iPhone 5C

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iPhone 5C
IPhone 5c Logo.svg
IPhone 5C.png
The front face of the blue version of the iPhone 5C
Developer Apple Inc.
Manufacturer Foxconn, Pegatron
Slogan "For the colorful"
Generation 7th
Compatible networks GSM, CDMA, 3G, EVDO, HSPA+, LTE
First released September 20, 2013; 17 months ago (2013-09-20)
Availability by country September 20, 2013
Discontinued 16 and 32GB models as of September 9, 2014, but 8GB model still available
Predecessor iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
Successor iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus
Related iPhone 5S
Apple Watch
Type Smartphone
Form factor Bar
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 8.2, released March 9, 2015 (2015-03-09)
System on chip Dual-core Apple A6 (32-bit)
CPU 1.3 GHz dual-core Swift
GPU PowerVR SGX543MP3 (triple-core)
Memory GB LPDDR2-1066 RAM
Storage 8, 16 or 32 GB
Battery 5.73 Whr (~1510 mAh)[1]
Data inputs Multi-touch touchscreen display
Triple microphone configuration
3-axis gyroscope
3-axis accelerometer
Digital compass
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Display 4 in (100 mm) diagonal
(16:9 aspect ratio),
multi-touch display,
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 Sony Exmor R IMX145
MP back-side illuminated sensor
HD video (1080p) at 30 frame/s
IR filter
Aperture f/2.4
5 element lens
Facial recognition (stills only)
Image stabilization
Front camera 1.2 MP, HD video (720p)
Sound Single loudspeaker
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)
Website Official website

iPhone 5C (marketed with a stylized lowercase 'c' as iPhone 5c) is a touchscreen-based smartphone developed by Apple Inc. It is one of two successors to the iPhone 5 and one of two predecessors to the iPhone 6, along with its higher-end counterpart, the iPhone 5S. Apple held an event to formally introduce the iPhone 5C and 5S on September 10, 2013, and they were released on September 20, 2013,[2] therefore discontinuing sales of the previous iPhone 5, although it was the first iPhone to be released to GSM carriers such as T-Mobile since the iPhone 4.

The 5C originally shipped with iOS 7, Apple's mobile operating system. The current version of iOS for the iPhone 5C is iOS 8. The 5C uses much of the same hardware as the iPhone 5, with some iOS 7 optimization like slightly improved battery life and software-hardware color coherence. However, there are a few differences from the iPhone 5; the 5C uses a hard-coated polycarbonate casing instead of aluminum used by the 5, along with a standard black glass front (instead of a white glass front offered on silver and gold iPhone models). The 5C lacks some of the features from the 5S; it uses the A6 chip instead of the A7 with motion co-processor, does not include Touch ID, does not support OpenGL ES 3.0, and lacked the Burst iSight camera mode and slow-motion video recording mode until iOS 8. Similar to the fifth generation iPod Touch models, the iPhone 5C is available in five colors: blue, green, pink, yellow, and white.

On September 9, 2014, the 16 and 32GB iPhone 5C models were discontinued in unison with the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the 16 and 32GB models were replaced by a new 8GB model.

History and positioning[edit]

Apple announced iPhone 5C, along with the iPhone 5S during a media event at its Cupertino headquarters on September 10, 2013.

The iPhone 5S became the new flagship of the iPhone range, whilst the 5C was designed as a mid-range model, and the iPhone 4S continued production, although had been demoted to the entry-level model of the series. The iPhone 5S 16 GB retailed in the US for $199 on contract or $649 off-contract, the 5C 16 GB retailed for $99 on contract or $549 off-contract, and the iPhone 4S 8 GB had dropped to free with a two-year contract or $449 off-contract.[3][4]

Unlike past iPhone releases, where the previous generation model continued to be produced but sold at a lower price alongside the newest model, the iPhone 5 did not move to a lower price point; it was not continued in 2014 with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It may be continued in later years. Continuing to offer the original iPhone 5 at a lower price would have cut into Apple's profit margins, thus substituting the aluminum body for a polycarbonate case (resulting in the iPhone 5C). This would reduce production costs (and perhaps recoup the price cut). Also, it was believed that Apple's accustomed strategy of maintaining sales of older iPhone iterations - while still successful - would not have sparked as much demand as a "new" iPhone would, hence Apple's efforts to brand the 5C as a new product.[5]

The iPhone 5C was rumored to be the long-awaited "inexpensive iPhone" or "cheap iPhone"; however, it competes with other mid-range devices which slot right below flagship phones, like the HTC One Mini and Moto X.[6] Given Apple's premium pricing tendencies, the iPhone 5C was initially sold at prices similar to other high-end flagship smartphones released early in 2013 (and receiving discounts after being on the market for six months) such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.[7] Like previous iPhones it does not compete in the feature phone segment nor the unsubsidized/prepaid category.[3][4]

On March 18, 2014 an 8 GB version of the device was released in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Sweden and China.[8] On September 9, 2014 Apple discontinued the iPhone 4S as part of its annual refresh of the iPhone lineup - in which time the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were introduced - thus making the iPhone 5C the entry-level model with a price of $0 included with a two-year contract or $450 off-contract. The 16 & 32 GB versions of the iPhone 5C were also discontinued globally, replaced by the 8 GB model. However, some carriers in the US like AT&T kept the 16 GB and 32 GB models instead of having the 8 GB model, thus the 16 GB model is free on a contract and the 32 GB is priced between $50-$100 on-contract (dependent on the carrier).[9]



Main articles: iOS, iOS 7 and iOS 8
Further information: History of iOS, iTunes Radio and AirDrop

The iPhone 5C features iOS, Apple's mobile operating system.[10] 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.[11] 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).[11]

The iPhone 5C is supplied with iOS 7, released on September 20, 2013.[12] 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.[13] 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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15][16] 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.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21][22] 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.[23]


The phone has been redesigned using high quality polycarbonate housing, which is strengthened by a steel band. However due to the material of design changes, the phone weighs 132 grams, which is 20 grams heavier than both the 5 and the 5S, but still lighter than older iPhone models. The design of the iPhone 5C is also considerably thinner and is closely similar to the design of the iPod Touch (5th generation) models, which is also available in a variety of colors, but in a different coating finish. Other minor changes include a different camera assembly and the design of the mute/ringer switch. This iPhone received positive reviews for its design claiming that it is the most durable iPhone ever. Unlike subsequent models, the iPhone 5C is offered in five colours (blue, green, yellow. pink and white).


The iPhone 5C uses most of the same hardware as the iPhone 5, with some minor changes.

The iPhone 5C uses a system on chip (SoC), called the Apple A6, the same chip that powered the iPhone 5.[24] The SoC comprises a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and a tri-core PowerVR SGX543MP3 running at 266 MHz.[25][26]

The iPhone 5C has new LTE antennas that now cover more LTE bands than any other smartphone according to Apple.[27] The device is made up of a unibody hard-coated polycarbonate body with a steel-reinforced frame, which also acts as an antenna. The iPhone 5C is available in multiple bright colors for the back — blue, green, pink, yellow, and white, with a black glass front.[28] It features a 4-inch Retina, multi-touch display, which has a 640×1136 pixel resolution. Storage capacities available are fixed at 8, 16, or 32 GB; plug-in memory card are not supported.

The iPhone 5C retains the 8 MP back camera similar to the iPhone 5 but with a different camera assembly. 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[1] is slightly improved upon iPhone 5's 1440mAh battery. It is integrated and cannot be replaced by the user. It is rated at ≤225 hours of standby time and ≤8 hours of talk time.[29]

The iPhone 5C does not have the new features of the iPhone 5S. It does not have the iPhone 5S' Touch ID fingerprint scanner. It also does not have the M7 motion co-processor. However it does support snapping still photos while video recording and 3x digital zooming.

Apple accessories[edit]

A blue iPhone 5C in the Apple-produced black case.

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.[30] 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,[31] the first time Apple has made a dock since the iPhone 4. It has received overwhelmingly negative reviews on Apple's online store due to the fact that cases are not compatible with it.


Critical reception[edit]

The iPhone 5C received mostly positive reviews. While the phone itself was regarded as solid, the polycarbonate shell was considered a downgrade compared to the metal body of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, lacking a 'premium' look and feel.[32][33][34]

The 8 GB version of the iPhone 5C, released in 2014, was described as "unusable" as only 4.9GB is available to the user after installing iOS 8, and other models in Apple's range either offered the same space for significantly less money, or more space and features for a relatively small additional cost.[35][8]

Commercial reception[edit]

iPhone 5S and 5C sold over nine million units in the first three days, which sets a record for first weekend smartphone sales,[36] with the 5S selling three times more units than iPhone 5C. After the first day of release, 1% of all iPhones in the US were iPhone 5Ss, while 0.3% were iPhone 5Cs.[37]

Commentators viewed iPhone 5C as a flop because of supply chain cuts signifying a decline in demand in October 2013.[38] Six months after the release of the iPhone 5C, on 25 March 2014, Apple announced that sales of the iPhone brand has crossed 500 million units, but this did not say how many of those units were the iPhone 5C.[39]

Timeline of models[edit]

IPhone 6 IPhone 6 IPhone 5S IPhone 5C IPhone 5 IPhone 4S IPhone 4 IPhone 3GS IPhone 3G IPhone (1st generation)
Sources: Apple press release library[40]

See also[edit]


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Preceded by
iPhone 5
iPhone 5C / iPhone 5S
7th generation
Succeeded by
iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus