Apple today officially unveiled the iPhone 5C, a stepdown, less expensive model to the flagship iPhone 5S, which was also announced. The iPhone 5C will be available in 5 colors, with the 16GB version costing $99 and the 32GB $199 (with contract).
As expected, the phone has a polycarbonate (plastic) back. Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, described the iPhone 5C as “beautifully, unapologetically plastic. Multiple parts have been reduced to a single polycarbonate component whose service is continuous and seamless.”
Some of the specs Apple is highlighting include an A6 processor, an 8MP camera with a 3x video zoom in-camera app, an improved front-facing HD camera and BSI sensor, and 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band WiFi, as well as “more LTE bands for world coverage.” From a specs standpoint, at first glance it appear to be a slight upgrade over the existing iPhone 5.
Apple also introduced a new line of $29.99 cases for the 5C, with multiple 6 color options available. The cases have a “soft, matte” finish to contrast the glossy finish of the 5C’s back.
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