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

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

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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

Tip: See The Ways iPhone 5S and 5C Are Different for an in-depth look.

iPhone 5C Hardware Features

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

  • 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, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Nano SIM, and audio and video, 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 images and 1080p HD video (same as on the iPhone 5)

iPhone 5C Software Features

The iPhone 5C includes several built-in apps much like prior iPhones, but these are some of the more significant software additions included at the time of the 5C release:

iPhone 5C File Format Support

​These are some of the more popular file formats supported by the iPhone 5C:

iPhone 5C Battery Life

  • Talk Time: 10 hours on 3G
  • Internet Usage: 10 hours on 4G LTE, 10 hours on Wi-Fi, 8 hours on 3G
  • 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 tall (124.4 mm)
  • Width: 2.33 inches wide (59.2 mm)
  • Depth: 0.35 inches deep (8.97 mm)
  • Weight: 4.65 ounces (132 grams)