iPhone 5C: The Features, Specs and Everything Else You Need to Know

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C. image copyright Apple Inc.
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The iPhone 5C is Apple's "low-cost" iPhone. In many ways, the 5C is very similar to the iPhone 5. The primary differences between the two models are the casings and slight improvements to the battery and camera. The most visible difference between the two models is that the 5C has a plastic body that comes in multiple bright colors (the 5S uses a metal body in three muted colors). The 5C also doesn't offer the 5S's high-end features, like the fingerprint scanner built into the Home button.


iPhone 5C Hardware Features

Some of the most significant new features in the iPhone 5C are:

  • Upgraded user-facing camera
  • Colorful casings
  • Slightly bigger battery than iPhone 5

Other elements of the phone are the same as on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, including the 4-inch Retina Display screen, 4G LTE networking, 802.11n Wi-Fi, panoramic photos, and the Lightning connector. Standard iPhone features such as FaceTime, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and audio and video, are all present, too.


Like its sibling the 5S, the iPhone 5C has two cameras, one on its back and the other facing the user for FaceTime video chats. The user-facing camera on the 5C offers 1.2 megapixel photos and 720p HD video, while the back camera is the same as on the iPhone 5: 8 megapixel images and 1080p HD video.

Software Features

Some of the significant software additions in the 5C include:

Battery Life

Talk: 10 hours on 3G
Internet: 10 hours on 4G LTE, 8 hours on 3G, 10 hours on Wi-Fi
Video: 10 hours
Audio: 40 hours



Size and Weight

4.90 inches tall by 2.33 inches wide by 0.35 inches deep
Weight: 4.65 ounces