Can the Apple iPhone 5C be keyed?

Can the Apple iPhone 5C be keyed?
A published report out of Taiwan on Wednesday included a video showing one of those alleged Apple iPhone 5C shells undergoing a damage test. In one test, the casing was placed into a bag containing a key and some coins. The phone, keys and bag were shaken up to see how the casing holds up after being in a pants pocket containing the same materials.

According to the report, the plastic shell gets passing marks and even scored a high "8H" on the surface hardness test. The dimensions of the Apple iPhone 5C casing used in the test were 124.55 mm tall x 59.13 mm wide x 8.98mm thick. The Apple iPhone 5 measures 7.6mm thick in comparison. But that can be blamed on the difference between using a premium aluminum material for the full-priced variant of the phone versus using a cheaper (albeit durable) plastic for the budget model.

Another picture in the report showed a blue shell for the Apple iPhone 5S. While the cover included the pill or lozenge shaped dual LED flash, it also appeared to have some sort of film over the part which gave it a grainy look.

Based on the video, it looks like the plastic Apple iPhone 5C will be durable and won't be easy to scratch up. We still have about three weeks left until the introduction of the Apple iPhone 5S and the Apple iPhone 5C, so we should expect more information to leak as we get closer to the big day. We wish that someone would drop a prototype of either model (we're not picky) in a bar somewhere in Silicon Valley so we can get a look at the finished product. But that kind of thing never happens, right?

source: AppleDaily (translated) via MacRumors, CNET

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iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

There's no keyhole, so no.

2. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

When they start making phones out of titanium you can use the word premium. Until then at least give aluminum the respect it deserves as a cheap metal.

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It depends what kind of aluminum that's used. There's a big difference between an aluminum can and the aluminum used in aircraft.

31. stealthd unregistered

Premium does not mean tough or durable. And anodized aluminum is in no way cheap, it's a pretty expensive process.

3. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Better question... who cares?

4. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'm guessing you, if you cared to comment.

7. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

oh my goodness can we please stop these pointless comments commenting on someones pointless comment

32. stealthd unregistered

The who cares posts aren't pointless, they're valuable dumbass detectors.

10. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

I care about letting people know i don't care, touche

23. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I believe that's an insecurity.

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Looks like you care broseph.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The aluminium iPhone 5 would have been scratched and dinged all to hell, but it's premium. The plastic has none of those issues, but it's cheap. BTW, aluminum goes for under a dollar per pound. The aluminum in the iPhone is worth about 25 cents.

8. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i would rather have painted carbon fiber/kevlar/fiber glass

13. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

How much does it cost to pour plastic into a mold to make a galaxy phone compared to bending,all kind of processes. and modifying aluminium to make a unibody iPhone? With your way of thinking a mercedes benz s class should cost few thousands of dollars since its aluminium and plastic and aluminium is so cheap and making something costs nothing according to you.

15. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Open Yours Pepsi and child out!!!!

18. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nice try at re-interpreting what I said. What about the labor that goes into making something makes the original material more premium? Every layer of labor that goes into something adds cost, that's obvious. A piece of canvas isn't a premium material, but if the right person brushes paint onto it, it can be worth thousands or more. That doesn't make canvas a premium material. It is an appropriate material for painting. Aluminum isn't a premium material, it's a cheap material. Polycarbonate isn't a premium material either, but it's a material that is not only light and moldable (like aluminum), but is also scratch resistant, doesn't deform on bending and is radio invisible (all of which aluminum isn't). It's a material that makes more sense for a phone.

29. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You better alert the aviation industry. The $16 million Apache I was the crewchief on from 1988 to 1991 was mainly constructed of magnesium, kevlar, and, you guessed it, aluminum. Painted plastic? You are right, it's cheap as hell.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Aluminum is appropriate for aircraft design. Your Apache wasn't "premium" because of the aluminum.

41. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

So you are telling me it costs the same to use plastic the kind of galaxy s4 uses compared of using aluminium and glass that iPhone 5 uses? Aluminium isn't nowhere near a premium material. Carbon fiber is, titanium alloys are too. But if aluminium is used the way apple, HTC, and many other use it, it gives you the FEELING of premium. Thats the key difference here. You think its a coincidence or hate from apple fans that EVERYONE beside Samsung hardcore fanboys believe that galaxy s line feels cheap? P.S. for using plastic you just need to pour it into a pre made mold. To make unibody aluminium case for iphones, htc;s etc you need s**t loads of processes cutting and bending to achieve same thing that plastic does. All that makes the phone FEEL premium. Have you ever seen a plastic watch that's considered premium?

36. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Shhh, someone might bring up how much the iPhone components actually cost compared to what Apple charges you for them.

33. stealthd unregistered

Raw aluminum might be cheap, but getting it anodized certainly isn't.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Please, I've anodized aluminum in my home for telescope parts. It's not expensive, nor does it make the aluminum a premium material.

11. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

The article should say "Can the apple iphone 5c be keyed with a CAR key?" there are different type of keys that have a different level of sharpness to them.

12. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

Can It Blend!?

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

yo Apple make the colors of your Iphone 5C richer. they look too faint too pastel in color.

16. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Too "bubble gum", too gay... Why is it that Nokia or Motorola or even Samsung can pick rich shades of colours.?. And the "glossy" shine didn't help the Galaxy S Brand so why do you put it on the iPhone 5Cheap.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It didn't hurt the Galaxy S brand, either.

17. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Am I the only one worried that the phone might scratch my keys?

20. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You should get keys made of a premium material, then.

26. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Maybe when my contract is up.

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