Apple Announces Colorful New iPhone 5c, Starting at $99 on Two-Year Contract


Apple today announced the new lower-priced iPhone 5c, replacing the iPhone 5 in Apple’s phone lineup. The new device is available in five different colors — green, yellow, blue, white, and red — in a polycarbonate design. The phone uses the same A6 processor and rear-facing camera as the iPhone 5.

Apple has posted a new product video for the 5c.
“iPhone 5c is everything iPhone 5 was and more, in an all-new design packed with great features,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5c is designed with a beautiful polycarbonate enclosure that looks and feels so solid in your hand.”

iPhone 5c features an all-new design crafted from a single, hard-coated polycarbonate body with a steel reinforced frame for a solid, sturdy feel. The steel frame holds the internal components and also doubles as the iPhone 5c’s multiband antenna. The enclosure is one continuous and seamless structure that is finished with a hard coat for a durable and incredibly glossy surface. To complement the all-new iPhone 5c design, Apple created soft, matte, microfiber-lined cases in a very intentional contrast to the glossy, hard coat finish. These sleek silicone cases with unique circular patterns let splashes of color show through, and with five iPhone 5c colors and six cases to choose from, you can mix and match for dozens of fun combinations.
The new phone includes some upgraded parts including a new front-facing FaceTime camera and support for more LTE bands.

The phone is made of what Apple calls a hard-coated polycarbonate, plus a steel-reinforced interior that also serves as the antenna. Apple also announced a line of $29 cases that snap onto the back of iPhone 5c and come in grey, pink, yellow, blue, green and black.

The iPhone 5c is available for preorder this Friday, September 13, and will be available for $99 in 16GB and 32GB for $199 with a two-year contract.