The 2013 iPhone 5c takes the 2012 iPhone 5 in a less-expensive, more fun direction with colorful unibody polycarbonate shells in red, green, blue, yellow, and white. It also sports a better LTE radio with support for more bands in more places, and an improved FaceTime. Plus, it ships with iOS 7, Apple's completely redesigned mobile operating system, made to match it in color and style.
The iPhone 5c will likely be replaced by another 4-inch iPhone in the fall of 2014, along with a bigger screen iPhone 6.
20 March 2014
Editor's note: The iPhone 5c was released 6 months ago today. Since I've been using the iPhone 5s almost exclusively since then I wanted someone else, someone who's been using the iPhone 5c day in and day out, to write the follow up for Apple's other new phone. Someone perhaps not as steeped in the world of Apple and technology. So... I asked my mom. Here's her review.— Rene
27 September 2013
I've been hearing about a second iPhone for years. Something that would sit below the flagship line and make Apple even more competitive in the mainstream market. I thought it was going to be purely a less-expensive play. The iPhone equivalent of the iPod mini, Mac mini, or iPad mini - that something would be taken away to make it even more accessible. I was wrong. Sometimes it isn't what you take away but what you change or even add. Sometimes accessibility is trumped by appeal. The iPhone 5c, it turns out, wasn't a pure budget play at all. It's play was pure pop.
Yes, it costs less than what Apple typically charges for a new iPhone, but the iPhone 5c is in no way typical. Unlike the new iPhone 5s, on the inside it's the same platform as last year's iPhone 5 with support for slightly more LTE bands and a slightly better FaceTime camera. But on the outside it has new candy-colored shells that perfectly match the new palette presented in iOS 7. Not only does that make the iPhone 5c easier for Apple to manufacturer, it makes it even more interesting to an even wider range of potential customers. Like nano-chromatic iPods before it, it makes the iPhone 5c fun. But does it make it the phone for you?
11 September 2013
More than any iPhone in history, the iPhone 5c is all about color and personality. It comes in hard coated polycarbonate - think plastic, but way classier! - in fun, vibrant shades of green, blue, yellow, pink and white. Color is so personal, so distinctive, but more colors mean more to choose from, and can also mean a more difficult choice! If you're having trouble picking your particular spot on the iPhone 5c rainbow, we're here to help!
Share the wealth
07 April 2016
iOS digital forensics expert, Jonathan Zdziarski, penned an open letter to FBI Director James Comey imploring him to share the method of hacking the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone 5c with Apple.