Apple Unveils Low-Cost iPhone 5C in 5 Colors
As previously rumored, Apple announced on Tuesday that it is releasing a new, lower-cost iPhone called the iPhone 5C.
Specs and Design
The iPhone 5C has the same physical dimension as the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, but it’s made of soft silicon rubber rather than anodized aluminum. Taking cues from the fifth-generation iPod touch, the iPhone 5C comes in the following colors: blue, green, yellow, pink and white.
It boasts a 4-inch retina display and features the Lightning connector shared by the iPhone 5, iPad mini and full-sized iPad.
It has an A6 chip and a steel-reinforced structure. It also has a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5C’s iSight camera has a 3x video zoom and a new Facetime HD camera. The rear camera is 8-megapixel, has backside illumination and a hybrid IR filter. It also supports more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.
An iPhone for All Budgets
Rumors of a so-called “budget” iPhone started in January and built up in earnest over the summer. The iPhone 5C underscores the broader significance of developing smartphones at the lower end of the cost spectrum.
The budget smartphone space is growing increasingly important, especially in emerging markets like China. Although Apple has found great success selling its older iPhone devices (usually with smaller storage capacities) for several years after their release dates, this marks the first time a brand new, lower-cost variant has appeared alongside a new flagship phone.
Price and Availability
The iPhone 5C will sell for $99 in the United States for a 16GB model and $199 for a 32GB model.
Pre-orders start on Sept. 13 and the iPhone 5C will go on sale on Sept. 20 in the United States, China, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
By December, the iPhone 5C will be available in over 100 countries and on 270 carriers.
Original article from mashable.com, written by Christina Warren.