As expected, Apple has taken covers off its new iPhone models at an event held at Cupertino a few hours ago. The much rumoured iPhone 5C has turned out to be true and will replace the iPhone 5 as the “mid -range” iPhone. The iPhone 5 which was introduced last year stands discontinued and so is the iPhone 4. The “low end” iPhone will be the iPhone 4S which would be continued to be sold for the next year or so – till the next iPhone launch. Let’s now delve depper into the newly introduced devices. We start with the iPhone 5C and will talk about the iPhone 5S in another article.
Contrary to popular expectations, the iPhone 5C definitely doesn’t seem to be the “cheap” (affordable, rather) iPhone that Apple was supposedly developing for the emerging markets. It is more of a replacement to the iPhone 5 which like we said earlier, stands discontinued. Powering the iPhone 5C is the same old Apple A6 chip that made its debut last year. In fact, the internals are more or less the same. The physical differences are significant, though. To start with, the iPhone 5C follows a very “un -Apple” (I just coined that term) tradition of making a model thicker than its predecessor. At 9 mm, the iPhone 5C is a significantly thicker than its predecessor which measured 7.6 mm across. The iPhone 5C is also notably heavier – 132g vs 112g on the iPhone 5.
The major change however is the shift from an aluminium body to a more humble sounding polycarbonate – just like most Nokia Lumia’s. What the iPhone 5 loses out on the added weight and thickness, it sort of makes up with the varied colour options it offers prospective consumers. Hitherto only available in White or Black, the iPhone 5C comes in White, Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink. There is no Black!
The iPhone 5C would be yours to pre-order starting September 13 and will set you back by $99 for the 16GB and $199 for the 32GB versions on a 2-year contract. The official day of launch is September 20 in the US, China, the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore. Apple will bring the iPhone 5C to 100 more countries by December.