Apple's iPhone 5c is available to buy across the UK now. Here, we bring you everything you need to know about the iPhone 5c, including availability, UK pricing, specifications, photos and new features.
As expected Apple announced the iPhone 5C on 10 September, joking: "A couple of you may have been expecting this". What wasn't quite as anticipated was the fact that this phone is not a cheap iPhone, as many of the rumours suggested, but a mid-range iPhone.
See: iPhone 5c review
iPhone 5C: UK availability
Apple announced that they sole 9 million iPhones in the first three days of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c sales. While the company didn't reveal the breakdowns per device, it is known that iPhone 5s stock has run out, while iPhone 5c stock is still in supply, for example Apple is still advertising the iPhone 5c as shipping within 24 hours, while dates for the iPhone 5s have slipped to October.
Unlike the iPhone 5s, which sold out in most Apple Stores (and online) within half an hour of going on sale, Apple seemed to have an abundance of stock of the iPhone 5c, in all colours and sizes on launch day, and were letting customers buy as many as 10 handsets.
If you haven't got an iPhone 5c yet but are hoping to buy one, you'll probably be in luck if you pop along to your nearest Apple Store at some point. You'll also be able to order one from your carrier or from a phone shop.
Watch our video of the iPhone queue on Regents Street and read our iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c: views from the queue
How much will the iPhone 5C cost?
Apple said in the keynote that the 16GB configuration will cost $99 and the 32GB will cost $199 (with two-year contract). This confirmed to many watchers that this is a cheaper iPhone. However, this is not the case. Those prices are on a two-year contract so the overall cost of the phone is still high.
We have contacted the UK networks for more information about the on contract prices for the UK iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. We are collecting UK network information including iPhone 5s tariffs here and contracts and iPhone 5c tariffs here.
The pay as you go price for the iPhone 5C is not much less than the price for the iPhone 5S (just £80 difference). The iPhone 5 was only slightly more expensive when it launched last September.
In the UK the upfront price of the iPhone 5c is as follows:
The 16GB iPhone 5c is £469
The 32GB iPhone 5c is £549
This compares to the upfront iPhone 5 prices of 16GB = £529, 32GB = £599, and 64GB = £699.
The iPhone 5S starts at £549. Just £80 more than the entry level iPhone 5C.
Obviously anyone opting for the upfront iPhone price, will need to factor in pay-as-you go contract costs.
In China the upfront price of the iPhone 5C will start at 4488 yuan ($728, £461) in China when bought without a contract, making it only 800 yuan cheaper than its cousin, the iPhone 5S. Apple is reported to be offering the even cheaper option of the iPhone 4, along with the iPhone 4s in China where there is said to be a massive untapped market of wannabe iPhone users.
On contract you can expect to pay a lot less for the iPhone 5c upfront - in fact some contracts will offer the iPhone 5c for free, although you will have to pay more over the contract period.
Will it work with my network?
The iPhone 5C apparently comes with more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world, according to Apple. That's support for up to 13 LTE wireless bands. We've had confirmation all the UK networks that they will be able to offer 4G on the new iPhone handsets, although O2 customers will have to wait until later this year.
This is in marked contrast to the iPhone 5, which is only able to offer 4G on EE's network due to the bands available.
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will run on the following bands, in the following MHz according to Apple's notes: 1 (2100 MHz); 2 (1900 MHz); 3 (1800 MHz); 5 (850 MHz); 7 (2600 MHz); 8 (900 MHz); 20 (800 DD).
The UK 4G bandwidth that was auctioned off by the government is predominantly in the 800 mHz range (band 20), so it should work, even though when Apple announced the phone it only listed EE and Vodafone. The reason why O2 isn't there is due to that network needing Apple to approve it's settings first, while customers wait for 4G to be 'turned on' on their iPhones, O2 is offering a £5 reduction in their contracts.
What does the iPhone 5C look like?
Apple's Phil Schiller described the new iPhone 5C as "Incredible all new design that's more fun and colourful", and colourful it is.
As expected there are five colours of the iPhone 5C available. Green, White, Blue, Red and Yellow.
The colour runs through the product. The volume buttons, switches, the entire back and side is made from one piece of hard-coated polycarbonate body.
These colours are very similar to the next two season's colour seen on the catwalk.
Read our review of the iPhone 5C.
iPhone 5c spec
On the front of the iPhone 5c is a 4in Retina display that looks the same as the one on the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5.
The iPhone is made of hard-coated polycarbonate while on the inside it's steel-reinforced. During the presentation on 10 September, Apple's head of marketing Phil Schiller referred to the “hard-coated polycarbonate” the phone is made from, along with its “steel-reinforced structure”, which “provides incredible rigidity and works as part of the antenna.”
On the inside is a A6 chip and a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5C offers a 8MP camera at the back, and a Facetime camera at the front (that apparently works better in low-light). You'll be able to make audio only FaceTime calls thanks to iOS 7.
It comes with 16GB or 32GB storage.
Apple says the battery in the iPhone 5C is larger than the one in the iPhone 5. It offers 10 hours of talk time on 3G networks, up to 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi and LTE networks and up to 8 hours on 3G networks, and up to 10 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback.
It also offers dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support for up to 150 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.
There are some custom silicon covers - soft, matte, and microfiber-lined. They cost £25 each. Read our review of the iPhone 5C cases here.
Is Apple still selling iPhone 5
Apple announced that it is discontinuing the iPhone 5. Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that Apple would normally lower the price of the current iPhone when they announced a new iPhone, making it even more accessible to more people. Cook explained that this time is different. He said: "The business has become so large that this year we're going to replace the iPhone 5."
Apple's CEO admitted, replacing the iPhone 5 with two phones will "allow us to serve even more customers".
The iPhone 5c has been described as an iPhone 5 in a colourful case. Many of the specs are exactly the same, as we explain in our review of the iPhone 5c, but this is not necessariy a bad thing, the iPhone 5 was a good phone and this way, rather than settling on last year's model, new users can buy a new look iPhone for less than the iPhone 5s.