iPhone 5C confirmed by Apple: Cheaper, with coloured casings

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iphone-5c-official-top.jpgApple have finally confirmed the long-rumoured iPhone 5C handset. It’s set to be the cheap option in the iPhone tonight, sitting below the new top-tier iPhone 5S handset.

Following months of rumours and analyst speculation, the new entry to the iPhone line has been confirmed to come in a number of colours, looking almost identical to the many leaks that have hit the web over the past few weeks.

The back and sides of the iPhone 5C are made from a single piece of hard-coated polycarbonate plastic, with white, blue, green, red, and yellow colored cases available. Apple’s Phil Shiller claims you “won’t see seams, or part lines, or joins.” Despite being Apple’s “budget” offering, the handset looked very neat, similar in style to Nokia’s Lumia line-up.
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Very similar also to the iPhone 5, the handset features a 4-inch Retina display, and is powered by the A6 processor. It also shares the iPhone 5’s 8MP camera, with an improved FaceTime HD camera around the front. The handset will also support “more LTE bands” than any rival smartphone. It will come running the new iOS 7 operating system

Custom cases made from a “soft-feel” silicone rubber will also be available, offering an additional colour option to mix-and-match on the handset, and priced at $29 a pop.

The iPhone 5C will start at $99 for the 16GB model, rising to $199 for the 32GB model, both based on two-year contracts. SIM-free and off contract in the UK, that’ll be £469 for the 16GB model and £549 for the 32GB version, which, sadly, will unlikely be the sort of saving that British consumers were hoping for.

Pre-orders for the handset open on September 13, with the phone hitting stores on September 20.

Gerald Lynch