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Apple debuts colorful iPhone 5c

Apple has officially announced the iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5c comes in five different colors — white, blue, pink, yellow, and green. Made from a single part, the seamless iPhone 5c has a polycarbonate shell.

 

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Containing a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c comes with the same A6 processor as the iPhone 5, with the same rear camera. The front-facing FaceTime camera is improved, with larger pixels and improved backside illumination. It supports “more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.” The iPhone 5c is also equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. A steel frame inside the device doubles as an antenna.

The iPhone 5c is $99 for a 16GB model, and $199 for a 32GB model with two-year contract. Apple also introduced a line of its own custom cases for the iPhone 5c at $29 each. The iPhone 5c will be released Friday, Sept. 20. It will be available for pre-order on Friday, Sept. 13.

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1

Sigh… oh Apple, why do you treat your customers like idiots?

It’s an iPhone 5 with a cheaper construction offset by marginal improvements to front camera (and, boy, that sure gets a lot of use) and battery, and it’s being sold for the same price the iPhone 5 would have anyhow for those people who can’t afford another $100 at the start of a contract (that will cost them 10X before it’s half over) for the MUCH better 5S.

That parady ad that’s been making the rounds about Apple releasing the same product turns out to be really close to the truth, they just went with the obvious joke of the ‘S’ standing for ‘same’, sigh…

So much missed opportunity here to streamline their products and do that “innovate” thing they like to talk so much about. I feel they should only be selling the 5C contract free and pre-activated so you can put any plan you want on it, or none at all, and price it the same as the 5G touch (discontinuing that altogether). Now that would have warranted something other than sad laughter.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on September 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM (CDT)

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I’ve generally felt that iPhone pricing always comes back to the carriers when it comes right down to it—as much as Apple has tried to shake off those shackles, it seems that they still need to keep the carriers happy to get at least some cooperation.

When it comes right down to it, anybody who really looks at it can figure out that cell phone hardware is generally way overpriced—the carriers count on that, otherwise they’d have nothing to subsidize. As a result, all of the hardware manufacturers have always jacked up their prices because the carriers are willing to pay those exorbitant high fees and then pass them on to the customers in the form of contract subsidies. Unfortunately, this leaves those that actually want a contract-free phone paying considerably more than is reasonable. There’s no practical reason a 32GB iPhone 5C should cost more than twice the price of the comparable iPod touch, except for the fact that the carriers want to be able to demonstrate how awesome of a deal they’re giving you by subsidizing your already-overpriced hardware.

I, too, had hoped that we’d see the iPod touch retired in favour of an unlocked, contract-free iPhone 5C, but sadly there’s still going to be a need to keep the iPod touch around for a while between the carrier issues above and that the general public still isn’t willing to shake off the negative connotation of giving their kids a “phone”—even many technical people don’t fully appreciate that an unlocked, contract-free, SIMless iPhone is effectively the same thing as an iPod touch, and in that case what hope is there for the typical consumer to figure this out?

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on September 11, 2013 at 7:44 AM (CDT)

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Good points, but I guess what I don’t understand is why Apple cares about the carriers precious wittle feelings at this point. While Android may hold just over half the cell phone market, that half is comprised of dozens of models that run the gamut from equally overpriced hardware like the Galaxy series to bare bones LG offerings that you can pick up for $20 with a prepaid TracFone card contract free. The iPhone is still the single best selling series, with whatever the latest one is the single best selling model. If Apple had the stones to start selling unlocked hardware at a true price point, the carriers would be announcing their non-subsidized plans for it 30 seconds later.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on September 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM (CDT)

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I tend to agree that Apple should stop caring, but if there’s one thing we’ve seen in the post-Jobs era, it’s an odd sort of defensive approach from Apple on many things. Basically, Apple caring what people think while trying to pretend they don’t care what people think.

That said, carrier cooperation is still necessary in order to provide full and proper support for things like Visual Voicemail, LTE, MMS, and so forth—all of those carrier configuration files come from the carriers, and it’s telling that no files exist for carriers that the iPhone isn’t officially part of, even if those carriers want to support the iPhone (T-Mobile prior to the announcement earlier this year, for instance).

If Apple stopped playing ball there might be some carriers who would basically eschew offering “tight” iPhone integration regardless of consumer demands…. many consumers still buy their iPhones at carrier stores, and could easily be tipped to the Android world if the iPhone weren’t available at all.  Carriers would rather dangle what looks like a juicier carrot in order to lock people into long-term contracts, and many users on the fence would take a “free” “$500” Android device over even a $99 off-contract iPhone. A friend of my wife’s went that exact route, getting sucked in by a store rep constantly reminding her what a better deal the HTC One S was because it was a “$550 phone that we’re giving you for FREE!” She came over and basically announced what a *great* deal she had just gotten compared to the iPhone.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on September 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM (CDT)

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