Apple on Tuesday officially announced the iPhone 5c, a budget-priced new iPhone with a plastic build that comes in five different colors.

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After months of rumors and speculation, Apple on Tuesday took the wraps off of two new smartphones, including the iPhone 5c. This is the first time Apple has unveiled two new phones at once. The iPhone 5c is a colorful, budget-priced smartphone with similar specs to the iPhone 5.

Introducing the device, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “In the past we’ve lowered the price of the current iPhone, making it accessible to more people. This year we’re not going to do that… The business has become so large, this year we’re going to replace the iPhone 5.”

The iPhone 5c is made of a hard-coated polycarbonate that comes in green, white, blue, pink or yellow. The entire back and sides of the phone are made from a single part so you won’t see any seams, part lines or joins, and the inside is made of aluminum that also functions as an antenna.

It has the same A6 processor and 8-megapixel rear camera as the iPhone 5, along with a slightly bigger battery. There’s a new FaceTime HD camera on the front, and Apple claims the phone supports more LTE bands than any other other smartphone in the world.

Apple has also made iPhone 5c cases out of soft-feel silicon rubber with a circular cutout pattern on the back so you can still see the color of the phone. The cases cost $29.

The iPhone 5c will be available for $99 for 16GB or $199 for 32GB on-contract.

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  1. I guess plastic isn’t so awful that it’s worth continuing to produce the 5? Is there another message there?

  2. No black or grey? Just these fruity colours?

  3. off contract/unlocked price?

  4. What a load of rubbish, you could get the S4 (which is clearly superior – http://versus.com/en/apple-iphone-5c-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4) for the same price!

  5. The 5c is made out of PLASTIC!? Why would they EVER think that was a good idea? I think this may be the single most stupidest thing Apple has ever done. What a load of junk!

  6. Not that much cheaper…

  7. Nikhil @ MobileJury.com Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    This is not a cheaper phone. IT costs areound 30k INR in India. There are many good and better options for people in this price range than iphone 5C.

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