The iPhone 5c is a new, colourful, slightly cheaper plastic iPhone. To find out more see our iPhone 5c hands-on review.
Here, we round-up the reactions and initial impressions of Apple's new addition to the iPhone family so you can discover what the world's media and potential customers think about the new iPhone 5c.
iPhone 5c reactions: Design
Macworld reporters were among those who got to get their hands on an iPhone 5c after Apple's iPhone event on 10 September, and described the device as looking "a bit like the iPhone 5 had a baby with the plastic-backed iPhone 3GS."
The build of the iPhone 5c reminded Macworld of the old white polycarbonate MacBook, with a unibody-style design. It feels good to hold, and it feels solid, not cheap.
The Verge says: "It's an iPhone 5, only a lot thicker and a lot more plastic. And a lot more colourful."
The Verge also describes the iPhone 5c as "almost like a toy," but says "if you're going to make a plastic phone, this is how to do it."
Engadget agrees, writing: "Not only does it feel great, it's the most solid polycarbonate build that we've ever laid hands on."
The Verge thinks the rubbery cases look nice, but points out the weird "non" part of the text that's shown through the circular cut-outs. He believes the colours look "fantastic," though.
Here at Macworld UK, our initial reaction to the iPhone 5c covers was one of horror, and our opinion hasn't changed much since then. Why, oh why, can we see part of the word iPhone through one of the circles! See iPhone 5c cases review
CNet notes that the iPhone 5c feels "remarkably solid and dense, more like a candy-lacquered metal phone than a plastic phone."
Many of the hands-on reviews we've seen have highlighted that the iPhone 5c picks up a lot of fingerprints, but Engadget seemed to disagree with this one.
Jim Dalrymple from The Loop describes the iPhone 5c as "a gorgeous looking phone, no matter what colour you choose."
The Telegraph writes: "It’s obvious that the 5C is a beautifully built product - it looks at first like a 3GS with a case around it, but in the hand it feels far more solid than that."
iPhone 5c reactions: Price
One of the biggest iPhone 5c talking points is its price. It was previously expected that the iPhone 5c would be Apple's 'budget' option, but a starting price of £469 certainly isn't affordable in our eyes.
The 16GB iPhone 5C costs £469, where the 16GB iPhone 5 was £529. The 16GB iPhone 5S is just £80 more at £549, a £20 increase on the iPhone 5 starting price.
It looks like the iPhone 5C is the choice for those who want a bit more colour in their life. It is not Apple's cheaper iPhone, the 8GB iPhone 4S (currently £349) is the option for those who want an entry level smartphone from Apple.
CNet's Andrew Hoyle writes: "With its plastic back, the iPhone 5c was apparently going to be the most affordable iPhone yet. I personally wouldn't call £469 'affordable' but I suppose that depends on your outlook."
"With a starting price of £469 contract-free, the iPhone 5C is certainly not cheap, although bought with a mobile phone contract the price tag should be significantly lower," says The Guardian's Samuel Gibbs. "The iPhone 5S offers a lot more in terms of specifications and functionality, and being only £80 more, would be a better buy."
"Usually at this point in their product cycle Apple would knock down the price of the older model, but have instead stopped stocking the iPhone 5 whilst offering the iPhone 4S free on a two-year contract. This seems geared towards encouraging sales of the 5C, essentially asking more people to buy a new model, even if all they're really buying is a colourful case," says The Independent.
iPhone 5c reactions: The conclusion
Overall, we feel that the iPhone 5c, while definitely colourful and appealing to a certain audience, is a little pricier than anticipated and therefore will need to really impress us when we get our hands on a review unit to win us over.
It seems like much of the internet agrees, so, while the overall reaction hasn't been a negative one, it's been met with a bit of confusion and curiosity more than wowed expressions.
"We're still a little bit curious why Apple made this move, releasing a slightly cheaper device rather than going for a much less expensive model," says The Verge.
The Independent notes that the iPhone 5c is "really just a repackaged handset, sporting the same innards and screen resolution as the iPhone 5."
"Less expensive plus a little better battery life and a fresh coat of paint may not sound like magic, but a cheaper, gently-tweaked, more colorful iPhone 5 could be the sort of everyday phone a lot of people choose simply for the price. It's just a shame there isn't a less-expensive contract-free version," writes CNet.
Ars Technica's Jacqui Cheng writes: "Let's be honest: the iPhone 5C is not a new device. The iPhone 5C is the iPhone 5, and Apple found a cheaper way to produce it."
The Guardian concludes its first impressions review of the iPhone 5c by stating: "The iPhone 5C certainly is colourful and forms a new approach for Apple, but when it comes down to it, it is just a recycled iPhone 5 in a plastic case."
Business Insider writes: "We don't really get why Apple did it though since a new fun, colorful version of the iPhone could eat into sales of the iPhone 5S without meaningfully expanding its market."
iPhone 5c Twitter reaction
@MacworldUK Think it's a bad move. My 13 year old looking for a phone for around £300. He will now have to get Samsung. He is not happy!— Victoria Goldman (@VictoriaGoldma2) September 10, 2013
@MacworldUK No mention of the Mac Pro or Mavericks, tonight was just about the iPhone. Disappointing really as we all knew what was coming.— Jayson Brinkler (@jbrinkler) September 10, 2013
@MacworldUK also no secret non mentioned product sneaked into apple store. What a let down— Dave vadis (@Davevadis) September 10, 2013
@MacworldUK 5S quite underwhelming. Not exciting anymore due to 99% of info leaked before release. 5C seems more interesting/fun!— Mark Cobbold (@MarkySharky) September 10, 2013
@MacworldUK Its a fail.— AlterEkho (@TheAlterEkHo) September 11, 2013
@MacworldUK What's the point in a budget version if it's still £470?— Mark Parry (@markrobertparry) September 11, 2013