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iPhone 5C round-up: specs, design, price, release date

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iPhone 5C round-up: specs, design, price, release date
Apple is a company known for producing premium products and for marketing these products at a premium price. That's why at first it seemed rather strange when rumors about a cheaper iPhone model started making the rounds. But now, with all the leaks that have surfaced over the past weeks, it looks like such a smartphone is coming indeed. In fact, the rumor mill has already provided us with lots of insider info about this so-called iPhone 5C. We know what it will look like, when it might launch, and how much Apple may end up charging for it. Read on as we walk you through all we know about the iPhone 5C so far, based on leaks and rumors.

Is "iPhone 5C" its official name?


The plastic-made iPhone 5C is expected to come in several colors

The plastic-made iPhone 5C is expected to come in several colors

Well, we aren't entirely sure, to tell you the truth. The only piece of evidence in favor of this moniker is a photo allegedly depicting the handset's retail packaging. The plastic boxes caught on camera have "iPhone 5C" written on them, with C supposedly standing for "color". Of course, the image might be fake, or it could be of a cheap clone's box, but let's just stick with the suggested name and call it that for the time being. UPDATE: A recent leak exposed the user guide for the iPhone 5C, so that's most likely the name we should be expecting.

What does the iPhone 5C look like?


Unlike the last several iPhone models, the iPhone 5C will be made of plastic – that's pretty much set in stone as the smartphone's casing has already been leaked dozens of times from various sources. However, the plastic of choice will most likely be of high quality. Actually, it might have relatively high resistance to scratching, according to rumors. Moreover, the iPhone 5C will come in a range of pretty colors, including red, green, blue, yellow, pink, and white. At the same time, we're confident that the iPhone 5C will adopt a number of design cues from the current iPhone model, although it may be a tad thicker and heavier. We're expecting the same form factor, button layout, and screen size found on the iPhone 5. UPDATE: Here's a leaked video of what looks like the iPhone 5C in action

What are the iPhone 5C hardware specs?


It is believed that the iPhone 5C will be very similar to the iPhone 5 in terms of hardware. That means it is going to have the same 4-inch LCD display with resolution of 640 by 1136 pixels, a dual-core Apple-made SoC backed by 1GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with a single LED flash. A 1.2MP cam for selfies should also be present. Storage space will be internal only, as always, with either 16,32, or 64 gigabytes at the user's disposal. No word on battery capacity yet, but the iPhone 5C battery isn't likely to be much larger than the 1440mAh cell currently used in the iPhone 5.

Does iOS 7 run on the iPhone 5C? 


The iPhone 5C will come running iOS 7

The iPhone 5C will come running iOS 7

Yes. The latest version of Apple's mobile OS will be ready just in time for the launch of the iPhone 5C, bringing a boatload of new features and improvements over last year's iOS 6. These include the overhauled platform user interface with improved multitasking, automatic app updates, redesigned notification panel, Control Center, AirDrop, and more. The real question is whether the iPhone 5C will get all of iOS 7's features or just some of them, leaving the best for the higher-end iPhone 5S. But since the iPhone 5 will be getting the full iOS 7 experience, we see no reason to believe that the iPhone 5C user experience will be limited in one way or another.

When is the iPhone 5C going to launch and for how much?


Now that's a good question. Unfortunately, we cannot give a solid answer yet, but rumors are pointing at a September 10 announcement for both the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. Then several days later, on or around September 20, the former should already be available for purchase in the US. The exact days might be different, however, as other rumors are suggesting that the iPhone 5C won't be out until October. Pricing is supposedly set at $99 on a 2-year contract with a US carrier, or around $400 to $500 with no obligation. UPDATE: Accessory makers are planning on shipping their iPhone 5C gear on September 20, so that's most likely when the smartphone is going to launch. China Mobile – the world's largest carrier – is said to be among the carriers that will be offering the device. 

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posted on 29 Aug 2013, 17:49 13

1. karim77 (Posts: 66; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


The price will always be the biggest concern

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 12:52

24. medicci37 (Posts: 628; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


i cant see any real differance between the 5 and 5c. this is going to be a bad year apple

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 16:20

25. Timiowo (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


No It wont. This is one idea I know that will bring android and Samsung to its knees.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 00:40

28. Babyfacemagee (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


iPhone5Cforum.com is now open! Come join the community!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 17:50 7

2. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Tank you PA !!!!
We were depressed, thinking that you will not provide anymore every hour "news" about this iMagic.
Now we can breathe freely, again.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 20:32 2

14. PAPINYC (Posts: 2289; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Damn you, iWas going to say the same thing without the iMagic part, though, you got me there. Nonetheless, I'm glad there's a place to come to to be endlessly bombarded by something we're sick of hearing about [dangle preposition] …

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 06:59 1

18. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


who is this \"WE\" you speak of?

This is not a home for android news but news for all devices and cell phone manufacturers.

Most people just scroll past the apple articles but YOU just can\'t help yourself, GOTTA CLICK ON IT HUH? smh lol

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 17:57 13

3. zig8100 (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


With the HTC One at a $99 price point why would anyone buy this? The S3 will still be a better option then this also. The 5c will be outclassed by "older" Android phones.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 18:13 6

5. apple4never (Posts: 948; Member since: 08 May 2013)


and soon enough well get the z1 and the z1 mini, i wonder if theyre gonna get sued at z10 lol

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 16:21

26. Timiowo (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


blackberry sucks

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:09 3

11. zig8100 (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


The S4 is also at $99.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 03:20

17. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Because it is iPhone. Who do you think will not buy this?

-No i'll Pass!!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:43

21. wrm2013 (Posts: 172; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Ahahahah. It's the new iPhone of course everyone will buy it

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:04

22. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


People buy the iphone because it has become a fashion statement (don't know how else to put it) People buy diamonds cos its always expensive, People buy iPhones cos of the same reason. Now, Think about this, if Apple releases a cheap product then it's not going to be exclusive anymore. It will sell well at first but will fade out quick....Like Rols Royce producing entry level cars, Very bad for brand image

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 18:09

4. Kishin (Posts: 610; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Its supposed to be around 250$ to 400$ off contract.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 18:41 1

6. mrfamous1 (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


I have a friend that work for Foxxconn...... I have the iPhone 5c already. It works great fast and it has great reception.......

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 18:46 12

7. gagdude (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


hahahahhaha stfu

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 18:51

8. mrfamous1 (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


Seriously

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:02

9. zig8100 (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


LMAO For real

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:42

13. kalloud (Posts: 109; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


So it's called iPhone 5C? Does it have Siri? How much does it cost off contract?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 00:47

19. Xeriffs (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)


The \"S\" in 4S has nothing to do with siri... Its budget phone that\'s outgunned and outclassed. Apple\'s still getting iRaped out there.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 20:38 2

16. apple4never (Posts: 948; Member since: 08 May 2013)


lol black market right here...... psst can you get me a note 3 ?

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:08 4

10. sunnyfpy (Posts: 51; Member since: 12 May 2013)


Poor specs ,not worth the price.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:30 10

12. scsa852k (Posts: 293; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Honestly, iOS 7 looks like a cheap launcher theme on Android.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 20:38 1

15. PAPINYC (Posts: 2289; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yes, except paying the expensive price validates it and, thus, validates he who uses it. Validation is very important. If you don't believe me ask Miley Cyrus.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:24 1

20. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


c stands for cheap

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:42

23. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


so the iphone 5c is basically the iphone 5 made of cheap plastic.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 06:26

27. DavidRedpath (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)


Such a shame Apple didn't release a more affordable iPhone 5C wp.me/p36QpK-E5

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