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

What Is iPhone 5C and What Are the 5C Specs?

The iPhone 5C was Apple's "low-cost" iPhone at the time it was released (the iPhone SE later took that title). It was announced at the same time as the iPhone 5S, but the 5C is actually more similar to its predecessor, the iPhone 5. Other than one major cosmetic difference — the 5C has a plastic body that comes in multiple bright colors, while the 5's metal body comes in just black and white — the two models are virtually identical.

On the other hand, the iPhone 5C and 5S are very different. In addition to not looking the same from the outside, the 5C doesn't offer the 5S's high-end features, like the Touch ID fingerprint scanner built into the Home button

For a more in-depth comparison of the two models, discover The Ways iPhone 5S and 5C Are Different.

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iPhone 5C Hardware Features

Some of the most significant hardware features that were new with the release of the iPhone 5C include:

  • An improved user-facing camera.
  • Colorful casings.
  • Slightly higher-capacity 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, the 3.5mm headphone jack, a Nano SIM, standard iPhone sensors, and audio and video features are all present, too.

iPhone 5C Cameras

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.

  • User-facing camera: 1.2 megapixel photos and 720p HD video
  • Back-facing camera: 8 megapixel photos and 1080p HD video

iPhone 5C Software Features

The iPhone 5C includes the same set of pre-installed apps as on other iPhones (those come with the iOS, not the phone. That means that all phones running the same version of the iOS have the same apps, though they can be deleted). Some of the significant software additions that were released with iOS 7, which came pre-loaded on the iPhone 5C, include:

iPhone 5C File Format Support

Some of the more popular file formats supported by the iPhone 5C include:

iPhone 5C Storage Options

  • 8 GB
  • 16 GB
  • 32 GB

iPhone 5C Battery Life

  • Talk Time: 10 hours on 3G
  • Internet Usage:
  • Video Playback: 10 hours
  • Audio Playback: 40 hours

iPhone 5C Colors

  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Green
  • White

iPhone 5C Size and Weight

  • Height: 4.90 inches (124.4 mm)
  • Width: 2.33 inches (59.2 mm)
  • Depth: 0.35 inches (8.97 mm)
  • Weight: 4.65 ounces (132 grams)

iPhone 5C Original Pricing

When it was announced, the iPhone 5C cost (with a two-year phone contract):

  • 16 GB: US$199
  • 32 GB: $299

Dropped over time, as new models were introduced. The iPhone 5C was discontinued by Apple in Sept. 2015.