Cheap iPhone 5C release date, news and rumours

Word of a potential budget iPhone 5C is spreading 

Cheap iPhone 5C release date, news and rumours 

The iPhone. For many it's the hottest bit of tech you can own, a fashion statement and powerful travel companion all in one - but for others it's an overly expensive solution to a problem which is solved equally well by cheaper Android and Windows Phone devices.
But perhaps not for much longer. Alongside the talk of an inevitable iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, we've noticed a rash of slightly more eyebrow-raising news suggesting the cheap iPhone 5C could be on its way.

Word of a budget iPhone (which seems destined to be called the iPhone 5C) has been doing the rounds for the past few years, but the reports have intensified post-iPhone 5.
Apple itself has been hit-and-miss when it comes to talking about a cheaper iPhone, with Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller saying in January that the firm's focus will never be on low cost handsets, while CEO Tim Cook said "we are making moves to make things more affordable" in February - so make of that what you will.




The iPhone. For many it's the hottest bit of tech you can own, a fashion statement and powerful travel companion all in one - but for others it's an overly expensive solution to a problem which is solved equally well by cheaper Android and Windows Phone devices.

But perhaps not for much longer. Alongside the talk of an inevitable iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, we've noticed a rash of slightly more eyebrow-raising news suggesting the cheap iPhone 5C could be on its way.
Word of a budget iPhone (which seems destined to be called the iPhone 5C) has been doing the rounds for the past few years, but the reports have intensified post-iPhone 5.

Apple itself has been hit-and-miss when it comes to talking about a cheaper iPhone, with Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller saying in January that the firm's focus will never be on low cost handsets, while CEO Tim Cook said "we are making moves to make things more affordable" in February - so make of that what you will.
We've perused all the leaks, claims, suggestions and "upstream supply chain" comments to bring you the latest vibe on the iPhone 5C and whether we will see it or not.

iPhone 5C release date

Apple has stayed true to form and managed to no give any details away regarding this cheaper iPhone, but now we know that there's an event on September 10 and if Apple is going to announce the iPhone 5C, this is the time it will happen.
iPhone 5C launch
Case manufacturer Tactus claims the iPhone 5C will arrive in October - which would fit in nicely with the September/October launch event Apple has planned.
Word on the street now is that the iPhone 5C will land around September 20 and will arrive in a range of colours, with retail staff denied holiday around this time and displays being readied in shops the world over.
If the idea of a low-cost iPhone has taken your fancy then you may find it difficult to get hold of one when it initially goes on sale. According to a DigiTimes source the iPhone 5C will have a limited release at first, with the focus being put on emerging markets.

iPhone 5C price

Price is the single biggest factor when it comes to the budget iPhone 5C, but it's one part of the puzzle which has not seen much in the way of leaks.
A cheap iPhone needs to be able to challenge the cost effective Android and Windows Phone handsets which are currently populating the bottom end of the market, so really we'd like to see it rock up somewhere in the region of £200/$310/AU$300).

The only things we've seen regarding the price of the iPhone 5C is a rumour suggesting Apple is targeting the $330 (around £210/AU$310) price point - which would be nice.
And the $300 mark looks to be a popular choice, with case manufacturer Tactus also touting the same price.
Update: A frequent Apple tipster and analyst has now said he expects the cheap iPhone 5C to arrive in the $400-$500 (£255-£320, AU$440-AU$550) price range, making the budget iPhone a little more expensive than we first thought.



iPhone 5C display

There is some confusion over the screen size on the iPhone 5C, with some reports suggesting it will pack a 4.5-inch display, while others point towards a smaller 4-inch offering - similar to the one found on the fifth generation iPods and iPhone 5.
If Apple are really looking at a more affordable iPhone we'd be surprised if it turns up sporting a screen which is bigger than the iPhone 5, and we reckon 4 inches or below is far more likely.

Don't go expecting the budget iPhone to pack the beautiful retina display of its brothers though, with the low-cost handset far more likely to land a lower resolution - possibly 1,136 x 640.
Other reports suggest Apple may return to its origins and supply the cheaper iPhone with a 3.5-inch display.

iPhone 5C chassis

We've become accustomed to the iPhone's premium design, with high quality materials oozing style and class, but things could well get a lot more plastic on the iPhone 5C.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is looking to clad the budget iPhone in polycarbonate, instead of aluminium and toughened glass, in an attempt to keep the cost down.
These musings have be reinforced by Digitimes' famous "upstream supply chain sources", who also revealed the cheaper iPhone would rock up with a plastic body.

Apparently the budget iPhone 5C won't just be a jazzed up iPhone 3GS, nor will it be a scaled down iPhone 5, with iLounge claiming the cheaper iPhone will be an absurd mash-up of the latest iPhone and iPod, plus the original iPod classic - retro!
Our first proper glimpse of the cheap iPhone might be the offering below, which shows a while handset with a lovely plastic finish and a design which is reminiscent of the iPhone 3GS. According to this report you can expect to see the budget iPhone rock up in black, white, blue, red or yellow variants.
Cheap iPhone - LEAK
Credit: Tactus
And if you're unsure about that iPhone 5C name, then explain these boxes - of course they could be fakes but it adds another piece to the 5C puzzle.
iPhone 5C LEAK
Credit: WeiPhone forums
The iPhone 5C chassis may have even been leaked in a YouTube video, which poses the simple question "iPhone 5C?"



Rarely do we see leaked images which aren't blurred, but in the case of the iPhone 5C a couple of rather crisp photos have popped up online from SonnyDickson, claiming to show the budget iPhone.
Blurry images begone (credit: SonnyDickson.com)
Every nut and bolt of the backside (credit: SonnyDickson.com)
Every nut and bolt of the backside (credit: SonnyDickson.com)

iPhone 5C colours

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