iPhone 5c tech specs

By , Sep 10, 2013

iPhone 5c colors

Those who dared saying the “the C in iPhone 5C is for Cheap” were proved to be wrong. As it stands, the iPhone 5c is anything but cheap. Pretty much an iPhone 5 in a new shell, the iPhone 5c is Apple’s most colorful iPhone yet.

The iPhone 5c tech specs don’t have anything very exciting, especially if you’ve already looked at the iPhone 5s specs, which we published not long ago. In an effort to document the release of the iPhone 5c, we will post the device’s tech specs here for posterity…

Color:

  • White
  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Green

Capacity and Price:

  • 16GB – $99
  • 32GB – $199

Weight and Dimensions:

  • Height: 4.90 inches (124.4 mm)
  • Width: 2.33 inches (59.2 mm)
  • Depth: 0.35 inch (8.97 mm)
  • Weight: 4.65 ounces (132 grams)

Chips:

  • A6 chip

Cellular and Wireless:

  • Model A1532 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1532 (CDMA)*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1456*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev B. (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • Model A1507*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
  • Model A1529*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Location:

  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular

Display:

  • Retina display
  • 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

iSight Camera:

  • 8 megapixels
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • LED flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection
  • Panorama
  • Photo geotagging

Video Recording:

  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 30 fps
  • LED light
  • Video stabilization
  • Take still photo while recording video
  • Face detection
  • 3x zoom
  • Video geotagging

FaceTime Camera:

  • 1.2MP photos (1280 by 960)
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Backside illumination sensor

Video Calling:

  • FaceTime
  • iPhone 5c to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi-Fi or cellular
  • Initiate video calls over LTE, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+, 3G, and 2G
  • HVGA-resolution (480 by 368) calls over Wi-Fi

Audio Calling:

  • FaceTime
  • iPhone 5c to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi‑Fi or cellular

Audio Playback:

  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and Video:

  • AirPlay mirroring and video out to Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Power and Battery:

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

Sensors:

  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

In the Box:

  • iPhone 5c with iOS 7
  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

You can see the iPhone 5c official tech specs on Apple’s website.

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  • Swifity

    So technically, that is SLIGHTLY better than my, now, discontinued iPhone 5? LONG LIVE iPHONE 5!

    • Danuel Carr

      I really don’t understand why they discontinued the 5 and not 4s. They could have once again made all the iPhones have the same charger and screen AND still kept the black and white color options on the larger screen size.

      • chumawumba

        If you think about it, having a 5 and a 5c would not make sense

      • Franck Kamayou

        And this will push the 5S sales… when the 4S came out, the 4 was still outselling the 4S. Also let’s remember this is a 12 month upgrade, compared to a previous 18 month upgrade.

      • imra qyasif

        Also to make sure that the original iPhone 5 wont outselling 5c causing the 5c dead on arrival.

  • Lnds500

    It’s not “iPhone for Cheap”, it’s Apple’s Cheap attempt to raise its profit margins. I seriously expected more. Give us the usual last-year’s-model-for-$100-less strategy and you can keep your tacky plastic phones.

  • Markie

    Why does the price say $99 or $199?

    • Cameron Nelms

      16/32 Gigs.

      • Markie

        Sorry, I meant like, why does it say $99/$199 here and on the other article about the 5c it says like, $549/$649

      • Cameron Nelms

        Thats for an unlocked phone

      • Pumpinsideme

        99/199 is for a 2 year contract. Of you want to buy the phone itself (no contract), then its 549/649

      • Markie

        Ok, thanks. Thats what I thought, just making sure :)

  • Guest

    In regards to your first paragraph, the iPhone 5C is actually a relatively low cost device. In apparently cost Apple around $200 (based off of WSJ) to make an iPhone 5, and now the iPhone 5C is using relatively similar specs as the iPhone 5 (which are now about a year old), and the back panel is polycarbonate instead of aluminum.

    Regardless of all of this, they still are charging $549 for the cheapest model…

    It’s a nice design, regardless. I would’ve liked to see a black color, though.

    • Yujin

      and that means….apple can still make more money even when sales are low….remember this is not a non-profit…is a corporation….

  • Albert Brennaman

    I wish u could get an iPhone5c with the iPhone5s insides …. I want the color and the good insides haha

  • benz_85

    Why we have to hate apple sometimes.

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

      I’m not sure why? These are two radically different devices. Sure Nokia was FIRST to use bright colors on their phones, but if you really want to be picky, you can argue that Apple was first to use these bright colors on their iPods, and iMacs

      • Rafael Damasceno

        Does the sentence “single polycarbonate piece” ring any bells? IMHO, that’s what Samsung fans say when we say they copied Apple. I openly admit that Apple has failed us and themselves by doing this. The phones look nothing but identical.

      • mav3rick

        Samsung phones were also radically different devices, just using the same swipes to control the screen.

        Some kitchen utensils might got the bright colors even before. The case here is about the phones.

      • Kurt

        Microsoft/Nokia should sue. But perhaps they will lose as its still a revolutionary rectangle with revolutionary rounded corners and a RESolutionary screen

  • Yujin

    better than iPhone 5, cheaper….sounds good to me..and yes…$100 makes a BIG difference in CHINA…not here in the US.

  • Gagan Mohal

    according to me iPhone 5 was way better looking then this 5c.

  • Bieberkinz

    The colors look ugly… Guess I’d have to go for blue. Since red look like a salmon color…

    • MR

      its not red, its pink

      • Bieberkinz

        Trust me, its a salmon color. I lived in a salmon-colored house for most of my life until the family repainted it a couple years ago. Salmon is a wide variety of colors. So in hindsight, its a med-shade salmon, not too light going on boardline pink, but not dark enough to call it “Red”

    • Kurt

      Go for the iPhone 5.

      • Bieberkinz

        I would, but I need to save some money. I take the 5C for the reason of its exactly the same as the 5, its $99 when it comes out vs the current $199 iP5 for the 16GB i want, and I have better experience with taking care of plastic vs. whatever is the 5/5S. $99 is my max for a new phone on a new contract, cause I was waiting for THIS phone when my contract expired in July.

  • disqus_HYaXrnriLr

    IMO the 5c would have looked much better with white face screens to go with the color. But as for the announcements as an iPhone 5 owner I’m not that impressed. Waiting for iPhablet.