Alleged images of Apple’s upcoming budget-minded iPhone 5C recently hit the web. The leaked photos specifically show the plastic packaging that Apple will use for a rainbow of colored handsets including pink, white, yellow, green and blue.
The words iPhone 5C are clearly shown in the leaked photos which appear to have been taken at a warehouse or manufacturing line. Accompanying photos reveal what appears to be a Quick Start guide as well as a SIM card tray ejection tool. This looks to be the same type of tool that is supplied with current iPhones in some countries.
The iPhone 5C (the “C” believed to stand for Color) is the low-cost smartphone that analysts have been speculating on for years. Rumors suggest it carries a plastic shell, lower-spec hardware and more importantly, a lower price tag.
Some believe the iPhone 5C could retail for between $349 and $399 without a carrier subsidy. For reference, the iPhone 5 currently starts at $649 unlocked and contract free for a 16GB model. No word yet on what sort of hardware the cheaper handset will carry, however.
Apple is widely expected to unveil the iPhone 5S as well as the cheaper iPhone 5C during a special event on September 10. That date hasn’t been made official yet but all signs at this point suggest that is the date to circle on your calendar. Many believe the handsets will launch a little more than a week later on September 20.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
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