iPhone 5C in blue
|Slogan||"For the colorful"|
|Compatible networks||GSM, CDMA, 3G, EVDO, HSPA+, LTE|
|First released||September 20, 2013|
|Dimensions||124.4 mm (4.90 in) H
59.2 mm (2.33 in) W
8.97 mm (0.353 in) D
|Weight||132 g (4.66 oz)|
|Operating system||Original: iOS 7.0
Current: iOS 7.1
|System on chip||Apple A6 (32-bit)|
|CPU||1.3 GHz dual-core|
|Memory||1 GB LPDDR2-1066 RAM|
|Storage||16 or 32 GB|
|Battery||5.73 Whr (~1510 mAh)|
|Data inputs||Multi-touch touchscreen display
Triple microphone configuration
Ambient light sensor
|Display||4 in (100 mm) diagonal
(9:16 aspect ratio),
LED backlit IPS TFT LCD,
640×1136 pixels at 326 ppi,
800:1 contrast ratio (typical),
500 cd/m2 max. brightness (typical), Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
|Rear camera||8 MP back-side illuminated sensor
HD video (1080p) at 30 frame/s
5 element lens
Facial recognition (stills only)
|Front camera||1.2 MP, HD video (720p)|
3.5 mm TRRS, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response (internal, headset)
3.5 mm audio jack
|Other||Talk time: Up to 10 hours
Standby time: Up to 250 hours (10 days, 10 hours)
Internet use: Up to 8 hours (3G), up to 8 hours (LTE), up to 10 hours (Wi-Fi)
Video playback: Up to 10 hours
Audio playback: Up to 40 hours (1 day, 16 hours)
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The iPhone 5C (marketed by Apple with a stylized lowercase 'c' as iPhone 5color) is a touchscreen-based smartphone developed by Apple Inc. It is one of two successors to the iPhone 5, along with its higher-end counterpart, the iPhone 5S. Apple held an event to formally introduce the iPhone 5C and 5S on September 12th, 2013, and they were released on September 20, 2013, therefore discontinuing sales of the previous iPhone 5.
The 5C uses much of the same hardware as the iPhone 5, lacking new features from the 5S: it uses the previous A6 chip from the iPhone 5 instead of the A7, does not include fingerprint recognition, and lacks the Burst iSight camera mode and slow-motion video recording mode. It uses a polycarbonate casing (in blue, green, pink, yellow, and white colors) instead of the metal used by the 5 and 5S, with a black glass front.
The iPhone 5C features iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. The user interface of iOS is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interlock control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons. Interaction with the OS includes gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions within the context of the iOS operating system and its multi-touch interface. Internal accelerometers are used by some applications to respond to shaking the device (one common result is the undo command) or rotating it vertically (one common result is switching from portrait to landscape mode).
The iPhone 5C is supplied with iOS 7, released on September 20, 2013. Jonathan Ive, the designer of iOS 7's new elements, described the update as "bringing order to complexity", highlighting features such as refined typography, new icons, translucency, layering, physics, and gyroscope-driven parallaxing as some of the major changes to the design. The design of both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) noticeably depart from skeuomorphic elements such as green felt in Game Center, wood in Newsstand, and leather in Calendar, in favor of flatter graphic design.
The phone can act as a hotspot, sharing its Internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB, and also accesses the App Store, an online application distribution platform for iOS developed and maintained by Apple. The service allows users to browse and download applications from the iTunes Store that were developed with Xcode and the iOS SDK and were published through Apple.
iOS 7 adds AirDrop, an ad-hoc Wi-Fi sharing platform. Users can share files with an iPhone 5 onwards, the iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad (4th generation), or iPad Mini. The operating system also adds Control Center, which gives iOS users access to commonly used controls and apps. By swiping up from any screen–including the Lock screen–users can do such things as switch to Airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off, adjust the display brightness and similar basic functions of the device. It also includes a new integrated flashlight function to operate the reverse camera's flash LED as a flashlight.
The iPhone 5C functions as a media player, and includes Apple Maps and Passbook. The mapping application includes turn-by-turn navigation spoken directions, 3D views in some major cities and real-time traffic. Users can rotate their device horizontally to landscape mode to access a collage of album covers.
The 5C includes Siri, an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. The application uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services. Apple claims that the software adapts to the user's individual preferences over time and personalizes results. iOS 7 adds new male and female voices, new system setting functionalities, a redesign to match the rest of the operating system, and integration with Twitter, Wikipedia, Bing, and Photos.
Facebook comes integrated through Apple's native apps. Facebook features can be directly accessed from within native apps such as Calendar which can sync Facebook events, or use Facebook's like button from within the Apple App Store. iTunes Radio, an internet radio service, is also included on the iPhone 5C. It is a free, ad-supported service available to all iTunes users, featuring Siri integration on iOS. Users are able to skip tracks, customize stations, and purchase the station's songs from the iTunes Store. Users can also search through their history of previous songs.
The iPhone 5C uses a system on chip (SoC), called the Apple A6. The SoC comprises a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and a tri-core PowerVR SGX544MP4 running at 266 MHz. Storage capacities available are fixed at 16 or 32 GB, plug-in memory cards are not supported.
The iPhone 5C retains the 8 MP back camera off the iPhone 5, but has improved low-light performance, and has a 40% faster photo capture than its predecessors, while having a purple hue when a strong source of light is present in the photograph. The front camera, which is accessible through the FaceTime and camera app has a lower resolution, at 1.2 megapixels. The rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery with a charge capacity of 1510mAh is built in and cannot be replaced by the user; it is rated at ≤225 hours of standby time and ≤8 hours of talk time.
The iPhone 5C makes use of Apple's previous-generation, 32-bit A6 processor, the same CPU that powered the iPhone 5. Apple announced during the keynote that the iPhone 5C uses most of the same internals as the iPhone 5, except the battery, which has increased in capacity, and antennas, which have been redesigned for the plastic body and now cover more LTE bands than any other smartphone according to Apple. The iPhone 5C does not make use of the iPhone 5S' Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The device is made up of hard-coated polycarbonate body with the steel-reinforced frame, which also acts as an antenna. This model is available in multiple colors. It features a 4-inch multi-touch display, which has a 640×1136 pixel resolution. The device is available in 16 GB and 32 GB storage capacities, and costs $99 and $199 on a 2-year contract in the U.S., or $549 and $649 off-contract, respectively.
The iPhone 5S becomes the new flagship of the iPhone range, the 5C is designed as a mid-range model, and the iPhone 4S continues in production but has been relegated to the entry-level of the iPhone series. The iPhone 5S 16 GB retails in the US for $199 on contract or $649 off contract, the 5C 16 GB goes for $99 on contract or $549 off-contract, and the price of the iPhone 4S 8 GB has dropped down to free with a two-year contract or $449 off-contract.
Unlike past iPhone releases, where the previous generation model continues to be produced but sold at a lower price point alongside the newest model, the iPhone 5 does not move to a lower price point as it has been discontinued in favor of the 5C. It was believed that Apple's old strategy of using older iPhone iterations, while still successful, would not have sparked as much demand as a new iPhone would.
The iPhone 5C was rumored to be the long-awaited inexpensive iPhone; however, it is actually a mid high-end smartphone which competes with the HTC One Mini and Moto X. Like previous iPhones it does not compete in the feature phone segment nor the unsubsidized/prepaid category.
During the iPhone's media event, Apple announced a case for the iPhone 5C that is available in six colors: black, white, pink, yellow, blue, and green. Holes are cut out of the case to show the color of the iPhone's back through the case, making for an almost two-tone looking device. The cases and phone colors make for thirty different color combinations. The inside of the case is lined with soft microfiber, with the outside being made of silicone. This is the first time Apple released a case for an iPhone since the iPhone 4 with the iPhone 4 Bumpers.
Apple also released a previously announced dock for the iPhone 5C, the first time Apple has made a dock since the iPhone 4.
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