Now 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?