Apple announces the new iPhone 5c

At today's iPhone event in Cupertino, Apple has made the iPhone 5c official. The press conference is still in full swing, but the much rumored plastic backed iPhone is real. And, from a first look, it looks pretty much as we've expected it to following weeks of leaked information.

The 5c is a unibody plastic design round the back and sides. Plastic wise we're looking at a hard-coated polycarbonate. Hardware wise the iPhone 5c maintains the current 4-inch Retina Display, is powered by an A6 chip and has an 8MP iSight camera on the back. Round the front there's a FaceTime HD camera.

The iPhone 5c will also support LTE, specifically more LTE bands than "any other smartphone in the world." Cost in blue, white, green, yellow and pink will be $99 for 16GB and $199 for 32GB on a 2-year contract.

Who wants one?

Richard Devine

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Tyson Fulton says:

So this appears to be an iPhone 5 in plastic.

lbaxter says:

Excellent deduction, sir.

tigerinexile says:

Waiting to see whether the iPhone 5S starts at 32 GB.

Hoping it does...

enos_odam says:

Lovely coloured iphones! will love to have one!

jmburke1982 says:

I would like to have one as well. I loved the plastic backing on the 3g and 3gs!

sting7k says:

So it's an iPhone 5 in a plastic body with additional LTE support.

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Derrick4Real says:

wow. I hate all those colors. It's like an old navy capri pants commercial. I'm more a black, gunmetal, silver, matte black kinda guy. But i'd have thought they'd have gone something other than pastel. But there will probably after market backs to replace those with .

Tyson Fulton says:

I'm guessing they're not marketing these toward adult males. Possibly teenage girls?

KCMike says:

I kinda figured this would be $49 on contract.

lbaxter says:

That's what it should have been for the 16GB version.

mustangboy88 says:

A simple black would have been nice.

lbaxter says:

Too easy. Guess I'll have to settle for the white one if I don't just get a plain old 5.

Trappiste says:

It is finally official. Apple copied Lumia 620. Though the colours are worse -- pastel?? Really?

Trappiste says:

Considering that recent Nokia flagships support *all* available LTE bands, 5C cannot possibly support more.

wize72 says:

Sorry to say that but I don't regret my move to the Lumia 925... Sadly, is the first time I'm not excited about an iPhone press conference.. Still have my iPhone5 but Lumia as become my fav.
Waiting for a (possibly) WOW next year... Oh, and still big Apple fan, not a troll.

plunder says:

It could make for a less fragile phone, which is always welcome. The Colours look strong and the case colour seems to be reflected on the desktop (a bit like some Nokia Windows Phones). I rather like that, it looks friendly and reminds me of the smiling face on the first Macs.

Fidel Mercado says:

It's an iphone 5, with a plastic cover, preinstalled with iOS7.

YorkieRay says:

I think that the current iPod Touch looks much classier than the iPhone 5C, yet the iPod retails for less than half the price of an equivalent 5C.
I had been saying here many times before, that Apple should produce a budget phone that was based on the iPod Touch.
I will never forget a post here at iMore earlier this year, when a poster said that Apple was not in the business of making products for "lower class buyers". With the iPhone 5C starting at £469 here in the UK, only marginally less than the price of an iPhone 5, I don't think that many "lower class buyers" will be buying anyway.

pegasusl says:

Great...iPhones for 6 year olds... WTF..?

Carioca32 says:

And that puts to rest all comments about "plasticky" phones from other manufacturers.

What bothers me is that a 32GB iPhone 5c costs the same as a 16Gb iPhone 5s. That will be a tough decision for some. For a plastic phone I think there should be no overlap in pricing. 16 Gb of memory does not cost that much.

willizen says:

Not gonna lie, kinda want one in green

jer0en72 says:


Apple has invented an plastic smartphone! What will they do next....

jngmin00 says:

I HATE THE NEW COLOR DESIGN. REALLY? Apple. Come on. You could have just made a simple black/white ones. If Apple had to go for the colorful theme, they could have gone with the iPod touch 5th gen design. This iPhone 5C has a typical made-in-China look. Disappointed.

willizen says:

have you held one yet? from engadget, to the verge, and everyone in between, everyone has said that the 5C does not feel or look like a cheap phone in person.

haseenarifky says:

oooo matter where you go, you’ll always have a good Place and good name . Learn more about i phone. ... The world’s best phone is i phone!!!!.