In addition to announcing the new iPhone 5S, Apple officially revealed the iPhone 5C yesterday so for the first time there are two brand new iPhones to choose between. The most obvious difference between the iPhone 5 and the 5C is the increased range of colours available, while the iPhone 5 only came in black and white then 5C comes in five colours – green, blue, yellow, pink, and white. Although the back of each phone is a different colour the front is always black which will disappoint some but it does help to maintain the identity of the iPhone across the new range of colours.
The iPhone 5C has the same 4-inch retina display screen as the iPhone 5 which is much smaller and lower resolution than the screens of many rival devices. Inside there is the same A6 processor found in the iPhone 5 and there’s still an 8-megapixel camera although Apple say it’ll produce better quality photographs. you get all the expected connectivity such as Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and 4G but there’s still no NFC. The battery capacity has increased so you’ll get more hours of use from a single charge and because there’s not a more powerful processor or bigger screen that increase won’t be cancelled out by higher power consumption. The front-facing camera has better low light performance making for better Facetime call quality.
The 5C may have a new look but with little changed under the hood it seems the only reason Apple have released the 5C is to have a slightly cheaper alternative to the 5S. Still the iPhone 5C will probably sell well and will launch on the 20th of September, the same day as the iPhone 5S and although the iPhone 5c will be a cheaper alternative to the 5S how much cheaper is anyone’s guess at this stage.