Everything we think we know about iPhone 5C

By , Sep 7, 2013

Tim Cook (iPhone 5C, Martin Hajek 002)

It’s now widely accepted Apple will, for the first time in iPhone history, launch not one but two new iPhones this coming Tuesday. One, a flagship iPhone 5S, and the other a long-rumored budget iPhone that should help the company tap emerging markets where telcos rarely subsidize devices.

Critics assume the so-called iPhone 5C will somehow flop because it’ll have a plastic shell. In reality, coupled with Apple’s marketing prowess and brand power, the iPhone 5C will widen Apple’s price umbrella and replace the $450 off-contract iPhone 4S as Apple’s most affordable iPhone yet – without offering a two-year old hardware.

We’ve combed through a flurry of news stories, analyst reports and speculative articles, weighing in each source/publication’s credibility to come up with a set of features we’re fairly certain the iPhone 5C will include. Of course, your guess is as good as ours so don’t shy away from voicing your opinion down in the comments…

Basically an iPhone 5 redesigned around the polycarbonate plastic casing offered in a variety of bright colors, the iPhone 5C is meant to improve Apple’s standing in emerging markets like China, India and Russia while appealing to those who are looking for a more affordable alternative to Apple’s flagship iPhone.

Here’s what we think we know so far about Apple’s controversial plastic iPhone, based on the widely-accepted rumors, leaks and reports by reliable bloggers and credulous publications.

The name: just don’t call it cheap

At first, journalists dubbed it the budget iPhone, with big media such as WSJ, Reuters and Bloomberg opting for the politically correct nicknames to refer to a ‘less-pricey’, ‘low-cost’ or ‘inexpensive iPhone’.

It wasn’t until NowhereElse.fr published a set of photos showing a bunch of boxes with the label ‘iPhone 5C’ on the side that the blogosphere adopted the moniker.

iPhone-5C

Since then, a number of analysts and outlets have confirmed the name, including WSJ, Bloomberg and China Telecom. So, what does the ‘C’ in the iPhone 5C denomination stand for? A number of theories are floating around: some say the ‘C’ means Colors.

After all, Apple’s tagline for the keynote reads “this should brighten your day” – while others postulate that the iPhone 5C stands for a ‘Chinese iPhone’, which we find hard to believe.

Apple invite (September 10 2013)

One thing is pretty certain: the ‘C’ does not stand for cheap. Apple’s never added the letter ‘C’ to an iPhone model before, leading some watchers to conjure the company might perhaps market the handset as an ‘iPhone C’. Which brings me to my question of the day.

iPhone 5C (blue, packaging, Martin Hajek 003)
iPhone 5C packaging render.

Assuming Apple sticks to its mid-cycle S-upgrades, what is a 2014 plastic iPhone going to be called? An iPhone 5CS? An iPhone CS? An iPhone 6C? What about 2015? There should be an iPhone 6S in 2016 so what’ll they call its budget variant, an iPhone 6CS?

Perhaps Apple should think about rethinking its iPhone naming convention?

Design: scratch-resistant plastic shell

Borrowing vague design cues from the iPhone 3G/3GS, the iPhone 5C ditches the two-tone aluminum iPhone 5 design for a rounded polycarbonate plastic casing that’s much easier to shape than aluminum. Even the lens cover appears to be plastic (the iPhone 5 uses sapphire crystal for added protection). The all-plastic casing obviously reduces parts and assembly costs, allowing for a more affordable device.

iPhone 5C (colors, backplate)

The backplate will be colorized and the front panel should be all black, though that’s inconclusive. Taking a closer look at the inside of the backpanel, the iPhone 5C uses both metal and plastic parts to support the internal components.

iPhone 5C (colors, metal)

A leaked manual clearly depicts the Lightning connector and standard hardware buttons, including the mute switch and Home, power/sleep and volume up/down buttons.

iPhone 5C (manual, SIM Only Radar 002)

The volume up and down buttons (below) are more of a pill shape, somewhat resembling the buttons found on the fifth-generation iPod touch. Now, even though it’s made from plastic, the handset’s casing is described as pretty thick and substantial, making the iPhone 5C slightly thicker, wider and heavier than its counterpart, as seen below.

iPhone 5C (thinckness, iPhone 5)

According to a scratch-resistance video by Taiwan’s Apple Daily, the iPhone 5C has a surface hardness of 8H on the pencil hardness test, or three times stronger than the regular PET film used to protect the iPhone’s display from scratches.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pegs the plastic body between 0.4 and 0.6 millimeters thick versus the average plastic casing at between 0.7 and 1 millimeter. The mix of glass fiber and plastic allows for a stronger, thinner and lighter appearance compared to other plasticky casings.

iPhone 5C (blue, volume roker)

Along the bottom (from left to right) there’s the headphone jack, the mic hole, space for a screw, the Lightning connector, another hole for a screw and the cutouts for the speaker – again, resembling more the fifth-generation iPod touch than the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5C (white, Sonny Dickson 002)

On the back, there’s an iSight camera, noise-canceling microphone and standard LED flash (leaving the rumored dual-LED flash exclusive to the iPhone 5S).

The expected cutout for the SIM tray on the left appears to be sized appropriately for the Nano SIM cards, like the iPhone 5. Like all prior handset models, the branding on the back simply says ‘iPhone’, with no model-specific moniker.

The display: four-inch Retina screen

There’s no question the iPhone 5C will pack in a four-inch display, even if the less-informed analysts have conjured up that the screen won’t be Retina for cost-saving reasons. That couldn’t be further from truth.

Make no mistake about it, Apple’s 2013 iPhone lineup is going to be all-Retina. The same goes for unfounded talk of a 3.5-inch display, which can be easily disputed by a myriad of leaked back shells.

iPhone 5C (yellow, front, back, Martin Hajek 001)
Will it be plastic with white or black front?

Bottom line: worst case, Apple could save a few bucks by outfitting the device with a non-IPS LCD technology, meaning poor man’s viewing angles like on the iPod touch.

Cameras: no surprises here

By all accounts, the iPhone 5C features the same front-facing FaceTime camera with a rather paltry 1.2-megapixel photos and bearable 720p HD video with up to 30 frames per second. The back-facing iSight camera is thought to be of an eight-megapixel variety with full HD 1080p video capture at up to 30 frames per second – essentially the same as on the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5C (protective case, Martin Hajek 003)
iPhone 5C protective case rendering.

Of course Apple could keep the costs down by downgrading the iPhone 5C’s back camera to an iPod touch-style five megapixels. Bottom line: given the company typically saves camera improvements for S-upgrades, we’re not expecting any of the iPhone 5S camera advances to make their way into the iPhone 5C.

Internals: similar to the iPhone 5

The rumor-mill seemingly agrees that many of the internals inside the iPhone 5C will match up with the currently available iPhone 5. This totally makes sense: Apple’s been building the iPhone 5 for a year and they must have optimized manufacturing and parts costs by now.

I imagine Apple’s supply chain maestro Tim Cook opted to re-use the iPhone 5 components to keep bill of materials at a minimum as opposed to engineering brand new parts. Here is reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s view of iPhone 5C internals.

KGI Securities (iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C specs)
iPhone 5S/5C specs comparison chart via KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

I wouldn’t hold my breath for a faster A7 chip as that package is ostensibly exclusive to the flagship iPhone 5S upgrade. Today’s photos purportedly representing the iPhone 5C logic board, posted by C Technology, conveniently echo reports of the iPhone 5 components inside the iPhone 5C.

Logic board (iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, C TEchnology 001)Logic board (iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, C TEchnology 002)
The iPhone 5 logic board (left) lines up nicely with the iPhone 5C screw holes (right).

Networking: no Gigabit Wi-Fi, NFC and LTE+

At a minimum, the iPhone 5C should support all flavors of fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology the iPhone 5 does. We’re not expecting support for up to three times faster LTE Advanced. LTE Advanced (also known as LTE-A or LTE+) allows for theoretical simultaneous download and upload speeds of 300 megabits per second, or up to three times faster than current LTE theoretical speeds.

While LTE Advanced networking is conceivable on the iPhone 5S, cost considerations and the currently very low penetration rate of this latest standard make the ultra-fast 150MBit LTE Advanced a no-go on the iPhone 5C.

On the other hand, if China Mobile will sell the iPhone 5C, the device must support the telco’s nascent TD-LTE 4G network. There could also be a special China Mobile version of the iPhone 5C, even if that runs contrast to Apple’s penchant for keeping things simple.

iPhone 5 promo (LTE chip 001)

Whether or not the iPhone 5C supports 802.11ac – the latest in Wi-Fi networking – is up for the debate. Also known as Gigabit Wi-Fi, the standard promises three times the data throughput of the conventional Wi-Fi standard.

Now, only the 2013 editions of the MacBook Air family and the AirPort Express/Time Capsule wireless appliances sport 802.11ac networking . The upcoming Mac Pro will have it and it’s fairly safe to speculate that Gigabit Wi-Fi will be part of the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2, as well as Haswell-focused iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro refreshes.

iOS 7 AirDrop

AirDrop, one of the headline new iOS 7 features, is hardware-dependent. Even though AirDrop does not specifically require 802.11ac chips, the feature is currently supported only on the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad mini and fifth-generation iPod touch.

That said, we imagine the same Wi-Fi networking capabilities from the iPhone 5 will be supported on the iPhone 5C, at a minimum. Chances of Apple giving the iPhone 5C LTE Advanced and 802.11ac capabilities are slim – it’s perfectly plausible these features are exclusive to the flagship iPhone 5S.

No, we’re not expecting NFC either.

Summing up, we think the iPhone 5C will feature Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi on 2.4 and 5GHz bands, aGPS and GLONASS, as well as DC-HSPA+ and LTE.

Colors: five bright colorways

The iPhone 5C is expected to come in various colorways, some of them revealed by the frequent part-spotter Sonny Dickson. In total, the handset should be offered in five different colors: blue, green, yellow, white and red – the latter appearing to be more of a pinkish hue.

plastic iphone shells

Sketchy reports have also called for a completely black iPhone 5C, though the leaked shots were later debunked as fake.

Black iPhone 5C (Sonny Dickson 001)Black iPhone 5C (Sonny Dickson 002)
The fake iPhone 5C backplate.

Here is a potential green variant without the sticker.

Green iPhone 5C in packaging

And the following image apparently represents a bunch of iPhone 5C units being warmed up at Pegatron’s Shanghai plant for quality assurance purposes.

pegatron-iphone-5c

Pegatron is Apple’s primary assembler of the iPhone 5C as Apple seeks to diversify risk after last year Foxconn manufacturing glitches with the iPhone 5 (hint: scratches, nicks and Scuffgate), according to WSJ.

The contract manufacturer, named after the mythical flying horse Pegasus, became a minor producer of iPhones in 2011 and started assembling iPad minis last year.

Packaging: plastic box ala iPod touch

Apple’s never made a plastic iPhone box before so folks were taken aback when NowhereElse.fr published photos depicting boxes with the label ‘iPhone 5C’ on the side.

Though we can’t vouch for their authenticity, a number of photos from various sources have corroborated that the device will come inside a transparent plastic box that looks a lot like the iPod touch packaging.

Here’s iPhone 5C packaging shared by NowhereElse.fr in late-July.

iPhone5C

And below is the current iPod touch plastic box.

iPod touch 5G box (Flickr user by emilykiel)
Image credit: Flickr user ‘emilykiel‘.

Another claimed photo by Chinese website iApps.im suggested Apple would color-match the external coloring of the device with the wallpaper. The shot below shows us the packaging with a red iPhone 5C along with a matching red wallpaper.

iphone5c1

And here’s apparently a blue iPhone 5C, still in its retail packaging.

Blue iPhone 5C packaging closeup

Watchful readers could point out Apple since 2012 has been color-matching the external coloring of the iPod nanos with the wallpaper, as can be seen below.

iPod nano 7G (blue, box, Flickr user Setuka)
Image credit: Flickr user ‘setuka‘.

So what else is in the box?

According to purported photographs posted on the Chinese micro-blogging website Sina Weibo and the Dutch blog SIM Only Radar, there’s also the included manual along with the official Apple stickers, the standard regulatory documentation and the SIM ejector tool Apple’s been bundling with all iPhone models to date.

iPhone 5C (manual, SIM Only Radar 001)

Summing up, as the iPhone 5C is all about building a more affordable device for cash-strapped buyers. Therefore, it’s not entirely inconceivable that cost saving measures would extend to the product’s retail packaging. Another benefit of transparent plastic boxes: folks get to see the actual device right on store shelves.

Pricing: think mid-range, not cheap

The iPhone 5C should be sold for a significantly lower price than the flagship iPhone 5S when purchased off-contract, with a full retail price pegged at $350-$450 or $400-$500, depending on whom you ask. At any rate, That’s considerably more affordable than the $649 price of the unsubsidized iPhone 5.

While Apple is believed to offer the iPhone 5C both on and off-contract from day one – unlike past iPhone releases where a contract-free variant arrived a few months following the launch – carrier subsidies should bring the upfront payment down to something like $99 for customers willing to sign on the dotted line.

iPhone 5 presser (Phil Schiller, iPhone family prices)

Assuming the off-contract iPhone 5C starts out at $450 for the basic model with sixteen gigabytes of storage (or perhaps even 8GB?), the 32/64GB tiers should translate to $550 and $650, respectively. Sorry, we’re not expecting a 128GB iPhone 5C variant – yes, another iPhone 5S exclusive.

Moreover, the $99 entry price point would fit the expected $199/$299/$399/$499 tiers for on-contract 16/32/64/128GB iPhone 5S versions. Finally, if the company keeps the 16GB iPhone 5 as an entry-level option, expect it to be offered for free – with a two-year contract, of course.

One caveat: should Apple drop the iPhone 5/4S/4 from the lineup come September 20, the on-contract iPhone 5C could just as well become Apple’s new “free” iPhone.

Tim Cook (iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Martin Hajek 007)

I’m only speculating here, but the aforementioned price matrix would be consistent with Apple’s strategy of discounting previous-generation iPhones. Oh, we also don’t expect the iPhone 4S to be offered shortly as its smaller 3.5-inch screen would feel oddly out of place in the iPhone 5/5S/5C four-inch Retina lineup.

Last but not least, it’ll be interesting what ad tactics Apple’s marketing wizards cook up to pitch a plastic iPhone to consumers without sounding like a lesser-buy.

Availability: September 20, coming later to China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo

We’re expecting both the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S to be available across Apple’s key markets beginning Friday, September 20, with iOS 7 preloaded. This should give Apple a period of ten days to collect pre-orders between the September 10 announcement and wider September 20 availability.

As evidenced by employee vacation blackouts – not only by Apple, but major U.S. carriers as well – the device is expected to launch simultaneously across AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile networks. Sprint hasn’t cancelled their retail employee vacations yet so we’re guessing the telco could land the new iPhones a bit later.

The iPhone 5 launched last September in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. By the end of 2012, the handset launched on 240 different carriers in a hundred countries.

iPhone 5 September 28 rollout

WSJ all but confirmed that Apple has finally inked a landmark distribution agreement with China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier. Two days ago, Reuters confirmed that Japan’s NTT DoCoMo will start carrying iPhones this Fall. Both are huge developments for Apple as the iPhone isn’t yet available on some of the world’s largest wireless carriers.

China Mobile has 700+ million subscribers, more than AT&T and Verizon combined! NTT DoCoMo is 60 million mobile users strong. Just adding these two carriers to the fold should add up significantly to iPhone sales and Apple’s bottom line.

Sales predictions

According to one estimate, expanded distribution will help the company push 13 million iPhone 5S/5C units in the first ten days of sale – or more than a million units a day – per Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves. Those would be record numbers, in accordance with the ‘most successful launch in Apple’s history’ prediction.

All told, Hargreaves expects up to 13 million iPhone sales before the September quarter closes and some 31 million units during the Christmas quarter.

iPhone 5C videos

If picture is worth a thousand words, a video may be worth a million.

Colors side-by-side by TLDToday
Back housing components unboxing by TLDToday
Red iPhone 5C fully assembled, powered on, running Safari, by C Technology
Comparison of iPhone 5/5S/5C shells, by Dom Esposito
Scratch resistance test by AppleDaily.com.tw
Hands-on with the yellow iPhone 5C back shell by Sonny Dickson
Hands-on with the white iPhone 5C back shell by Sonny Dickson
Early look at the white iPhone 5C housing by DetroitBORG
iPhone 5C mystery case by Macotakara

You’re going to love these hands-on clips.

Signing off…

About the flagship iPhone 5S: two-tone iPhone 5 design, colorized backplate choices – including the controversial gold/champagne and graphite variants – at least a third-faster A7 chip and improved camera with much better low light shooting, 120FPS slow motion video capture, a 12 or 13-megapixel sensor and dual-LED flash.

And of course, the central feature: a redesigned Home button with an AuthenTec fingerprint sensor for user authentication (Slide To Identify?) and more. It should be the handset’s killer feature. If it means anything, insiders liken it to the seismic shift Siri was two years ago.

Fingerprint

Apple recently began training its AppleCare support staff and retail employees on iOS 7 and iTunes Radio so we’re expecting both devices to hit Apple Stores and carriers simultaneously. Those of you looking to dump your old device, Apple will pay up to $280 credit for used iPhones.

So what do you guys think?

Did I miss anything?

Let me know down in the comments and I’ll update the article accordingly.

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  • TinTonB

    If this doesn’t actually come out, I’m going to laugh. :P

    But in all seriousness, I don’t really want to. If Apple want to keep sales high and devices top of the review charts, just; keep making them in smexy materials that feel solid and good quality, get good fast competitive hardware in there and screen size of the iPhone 5 is just perfect for my hands (i found the iPhone 4 too small for my larger-than-average hands). Just don’t get arrogant and think the fanboys will stay no matter what, they won’t.

    I’m certainly at ease if I feel its just not cutting it anymore, but for now the Apple ecosystem suits me fine, I just use my custom rig I built as I know exactly how i like my desktops, powerful and easy to tinker with. But my laptop, tablet and phone I want to just work, in which Apple does that for me.

    • Gregory Kitchens

      same here. My desktop is my pride and joy (next to my son of course) and I use is for all my gaming, CAD, and so on, it is so much more powerful than my 2011 MBP they arent even in the same category. but I use the Mac for work (seeing as how I’m an iPhone developer) and for more technical software development, and for network security/pen. testing. My iPhone and iPod are generally used for time wasting, and having instant information, like facebook updates, and emails for work. My rig is the first think I would grab if a fire broke out.

      • rasengan720 .

        You’re old enough to have a son and you’re still gaming?? I salute to you mister!!

      • Gregory Kitchens

        Yeah, I don’t get to as much as I would like, between work and the walking tornado (4 year old) but I try to play a bit every night if I can. I’m on steam a lot lately, since I found out tf2 is now f2p. but I also play soldier front 2 and a few others on there.

      • rasengan720 .

        And you play fps games.. Even better!! And love how you sides rive your child XD

      • Gregory Kitchens

        sides rive?

      • rasengan720 .

        sorry i meant describe.. it is difficult typing comments in the mobile safari browser and there’s the “genius” autocorrect too

      • Gregory Kitchens

        yeah, that’s the #1 thing that should be redesigned in iOS 7

      • rasengan720 .

        did you mean autocorrect? cause its been redesigned a little in ios 7

      • Gregory Kitchens

        Maybe a little will help, but I think it needs a whole new method of error suggestions. Sides rive and describe for example sound the same, but are spelled no where near similar. true the S&D are together, as are V&B, but letters like I&E are not and therefore are not likely typos, its kind of a bad algorithm I think. Also, I can never tap the little X to keep it from autocorrecting me, so no matter what I try it does it anyway.

      • Brandon Miranda

        I’m creating a website for my youtube channel and I realized I’m going to have to use my folk’s MacBook Pro or Air since we have both. But I am really pleased with there products and there going to help me out alot with my youtube “carrer”.

      • Gregory Kitchens

        Whats your channel, I’ll take a look and subscribe.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Trust me I LOVE it. I haven’t posted any videos lately but it’s TeensTechReview. I’m saving to buy a Nexus 4, then a Nexus 7, and a Chromebook. And I’m really confident I’ll be able to buy all of them because add it up and it cost a little more than an unlocked iPhone 5. (Love you Apple but, dang)

  • Ralph Castro

    if those are the final specifications of the iPhone 5S, it will be very disappointing

    • TeddyBearStand

      I was hoping for a larger battery.

    • Cameron Chao

      i disagree, specs =/= performance, Apple has always proved that against Android. The finger print sensor will be pretty revolutionary and more significant than Samsungs myriad of pointless features.

      • Ralph Castro

        i know, but if the finger print sensor will arrive with the iphone 5s, why would they put the same 1600mah battery.. i think it needs more and a better camera

      • Cameron Chao

        the battery size doesnt matter, what matters is the amount of hours of usage. And, i have the feeling the camera will surprise you, its a trend for the iphone to significantly improve the camera.

      • Ralph Castro

        I hope so

    • mehrab

      It will have 2xcpu and 9xgpu for apple the cpu does not matter much its all about the gpu the A4 to the A5 was 9x also. A6 wasnt a big upgrade but the A7 will be a quadcore 2x cpu and 9x gpu. Last but not least specs do not matter at all my htc one is slower and laggier then my iphone at most cases at loadingu p games, opening apps multitasking.

  • Tristan

    That’s not the current iPod touch box. That’s a 2G. I don’t know how you got the idea that’s a 5G when its running iOS 3.

  • chumawumba

    This article was kind of pointless, considering we already pretty much know all this

    • hocus86

      Did you not see the title of the article? This wasn’t supposed to contain new info, it was ROUND UP of what is expected…

      • Gurudas G

        ^ He’s correct. It’s mainly for the people who don’t come to idb very often and want to know more about this topic.

  • ImLouis

    Has anyone else noticed the event image has colours for the 5C and the gray ring for the 5S (as in the ring around the home button / sensor)

    • Christian Mejía

      Just stop. -__-
      How else would they make a white circle.

      • ImLouis

        You obviously missed my point, I m on about how people still think theses could be rumours when the event image shows the main feature of each phone

  • Alan Absalon

    There will be NO 128gb iPhone 5s. My predictions for the iPhone lineup for 2013:

    iphone 5c 8 gb = FREE
    iphone 5 16 gb = $99
    iphone 5s 32 gb = $199
    iphone 5s 64 gb = $299

    no more $399 price for a subsidized phone to keep profit margins up. My prediction for “one more thing” is reduced prices for iCloud storage.

    • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

      Why would $399 subsidized price negatively affect profit margin? Carriers pay full price and subsidize to get the consumer price down to $399.

    • Mac Ada

      the 8gb option is totally hardcore :D

  • Lé Andy

    To those who say that iPhone 5C won’t have a Retina Display, You’re WRONG!
    iOS7 is simply not capable of running on a non-retina device. The graphics and text-type were all made for retina devices. If the iPhone 5C had no retina, you won’t be able to read a word on the device because of the new thin font.
    (Helvetica Neue UltraLight)

    • Greg

      So what about the iPad mini?

      • Guest

        Hey, Hey Anyone reply to him the answer

    • Kush Bhimani

      ios 7 works on the ipad mini.. which is a non retina display device, get your facts right dude.. the iPhone 5C may just be retina display though..

    • Christian Mejía

      And the iPad 2 also no retina but still has iOS 7

      • Arnav Sailesh

        the screen is big enough for iOS 7 to work on ipad and the mini..you can see and read the font. But in an iphone, this will be impossible.

    • Anadiscus

      iPhone 4S is retina. if iPhone 5C replace them so we should expect retina iPhone 5C.

      And using currently-in-produce iPhone 5 4″ display would be cheaper than re-manufacture 4″ Non-Retina display, right? It is no point if you just moving backwards.

      iPad mini is other story, 7.9 Retina never manufacture before, so it might take time. 324 ppi is higher than iPad Retina (263), higher manufacture cost is expect. With retail price is lower than iPad, not possible for now.

  • Gregory Kitchens

    Here’s what I think. We’re wrong about 2 phones being released on September 10th. I think there will only be one. The other will be on November 11th or w/e. the first will be the 5S, the second will be the 5C. The 5C will be the China model. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

  • mav3rick

    It’s time for this madness to end: they’re NOT LAUNCHING 2 new phones. Not even one new. It’s just the last year outdated specs in a plastic case, yes coloured, and a slightly updated 5 this time collecting fingerprints.
    All true innovations! Inventing coloured plastic cases…

    • Thoughts

      Yeah right, at least when we drop our nice new plastic backed iPhone the back won’t explode off it like your crappy Samsung, and I’m yet to find anybody who carries a second internal battery around with them.

      • mav3rick

        You were screaming before that everybody else is just making plastic phones. Now your plastic will be better because is bearing the bitten fruit mark. It is just plastic, and in colours!
        Don’t let them get your brain.

  • Alan Absalon

    There will be NO 128GB iPhone 5s. In 72 hours, I shall prevail. This is because if there is a 128gb 5s, it will encroach with the macbook line in terms of on board memory.

    There will be only a 128gb iPhone if the ipad increases its capacity to 256gb.

    • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

      lmao. And people buy MacBooks instead of iPhones?

  • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

    Great roundup. I think there will be a 128GB 5S, and there will be at least 2 sizes for the 5C, 16GB, 32GB. Also I think China will receive same day release as US. That would be huge and add many more units. The Christmas quarter of 31 million seems really low. I think they’ll do closer to 40.

    • Alex Marwaha

      there has to be a 32 gig for 5c. if there is a 5c in 8gb, i will be mad :( i just cant afford to have 8 cause i am already using like 12.4

  • Sam Khan

    2 iPhones walk into a bar… I forget the rest.
    Only siri users know this joke :D

    • Christian Mejía

      Since Siri came out i never got how that was funny at all. Never made me laugh

  • Brandon Miranda

    Very good post!!

  • Dev Shah

    OR Instead Of Plastic They Could Have Just Added A Sim Tray To The More Premium Looking iTouch 5G.!!! :P

    • Gregory Kitchens

      Should probably add the hardware necessary to use wireless networks and calling, as well, oh, and it would need better speakers as well, and a larger battery to do all that. which would take the price to around $500+

      However, I agree with you. My iPod touch 5 looks much better than the supposed “5C” and would love to see the iPhone this thin.

      • Dev Shah

        Ya My Point Is $400-500 Range May Still Have Been Bearable,But This Is Just Going To Strengthen Apple Critics About Apples “Premium Quality” Policy :/

  • Christian Mejía

    In my opinion iOS 5 was the best iOS to be released to date.

  • Sanil Chitrakar

    Coming december i’m going to ditch softbank and jump to NTT docomo to get galaxy note 3. And i won’t be back to apple until they make iphone with bigger screen.

    • 3aloo1

      Bla Bla Bla ……

  • Sam Khan

    I don’t think apple will announce iPhones and iPads on the same day.

  • Anadiscus

    $400 will be deal breaker, $450 is just not worth it. If $450 I prefer Aluminium case like iPod.

  • Manuel Molina

    I’m starting to review the entire trade-offs, pros and con’s to the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C, and it sounds like the C is a lot better.

    No scuffs, scratches, cheaper and show the battery will be longer if its taking off some specs. If there’s no retina, then its not worth it.

    • Alex Marwaha

      all im looking for is like a $99 32gb (or possibly free) version of the 5c with retina, A6, and basically all same as 5. then I will buy. not 8gb though.

  • Alex Marwaha

    Hopefully 5c will have FaceTime audio

  • meetmeinparis

    scratch proof? HA! My friend has one and it is covered in scratches