Say hello to the iPhone 5c

By , Sep 10, 2013

iPhone 5c (family, gree, blue, yellow, red, white)

Apple’s executives are on-stage at the company’s Town Hall campus in the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters. Head honcho Tim Cook kicked off the long-expected keynote at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern with his usual barrage of Apple biz stats (they don’t call him a numbers guy for nothing).

And now, the company has officially taken the wraps off a product critics said would never see the light of  day: a more affordable iPhone. They are calling it the iPhone 5c and it’s basically the existing 2012 iPhone 5 hardware redesigned around a polycarbonate plastic enclosure with a black front face and your choice  of one of the five brightly colored backplates: red, blue, yellow, green and white.

We have the full breakdown for you guys right after the jump…

“In the past, we’ve lowered the price of the iPhone, making it accessible to more people,” Tim Cook teased before unveiling the web’s worst-kept secret, the iPhone 5C name.

“We’re not doing that this year,” he added.

green iPhone 5c front and back

The device borrows much of the internals from the current-generation iPhone 5, including the A6 chip, the eight-megapixel iSight camera on the back. However, it has a slightly bigger battery. Oh, there’s also a four-inch Retina display with the same 1,136-by-640 pixel resolution like the iPhone 5.

The phone supports “more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world,” marketing head Phil Schiller boasted.

Apple is also getting back in the case game: they are offering custom cases for the iPhone 5c made of soft-feel silicon rubber (yes, there’s space around the handset’s camera and flash).

Blue iPhone 5c

Here, a few more slides.

iPhone 5C screen

You “won’t see seams, or part lines, or joins,” Schiller noted.

Again, the iPhone 5c is made from hard-coated polycarbonate plastic.

iPhone 5C shell

iPhone 5C camera

iPhone 5C camera

iPhone 5C A6

The 16/32GB will set you back $99/$199 with a two-year contract.

Summing up, the rumor-mill appears to have nailed every aspect of the iPhone 5c, up to the point where Tim Cook & Co. had little to no surprises left up their sleeve.

So, what’s your first impression of the iPhone 5c?

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  • Markus Hudobnik

    I think we all said ‘hello’ awhile ago.

    ;p

  • Johnny Walker

    Hi..

  • http://alpha.app.net/iProLgend mike ‘ .

    “So, what’s your first impression of the iPhone 5C?”

    Well, we already knew everything of it :P

    • Saeed Ghattas

      Yeah? So!? Now it’s out. We didn’t know if it has a retina display ot not, which processor, which camera, and even the battery last longer!

  • Marcus Daniel Houser

    is there a streaming link to watch?

    • anoadragon453

      Nope, sorry.

    • workin

      live(dot)cnet(dot)com/Event/CNETs_Apple_Sept_10_event_live_blog

  • ic0dex

    16 and 32gb WTF? Apple is losing it.

    • Markus Hudobnik

      why?

  • Seere Petrova

    looks ugly as hell…

  • http://alpha.app.net/iProLgend mike ‘ .

    So its the iPhone 5 but with another design?
    Than why is there a price change of 500 freaking dollars… :S

    • Dave Weinstock

      Its a price change of $100. iPhone 5 was $199 with contract, now 5C is $99 with contract. This is exactly the same strategy used with all previously outdated models.

      • Singed

        What I don’t get following this line of thinking is that if all previous year models are a hundred bucks cheaper and the 5C is pretty much the iPhone 5 with lame plastic cover, why do we pay 99$ for the plastic cover iPhone when we should have payed 99$ for the normal iPhone 5. You know, the one which doesn’t look like a cheap toy.

      • Dave Weinstock

        Its very simple. When the iPhone 5 came out, it went on sale for $199 with 2yr contract. The 4S price was reduced to $99 with 2yr contract.

        This time, the iPhone 5S is going on sale for $199 with 2yr contract. The iPhone 5 price was reduced to $99 with 2yr contract and the metal body was replaced with a colored plastic body and a “C” slapped onto the phone name. This reduces the production/manufacturing cost, increases profit, increases consumer appeal with color options, and hopefully sells well in markets where the iPhone 5S is too expensive.

        Its certainly nothing groundbreaking, but makes sense from a business perspective.

        The argument you’re making is that you liked the metal body on the 5 better than the plastic on the 5C. If thats the case, then buy a used iPhone 5, or a new 5S. For the rest of the world, the 5C and 5S are clearly better choices.

      • Singed

        Truth to be told, I don’t think I’m the only one who would prefer a metal case to a cheap-looking plastic one.
        It’s like if you want a new Apple phone, either you get the expensive one or the ridiculous looking one.
        Times like these I wonder why Nokia doesn’t manufacture N3310s anymore.

      • Dave Weinstock

        I’m sure you’re not. But the large majority of people who feel the same way you do, most likely either have an iPhone 5 already, or are in the market for the best new phone, and would be buying the 5S anyway. The 5C is for people who can’t afford the 5S. Settling for a cheaper phone points to the fact that they don’t really care about the most premium options like a metal phone body.

  • Boss

    just an iPhone 5 with different back case

  • Taf Khan

    What no black 5c?

    • Singed

      Apple is racist, it was known since the “white iPhone costs extra” scandal.

  • workin

    Seems like a cheap boondoggle to discontinue the iPhone 5 and then sell it again as the 5C? 5Cheap, 5C—-? But marketing as more accessible or maybe colours will be fun? kind of like having different coloured cases? What I’ve read here suggests people want a new ego thing from status brand to make happy conspicuous consumption not really innovation, eh?

  • RarestName

    That moment when the iPhone 5C looks better than the iPhone 5.

  • Jonathan

    Found a better website with quicker updates.

    live(dot)cnet(dot)com/Event/CNETs_Apple_Sept_10_event_live_blog

    • workin

      Wow, way good info there

  • Alejandro M. Marez

    to each his own… doesn’t work for me though.

  • Louis Pei

    Hey Guys I need help. I’m sorry if this is completely irrelevant but anybody has the same problem like this? I dragged my songs/ringtones to my phone but it’s stuck like this and can’t never be imported.

    • Taf Khan

      Now is not the time…

    • David Gitman

      Make sure they are M4r format

      • Louis Pei

        they are!

  • Rowan09

    How much is the full retail price for the 5C?

    • wadjj

      550 in us, 739 in au

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        lol

      • Rowan09

        Thanks

  • Szabolcs

    I’m really curious how much a carrier unlocked one would cost

  • Milo

    iPhone 5Cheap lol

  • Mike

    What’s the difference between the 5 and 5C…Besides the back cover???

    • Anthony Antunez

      New FaceTime HD Camera, improved backlighting, larger pixels, and FaceTime Audio (I think that’s actually just part of iOS 7. Really not a big difference.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      It’s more “affordable” for Apple to manufacture, thus bigger profit. That’s pretty much it; it’s just the iPhone 5 with a much less appealing look, just like they replaced the iPod Touch 4 with a less appealing iPod touch.

  • Rashid

    did they announe the price

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Soo innovative, isn’t it?

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  • Dao Sasone

    Sucs

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Hahaha, very affordable my ass. It’s pretty much the iPhone 5 in a much less appealing body, and a dropped price tag like every iPhone has when a new one is released…

  • nyangejr

    they won’t be doing that this year
    iPhone 5C = iPhone 5

  • Gagan Mohal

    Not just any plastic; this plastic is magical ;)

  • Matt Taylor

    Wtf are the black screen bezels about? Multiple color options all with black fronts is a complete contradiction is it not?

    I wonder if the white screen assembly from the iPhone5 will fit/work on the 5c… Hmm

  • Peter Johnson

    I think it is a smart move and may get more people switching from android.

  • @dongiuj

    So what does the “c” stand for?
    For, what was labelled as a “budget iPhone” it’s pretty damn expensive. Not sure who by or why it was labelled that.
    I hate the black face. The whole phone should have been colour coded, IMO.

  • @dongiuj

    “More affordable”
    A little cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean more affordable. Still too expensive for a massive amount of people.

  • maverickmax

    only the official price in asia will tell the success…