Apple iPhone 5C is new budget iPhone

10 Sep 2013

iPhone 5C

At an event held at its company headquarters in Cupertino, California, Apple confirmed the existence of a cheaper version of its popular smartphone range, the iPhone 5C – and the end of the iPhone 5. 

Combating competition from Samsung, the iPhone 5C has been conceived with cost in mind, though with the iPhone 5C price set at £469 for 16GB model and £549 for the 32GB model, it's hardly a budget phone.

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Billed as "the most colourful iPhone yet", the iPhone 5C is available in a variety of bright, new colours and has a UK release date of September 20th, with pre-order available for the 5C from this Friday September 13th.

iPhone 5C


The iPhone 5C sports a plastic backing, a cheaper alternative to the iPhone 5's aluminium body. The body is bulkier, with the back and sides of the body made from a single part. And, not too dissimilar to the iPod nano range, it comes in bright green, white, blue, pink and yellow colours.

The new iPhone 5C is made from "a single, hard-coated polycarbonate body with steel reinforced frame for a solid, sturdy feel". This doubles as the iPhone 5C's multiband antenna.

To complement the new design, there are "soft, matt, microfibre-lined cases", designed to contrast and obviously protect the iPhone 5C's body. These are also in bright colours, a break for the norm for the Apple iPhone, and will cost £25 each.


The screen has been left relatively untouched, with the iPhone 5's 4 inch full-touch, Retina display carrying over to the 5C.


The iPhone 5C matches the iPhone 5 in terms of features but of course comes with the brand new iOS 7 operating system, with new features including iTunes Radio. 

It's an LTE 4G phone, as well as wi-fi of course, with support for 3G and 4G in the UK. It has Bluetooth 4.0, too. 

The battery life is up to ten hours of talk time on 3G, ten hours of web browsing on wi-fi and LTE, ten hours video playback and 40 hours of audio.

Hardware and processor

Again, much like the screen, the 5C will feature much of the innards that currently make up the iPhone 5. Storage capacity options begin at 16GB version, with a 32GB model completing the line-up. It also comes with the same A6 processor in the iPhone 5.


Sir Jonathan Ive's redesigned iOS 7 will be featured in the 5C, with the visual overhaul in tow. Improvements to the OS include a more convenient search function, better voice recognition through Siri and the release of Apple's streaming service, iTunes Radio. iOS 7 is out, for free, on September 18th. 


The camera has the same 8MP iSight camera but a new Facetime HD, front-facing camera that's designed to be better in lowlight conditions.

Price and release date

The iPhone 5C costs £469 for 16GB model and £549 for the 32GB model on SIM-free deals. Contracts are expected.

Cheap, it ain't. Available in a variety of bright, new colours the iPhone 5C will be available in the UK on September 20th, with pre-order available for the 5C from this Friday September 13th.

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by Kobina Monney

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Theye look like fisher price "my first phone"  and the bright colours mark owners out as someone who had the "cheaper-cut down version" 

and muggers will be able to spot owners a mile off!!

The prices for Sooo many   'mobile phones'    are now 'out of the window'...

these items are phones.... sure they do other things but Phones nonetheless so a quite sad day for humanity... going by the   'SUCH'    inflated prices !  Only a fool would buy a phone at such a  'price-point'

I have a Samsung S2 and I am sticking with it.

At no point have Apple suggested this is a budget iPhone. Just internet rumours about use of plastic (which were correct), and assumptions made that it would be cheaper (which it isn't).

The only difference with this release of iPhones is that instead of lowering the price of the 5, they made a 5c (pretty much a 5) Its price is line line with what the lowered 5 would have been.

That many news outlets refer to it as budget seems to be missing the point!

Budget?? In no universe could it be accurately described as "budget".

It's their colourful version for rich funky kids who care more about brand names than value.

For less money you could get an HTC One which is about 3 generations better than any current iPhone.

Apple are losing it.

Trying to capture the Nokia Lumia market. Still way over-priced. I bought a sim free 520 for £80 and am very happy with it and the Windows 8 operating system. Style over substance, again.

Agreed, Mr Aura. And pretty much everything leaked.

They didn't upgrade the poor battery, nor did they increase screen size? Is this a joke? I'm not fond of huge phones, but there is so much wasted space on the facia of the iPhone - you'd think they'd make more of what they have. A missed opportunity. 


The new budget version is priced at the level of most other super premium phones too!

By the way, was there anything that wasn't leaked in advance?

Now updated!

Think you might have got the prices wrong. On the Uk Apple store the 5C starts at £469.