in their argument about Android phones anymore. ;)

      • sadaN

        Apple have and probably will make plastic phones again, but not with Samsung’s shitty quality standard that let that metal-looking frame that is actually made of guess what? PLASTIC that peels off as if u had paid a tenner for it…

      • mehrab

        The metal bands around the gs4 scrachtes and chips of easily even with a case

      • Kaptivator

        They probably will. However, they will be at a discounted rate for emerging countries. I seriously doubt that they will only have the 5C.

    • n0ahcruz3

      Lol

  • rasengan720 .

    Please let it not be 8 MP camera.. It’s time they put a a camera with higher pixels and better resolution and more frame rate as well.. Since flagships of other companies have beefed up their mobile cameras…

    • n0ahcruz3

      This ^ lets remove our rose colored glasses for a sec. But i dont think apple will stay on 8 megs.

    • Rowan09

      The Moto X and the HTC one didn’t beef up their camera megapixels. MP is for taking huge pictures so I hope they work on clarity and optics instead of only beefing up the megapixels.

  • Ted Forbes

    5C is just 5C just the next iPhone just like 4S is just 4S. You use it until the next model or until you get tired. And about the 41 or 13 mp camera this is only image size. If you take a bad picture at 41mp or 13mp it will not matter it is going to be a bad picture. “It is not only how well a thing is but rather always how well the thing is used”. What does it matter what s or c means it wont change how well the phone is or how well it is used. 5c is not 3s, motor x or galaxy it is 5c, 5s is 5s, markings to distinguishes each make and model iPhone one from the next. 5c, what is it? “It’s an iPhone”! Just “iPhone”.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Apple should change the two toned color on the black iphone. It is very unappealing imo.

  • onebyone_

    iPhone 5 + S (scan-sensor-security)

  • Sam L.

    Rich ass in Dubai be like: :okay: I’m not special anymore

  • Gorgonphone

    oh great a gold iBling Phone perfect

  • Gabriel Diaz

    What does the C stand for in 5C??

    • Gabriel Diaz

      Color. Nevermind :)

  • D.

    Gold? WTF is Apple thinking.

  • http://www.destroypixels.com/ Nicolas Arteaga

    Gold? looks more like Diarrhea color :-/

  • Al Fresco

    Just want to throw this out there…. you want to take nice photos?? Buy a real camera!!
    My dad taught me how to take photographs with his 1970’s SLR. I had negatives, and only developed the photos that I wanted to. I bought a “camera phone” when they were new around year 2000, they sucked then and have gotten a little better since. My iPhone 3G took shitty photos. My iPhone 4 takes shitty photos. Now i’m up for a new phone and i can guarantee the iPhone 5s will take shitty photos.
    People with “smartphones” always take shitty photos with their phones. Who cares about your kale salad and bathroom selfies…
    MP’s don’t matter when all people do is take shitty photos that are never selected or edited for quality or composed and thought of like they used to be. Just more disposable content in our ever more disposable society.
    END of 1st and only ever rant on iDB.

    • nyangejr

      you talk shitty rants

      • Al Fresco

        i’m inclined to like your comment. I’m not big on rants either

  • Joe Benning

    Very funny Apple… “Hey, what kind of phone is that?” “Oh, this? It’s a iPhone 5Cheap. I mean..iPhone 5C…