Apple announces the iPhone 5c, comes in a variety of colors

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After a number of months of speculation, rumors and hearsay, Apple just unveiled hours ago its two new smartphones, the iPhone 5S, its high-end luxury offering which is the successor to the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 5C, its colourful, budget-friendly offering which packs a similar specs to the outgoing iPhone.

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the device. According to him, “In the past we’ve lowered the price of the current iPhone, making it accessible to more people. This year we’re not going to do that. The business has become so large, this year we’re going to replace the iPhone 5.”

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Made of a hard-coated polycarbonate skin that comes in blue, green, pink, white or yellow, the iPhone 5c’s entire back and sides are made of a single part, hence end-users will never see any seams or joins, giving the feel of the unibody design language that has always dominated Apple’s device offering in the past few years. The inside of the iPhone 5c is made of aluminium that doubles as an antenna.

Similar to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c features the same A6 processor and 8MP camera as the outgoing iPhone 5. It also packs a slightly better and bigger battery, a new HD front-facing camera for FaceTime, and support for most LTE bands, more than any other smartphone, available in the world today.

A soft-feel silicon rubber case with a circular cutout pattern, which costs $29, is also available as an official accessory to the iPhone 5c.

It has the same A6 processor and 8-megapixel rear camera as the iPhone 5, along with a slightly bigger battery. There’s a new FaceTime HD camera on the front, and Apple claims the phone supports more LTE bands than any other other smartphone in the world.

The iPhone 5c will be available for $99 for 16GB or $199 for 32GB on-contract.

For a quick rundown of the specs of the iPhone 5c, see the table below:

Operating System iOS 7
Dimensions 4.90 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches
Weight 4.65 ounces
CPU 32-bit Apple A6
Display 4-inches, 1136 x 640, 326ppi
Imaging 8MP primary camera, f/2.4 aperture
Memory 16/32 GB
Color blue, green, pink, white or yellow
Battery Life Up to 10 hours on 3G
Price $99-$199

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