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The phone has been redesigned using high quality polycarbonate housing, which is strengthened by a steel band. However due to the material of design changes, the phone weighs 132 grams, which is 20 grams heavier than both the 5 and the 5S, but still lighter than older iPhone models. The design of the iPhone 5C is also considerably thicker but closely similar to the design of the iPod Touch (5th generation) models, which is also available in a variety of colors, but in a different coating finish. Other minor changes include a different camera assembly and the design of the mute/ringer switch. This iPhone received positive reviews for its design claiming that it is the most durable iPhone ever. Unlike subsequent models, the iPhone 5C is offered in five colours (blue, green, yellow, pink and white).
iOS, iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9
Further information: iOS version history, iTunes Radio and AirDrop
The iPhone 5C features iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. The user interface of iOS is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interlock control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons. Interaction with the OS includes gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions within the context of the iOS operating system and its multi-touch interface. Internal accelerometers are used by some applications to respond to shaking the device (one common result is the undo command) or rotating it vertically (one common result is switching from portrait to landscape mode).
The iPhone 5C is supplied with iOS 7, released on September 20, 2013. Jonathan Ive, the designer of iOS 7's new elements, described the update as "bringing order to complexity", highlighting features such as refined typography, new icons, translucency, layering, physics, and gyroscope-driven parallaxing as some of the major changes to the design. The design of both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) noticeably depart from skeuomorphic elements such as green felt in Game Center, wood in Newsstand, and leather in Calendar, in favor of flatter graphic design.
The phone can act as a hotspot, sharing its Internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB, and also accesses the App Store, an online application distribution platform for iOS developed and maintained by Apple. The service allows users to browse and download applications from the iTunes Store that were developed with Xcode and the iOS SDK and were published through Apple.
iOS 7 adds AirDrop, an ad-hoc Wi-Fi sharing platform. Users can share files with an iPhone 5 onwards, the iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad (4th generation), or iPad Mini. The operating system also adds Control Center, which gives iOS users access to commonly used controls and apps. By swiping up from any screen–including the Lock screen–users can do such things as switch to Airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off, adjust the display brightness and similar basic functions of the device. It also includes a new integrated flashlight function to operate the reverse camera's flash LED as a flashlight.
The iPhone 5C functions as a media player, and includes Apple Maps and Passbook. The mapping application includes turn-by-turn navigation spoken directions, 3D views in some major cities and real-time traffic. Users can rotate their device horizontally to landscape mode to access a collage of album covers.
The 5C includes Siri, an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. The application uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services. Apple claims that the software adapts to the user's individual preferences over time and personalizes results. iOS 7 adds new male and female voices, new system setting functionalities, a redesign to match the rest of the operating system, and integration with Twitter, Wikipedia, Bing, and Photos. The highest operating system it supports currently is iOS 8.4 which Apple released on June 30, 2015 featuring the new Music app and Apple Music. On June 8, 2015, it was announced at WWDC that the iPhone 5C would support iOS 9 as well.
Facebook comes integrated through Apple's native apps. Facebook features can be directly accessed from within native apps such as Calendar which can sync Facebook events, or use Facebook's like button from within the Apple App Store. iTunes Radio, an internet radio service, is also included on the iPhone 5C. It is a free, ad-supported service available to all iTunes users, featuring Siri integration on iOS. Users are able to skip tracks, customize stations, and purchase the station's songs from the iTunes Store. Users can also search through their history of previous songs.
The iPhone 5C uses most of the same hardware as the iPhone 5, with some minor changes.
The iPhone 5C uses a system on chip (SoC), called the Apple A6, the same chip that powered the iPhone 5. The SoC comprises a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and a tri-core PowerVR SGX543MP3 running at 266 MHz.
The iPhone 5C has new LTE antennas that now cover more LTE bands than any other smartphone according to Apple. The device is made up of a unibody hard-coated polycarbonate body with a steel-reinforced frame, which also acts as an antenna. The iPhone 5C is available in multiple bright colors for the back — blue, green, pink, yellow, and white, with a black glass front. It features a 4-inch Retina, multi-touch display, which has a 640×1136 pixel resolution. Storage capacities available are fixed at 8, 16, or 32 GB; plug-in memory card are not supported.
The iPhone 5C retains the 8 MP back camera similar to the iPhone 5 but with a different camera assembly. The front camera, which is accessible through the FaceTime and camera app has a lower resolution, at 1.2 megapixels. The rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery with a charge capacity of 1510mAh is slightly improved upon iPhone 5's 1440mAh battery. It is integrated and cannot be replaced by the user. It is rated at ≤225 hours of standby time and ≤8 hours of talk time.
The iPhone 5C does not have the new features of the iPhone 5S. It does not have the iPhone 5S' Touch ID fingerprint scanner. It also does not have the M7 motion co-processor. However it does support snapping still photos while video recording and 3x digital zooming.
|Height||124.4 mm (4.90 in)|
|Width||59.2 mm (2.33 in)|
|Depth||9 mm ( 0.35 in)|
|Weight||132 g (4.66 oz)|
|Network||2G / 3G / 4G|
|Display Type||LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Display Size||4.0 inches (~60.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||640 x 1136 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating|
|OS||iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 8.4|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift (ARM v7-based)|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX 543MP3 (triple-core graphics)|
|Primary Camera||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,|
|Camera Features||1/3'' sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama) Video 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, optical stabilization|
|3.5mm Audio Jack||Yes|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.0, A2DP, LE|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 1510 mAh battery (5.73 Wh)|
|Secondary Camera||1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular|
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