Five random facts about the iPhone 5C

Five random facts about the iPhone 5CNow that the dust has settled, the reaction to the iPhone 5S actually seems fairly positive – especially for an Apple device. Matt says the Touch ID fingerprint scanner is “the coolest thing I’ve seen on a phone in a very long time”, while Jan reveals: “5S will probably be my next phone...”.

The iPhone 5C is an entirely different kettle of fish, upsetting everyone from casual phone fans to Wall Street analysts to the Chinese, but is it really that bad? Not at all, man; it’s all just a big misunderstanding.

I present unto thee five random facts about the iPhone 5C. Ready? Let’s dance.

1. It’s the first coloured iPhone

Yes, the iPhone 5S is available in gold, but the iPhone 5C was in fact launched first (er, I think), and comes in green, yellow, blue, white and red. Now that’s colourful.

Prior to the launch of the iPhone 5C, the iPhone was available in plain old black or white only, with colour reserved instead for the iPods.

2. The ‘C’ stands for ‘Colour’ – not ‘Cheap’

The ‘C’ in iPhone 5C does not – and never did – stand for ‘Cheap’. This seems to be the biggest gripe many people have, but – to be fair to Apple (those poor, poor millionaires) – Cook & Co never promised a “budget iPhone”. In a recent interview, Cook explained: “We’re not in the junk business.”

See, analysts thought they were being really smart, putting rumours of a plastic shell together with the ‘C’, and resultantly promising the world’s first truly wallet-friendly iPhone.

However, the iPhone 5C was never supposed to be cheap. Cheaper than the flagship, yes, but not cheap.

Amusingly, one particular analyst deemed Apple "clueless" (wonderfully ironic) for failing to deliver on a promise that was never made.

The theory was that Apple should attempt to grab some of the low-end smartphone market share from Android, but profits down there are razor-thin, and money-conscious consumers are less likely to spend a lot on apps. Not to mention the fact that Apple is a manufacturer of premium products. Hu-llo.

You have to wonder what the reaction would’ve been like if the analysts hadn’t promised a cheap iPhone, and – again – it’s kinda bizarre that Apple is taking the flack for it.

3. It’s really just an iPhone 5 in a coloured plastic case

In terms of iPhone 5C specs, it’s really just an iPhone 5 with more LTE bands, faster LTE, and an enhanced front-facing FaceTime camera. As such, the bog standard iPhone 5 is no longer sold.

4. It’s not a cheap plastic effort

Touching on my second point again, the fact that the iPhone 5C has a plastic case doesn’t necessarily mean we’re looking at a cheap, poorly constructed phone. Hell, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is plastic; since when did plastic exclusively mean affordable?

Apple’s intention was to introduce a line of colourful iPhones, and the simple fact is that plastic is easier to colour than metal; that’s what this all comes down to.

As the marketing guys purr: “We had no interest in imitating the typical, fragile plastic phone. So we built iPhone 5c around a steel-reinforced frame that also acts as an antenna.

"It’s attached to the outer shell in individual pieces, then laser-welded together to achieve a precise fit. This structural integrity makes iPhone 5c pleasingly solid to the touch — unlike any plastic phone you’ve ever held. iPhone 5c feels as significant as it looks.”

5. It’ll probably sell bucketloads

There are suggestions that the iPhone 5S has outsold the iPhone 5C 2:1 in the opening weekend (how does nine million units between them sound?), though factoring in supply issues with the flagship and massive holiday sales, it’s entirely possible that the iPhone 5C might end up being the biggest selling phone of the year.

Yes, know-it-alls think the iPhone 5C is pointless and question why anyone would bother when the iPhone 5S is only marginally more expensive, but your average consumer is oblivious to most of the nonsense I've just penned above. Colour? Good. Cheaper than the 5S? Good. What's not to like?

Read more about: Apple iPhone 5cApple iPhone 5siOS

Add a comment
10 comments

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2013 at 13:31

Bigger battery.

lutin  Sep. 24, 2013 at 15:11

I think even the "average consumer" can appreciate that it would make sense spending an extra, what, 15% to get a much better processor, better camera, much vaunted finger print scanner, and far better build materials (premium feel).

Even if you were thinking of getting a 5c cos the colours were nicer, it would still make far more sense to the the 5s and slap a coloured case on it.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2013 at 15:19

Agree.

Also: Not getting a 5S! Bought a 2 months old 5 for €200. Dude damaged the sapphire lens cover. Hahaha Cost €50 to fix... I'm now an iSheep!

lutin  Sep. 24, 2013 at 15:27

Agree.

Also: Not getting a 5S! Bought a 2 months old 5 for €200. Dude damaged the sapphire lens cover. Hahaha Cost €50 to fix... I'm now an iSheep!


That's a helluva bargain!

Stelph  Sep. 24, 2013 at 16:31

I think even the "average consumer" can appreciate that it would make sense spending an extra, what, 15% to get a much better processor, better camera, much vaunted finger print scanner, and far better build materials (premium feel).

Even if you were thinking of getting a 5c cos the colours were nicer, it would still make far more sense to the the 5s and slap a coloured case on it.


Well you say that, but remeber that when the iPhone 5 was out, that didnt mean that the sales for the 4s (or even the 4) just stopped, they carried on despite the 4s not being significantly cheaper than the 5

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/22/iphone-5-accounts-for-half-of-apples-smartphone-sales-iphone-4s-takes-30

If anything, the 5 is actually a better deal than the 4s was last year as the "next best" iPhone since at least its also a 4" screen! Mind you its also a better deal for apple since I am sure there are a lot of savings made by Apple using the plastic over the glass/metal of previous products

Stelph  Sep. 24, 2013 at 16:32

Agree.

Also: Not getting a 5S! Bought a 2 months old 5 for €200. Dude damaged the sapphire lens cover. Hahaha Cost €50 to fix... I'm now an iSheep!


Nice! Bargain! Now you just have to get used to iOS7 on your mobile again...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2013 at 17:04

Yeah... excellent bargain :D
Oh, I used my lady's iPad with iOS 7 - and I used a mate's iPhone to play with iOS 7.
Mind you, the guy I got the 5 from ruined the whole back - tried to polish the aluminium back with god knows what tools But that doesn't bother me. The scratched camera cover, as I said, costs €50 ...
€250 - not bad at all.

mightyforest  Sep. 24, 2013 at 17:08

more iphone articles please.....

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2013 at 01:45

If you can see through the marketing BS, the 5C is eminently dislikeable. As I was discussing with Jan yesterday, I think in 12 months time the 5 will be worth more than the equivalent 5C.

Stelph  Sep. 26, 2013 at 08:28

If you can see through the marketing BS, the 5C is eminently dislikeable. As I was discussing with Jan yesterday, I think in 12 months time the 5 will be worth more than the equivalent 5C.

Quite possibly, the 5c is just the 5 I'm a less premium shell so it hasn't surprised me that iPhone 5 resale value has held relatively steady compared to previous years

Email:

You don't need an account to comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

Comment: