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

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?

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? 

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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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. karim77

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

The price will always be the biggest concern

24. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

25. Timiowo

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

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

28. Babyfacemagee

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

2. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 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.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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] …

18. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 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

3. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 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.

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

26. Timiowo

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

blackberry sucks

11. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

The S4 is also at $99.

17. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Because it is iPhone. Who do you think will not buy this? -No i'll Pass!!

21. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

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

22. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 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

4. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

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

6. mrfamous1

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

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

7. gagdude

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

hahahahhaha stfu

8. mrfamous1

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 25, 2012


9. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

LMAO For real

13. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

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

19. Xeriffs

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 17, 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.

16. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

10. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

Poor specs ,not worth the price.

12. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

20. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

c stands for cheap

23. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

27. DavidRedpath

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 03, 2013

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

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