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Apple’s iPhone 5C Offers Individual Flair

Published on September 16, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone

Apple released two new versions of its flagship handset, the iPhone, at a media event held on September 10th at its headquarters in Cupertino, California.  One of them, the iPhone 5S, was discussed in great detail on this page recently.  The other, the iPhone 5C, deserves a deeper look, too, so here’s the rundown.

Apple’s iPhone 5C Pops

When you visit Apple’s website these days, you’re going to see how much the company expects from the lower-cost, plastic-cased iPhone 5C.  It’s the first thing you see when the iPhone section of the site loads and its colors fairly jump off the screen.  Its placement is set above even the iPhone 5S with its cool, new biometric security option.

The iPhone 5C is offered in an array of five stunning and eye-catching colors.  Its price is just about half that of the iPhone 5S when purchased with a service agreement.  The two new guys in the iPhone neighborhood have persuaded Apple to drop the iPhone 5, even though the 5C is basically just a repackaged iPhone 5, with many of the same features and parts.

The colors offered include red, yellow, green, blue and white and are already being marketed as the iPhone for anyone who values their individuality (and let’s face it, that’s smart, because who doesn’t value their individuality?).  The new handsets are “for the colorful,” according to the company, meaning that the iPhone 5C is more hip and less conformist than its brethren.

Color, Color Everywhere!

The iOS system plays into the whole color concept, too.  The pre-installed, default wallpapers available on the iPhone 5C feature the same color as the case, giving the whole thing a monochromatic, cohesive color style.  While you don’t have to use the default wallpaper, it might appeal to those users who have a soft spot for their favorite color.

The cases that are being offered by Apple for the iPhone 5C also have a neat little difference: they feature cutout circles on the back of the case that allow the base color of the phone to shine through.  This opens up an entirely new way to make your iPhone 5C reflect your personal style and taste.  The cutout cases are offered in six different colors; combined with the five colors available on the iPhone 5C, this provides a total of thirty different color combinations.  While the plastic case of the iPhone 5C is sturdier than that of the other iPhone handsets, they could still use some protection against sudden shocks and falls.  With the nifty colors and cutouts, Apple’s case offerings protect your iPhone while giving it a fun flair.

Color is Nothing New for Apple Products

Bright colors and fun designs are a hallmark of Apple products.  Steve Jobs, upon introducing iMac computers in 1998, called the current crop of personal computers “ugly.”   When the iMac G3 came out, it was offered in a transparent, curvy design in the very colorful “Bondi Blue.”  The G3 was touted as a chic machine, not a geek machine.  And the strategy worked.  Sales of the G3 soared and in January 1999, Apple was offering the G3 in colors like Strawberry, Tangerine, Grape, Lime and Blueberry.  Subsequently, the G3 was offered in shades like Graphite, Snow, Indigo and Ruby, as well as a more hip “Flower Power” tie-dye design and the fun and funky “Blue Dalmatian” options.  Thirteen “flavors” were eventually offered for the iMac G3.

This obsession with color only became more apparent as the company released more products.  From iPods to laptops, and now iPhones, Apple loves color, and so do the customers.



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Dissecting the Apple iPhone 5C

Published on September 2, 2013 by in Apple, News

Dissecting the iPhone 5C

As previously reported here on AppleApproved, Apple’s September 10th media event is expected to see the launch of the next generation of iPhones, including the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.  Ahead of the launch, several Apple followers have made predictions about what we might expect from the iPhone 5C, the lower-cost model that is expected to be offered alongside the iPhone 5S.  In order to get a better grasp on the expectations swirling around the iPhone 5C, I’ve gathered rumors and predictions from some of the more trusted Apple gossip sources.

Judging the Book by its Cover

There has been much gossip regarding the possible case construction of the iPhone 5C.  It is looking more and more like we’ll see a case made of plastic and impregnated with glass fibers to impart greater durability and scratch resistance.  The case will come in a variety of colors and the most widely-acknowledged array includes blue, yellow, green, white and red.  It is important to note that alleged photos of the iPhone 5C have been cropping up that feature pink cases; this photo has not yet been proven to be authentic.  The general consensus is that the brightly-colored cases will help differentiate the iPhone 5C from its counterpart, the iPhone 5S, that will be offered in black, white and (possibly) champagne.

The super-thin, very light plastic case will not be as heavy as the current crop of plastic smartphones that are offered by other companies.  It will be slightly larger than the traditional iPhone design, but this extra size is negligible, less than a millimeter in every dimension.  Its back is also more reminiscent of the iPad, with more curvature along the edges than is found in the current iPhone construction.  Some iPhone case manufacturers have already been designing products that take the new size and shape into account.

Specification Speculation

There haven’t been a lot of leaks regarding the internal components that will be included in the iPhone 5C.  It is widely believed that the 5C will essentially be a repackaged iPhone 5 with a snappy new shell.  If that’s the case, we’ll be seeing an A6 processor with a four inch Retina display, as well as a front 1.2-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel camera for the rear.  There is some disagreement among Apple followers regarding these specifications; including the rumor that has been circulating that Apple will employ a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in the 5C.  If this is the case, the iPhone 5C will likely only support a 3G connection.  However, the majority of those “in the know” believe that the iPhone 5 specs are the most likely for the iPhone 5C.

Lower-Cost Doesn’t Mean “Cheap”

Apple followers have been hashing it out over the anticipated price tag that the iPhone 5C will carry.  The best guesses range between $300 and $500, with a few leaning more toward a $400 to $500 price point when sold without a contract.  Currently, if you were to purchase an iPhone with no service agreement, you would pay between $649 and $849.  The iPhone 5C’s price does fall below this range, but it is, by no means, a cheap version of the company’s popular smartphone device.

The Unveiling

The iPhone 5C is a much-anticipated addition to Apple’s smartphone lineup.  For those who wish they had an iPhone but just can’t afford one, the 5C could be a dream come true.

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Apple iPhone 5C to replace 5

Published on August 19, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News

iPhone 5C to replace iPhone 5

Low-End iPhone 5C May Not Be Low-End After All

The iPhone 5C has been rumored for months.  The general consensus was that it would be in competition with other low-cost smartphones but some prominent Apple followers are now changing their tune.

Low-End?  More Like Mid-Range

The iPhone 5C will sport a plastic case (in a variety of colors) and a four inch screen.  While it was thought to be Apple’s entry into the lower end of the smartphone spectrum, it now actually looks as if it will be a mid-range product.  It won’t be as expensive as the iPhone 5S, but it won’t be anywhere near the cheap side when it comes to smartphone pricing.

Replacing the 4S?

Conventional Apple insider wisdom had coalesced around the idea that the iPhone 5C would replace the iPhone 4S, thereby eliminating the problem of the old 30-pin connectors still being in circulation.  According to new information from reliable sources, the iPhone 5C is not intended to replace the iPhone 4S, which is still very popular with users.  Instead, it looks as though the intention is to replace the iPhone 5.  Serious Apple followers believe that Apple is looking to offer the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S simultaneously.


What to Expect After September 10th

There have been a few hiccups in production of the iPhone 5S.  It looks like Apple will only be able to ship about 5.2 million units in this fiscal quarter.  By contrast, the iPhone 5C is expected to come in at about 8.4 million units during the same time.  In the short run, this may result in the iPhone 5C outpacing the iPhone 5S in sales.

Insiders do not expect that trend to continue for any extended period of time.  The iPhone 5S will likely outsell the 5C once production is fully ramped up.  Apple is reportedly looking to ship roughly 28 million of the iPhone 5S units in the final quarter of its sales year.


Apple Staying Mum

Apple isn’t directly confirming any of these numbers or plans.  The company is famously closed-mouthed about its plans and will likely not officially release any information regarding its new products ahead of the anticipated September 10th media event.  Apple followers, though, are fairly certain that they know what’s to come and they’ve usually been right in the past.

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