The biggest talking point this year has been Apple’s “budget” or “low-cost” iPhone. Earlier in the year the first leaked shell appeared online, and since then we’ve seen a steadily increasing stream of images and information regarding what we now know as the iPhone 5c. Today, Apple finally officially unveiled it in Town Hall, Infinite Loop, Cupertino.
In what is fairly unsurprising news, the iPhone 5c looks exactly how we all expected – It has a hard-coated polycarbonate shell with black front bezel and a 4 inch Retina display. We all saw the leaks and it looks like at least some of those were accurate. Apple will also be selling iPhone 5c silicon covers at $29 each to accent your colour choice.
A neat feature of the iPhone 5c is that the outer plastic shell is reinforced by a steel frame which functions as a multiband antenna.
As for the internals, the iPhone 5c is the same as an iPhone 5. It contains an A6 chip and an 8 MP camera. The front facing FaceTime camera is improved, but apart from that, it’s just as capable as its predecessor.
Battery life has been a huge concern for some users, and the iPhone 5c will get the same battery life as the iPhone 5. This may disappoint those who were hoping for an increase, but with iOS 7 installed, we should hopefully see some performance improvements.
Pricing and Availability
The iPhone 5c will be $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB on 2 year contracts in the US.
Pre-order the iPhone 5c from this Friday (13th September) with the release on September 20th in the Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the UK, the US and for the first time – China gets a new iPhone at launch!