Until recently, we were doubtful that the thing existed, but in the run up to Apple’s long-awaited keynote, the evidence just kept piling up, and it’s finally here.
Yes, it’s the iPhone 5C (don’t call it the “budget iPhone”; I’ll get to that below), in all its bright-coloured, plastic-bodied glory.
Apple seems pretty proud of the iPhone 5C design, the body being comprised of a single hunk of plastic (no seams or joints here), with a reinforced steel frame supposedly lending a surprisingly “dense” feel.
As predicted, iPhone 5C colours include green, yellow, blue, white and red, and there’s a range of coloured cases too, with bizarre holes cut in the back. Almost looks like a game of Connect 4 going on there.
The keynote didn’t dwell too much on iPhone 5C specs, but essentially what we’re looking at is a plastic iPhone 5S (I’ll get to that later) with more modest internals.
Specifically, iPhone 5C specs include a 4in Retina display, A6 processor (that’s the same as the iPhone 5, incidentally), and an 8MP rear camera. Not too shabby, really.
The iPhone 5C also boasts LTE compatibility, and indeed Team Cook claimed that it supports “more LTE bands than any other phone in the world”.
As for iPhone 5C price, it’ll be $99 for the 16GB, and $199 for the 32GB – that’s on a two-year contract in the US. Those iPhone 5C cases will be a further $29, incidentally.
It’ll be interesting to see what the iPhone 5C SIM free price comes in at, but it’s certainly no “budget iPhone”. Indeed, it rather serves as a replacement for the current iPhone 5, which will no longer be sold.
Furthermore, the iPhone 4S will hang around, and it seems that it’ll be the true budget iPhone.
EDIT: the iPhone 5C SIM free price has now been confirmed on the official Apple site. You’re looking at £469 for the 16GB, or £549 for the 32GB. Jings.
Fancy it? iPhone 5C pre-orders open this Friday, September 13, while the iPhone 5C release date falls the following Friday, September 20.