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iPhone 5C: Apple's first colorful smartphone (pictures)

Meet the 5C

Finally, a colorful iPhone

Plastic back cover

Retina screen

iOS 7

Bottom ports

Reinforced body

Custom cases

Siri

Camera

Internal power

LTE, Wi-Fi

Environmentally friendly

A step-down iPhone

Preorder and availability

After months of rumors, Apple has finally taken the wraps off the iPhone 5C at the iPhone event in Cupertino, Calif., on September 10.
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The iPhone 5C is meant to replace the iPhone 5, which Apple will no longer sell. The 5C has nearly identical internal specs to the 5, except that the 5C is slightly heavier and doesn't come with a 64GB storage option.
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Over the years, we've seen iPods in (almost) every color of the rainbow, but for the iPhone, Apple has stuck with black and white. That changes now with the iPhone 5C, which comes in pink-red, yellow, green, blue, and white.

The color choices are similar to those found on the current iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle models.

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No glass or aluminum here; the iPhone 5C's back cover is made of a single piece of shiny colored polycarbonate. Apple design head Jony Ive says the 5C is "unapologetically plastic."
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Apple didn't sacrifice screen quality on the 5C, as the phone comes with the well-known Retina Display that makes pixels look nearly invisible.
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Yep, the 5C comes with iOS 7.
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The bottom of the 5C has all the phone's ports; a headphone minijack, the microphone, Lightning connector, and built-in speaker.
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To make the 5C strong, it has a steel reinforced structure that also forms the antenna.
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Apple designed custom covers for the 5C made of silicone with a microfiber lining, with cutouts to show off your phone's true color. The cases come in red, yellow, green, blue, black, and white.
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There were plenty of rumors that Siri wouldn't be on the iPhone 5C, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
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It's not as powerful as the camera found on the new iPhone 5S, but you'll be able to snap photos just fine with with 5C.
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For a lower-end iPhone, the 5C still packs performance, says Apple, thanks to a fast A6 processor.
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The 5C comes with LTE support.
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Apple is playing up that the iPhone 5C was made with green materials.
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Since the 5C is $549 off contract, it's hard to say this is budget iPhone we were waiting for. However, on contract, the iPhone 5C costs $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for 32GB of storage, so it's still cheaper than the new iPhone 5S.
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The iPhone 5C will be available for preorder on September 13 and will go on sale on September 20 in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the UK.
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