Apple has revealing its most colorful of its smartphones to date: the iPhone 5c. Sporting a look that's nearly indistinguishable from the previous iPhone 5 – aside from a much broader color spectrum, that is – Apple's latest smart device was designed especially with the new iOS 7 in mind and boasts a slew of new features.
Here are the highlights of the iPhone 5c:
The iPhone 5c will be released on Sept. 20, with pre-orders available starting Sept. 13.
For weeks now, the rumor mill has been predicting the iPhone 5c would be a cheaper alternative to the iPhone 5, but it looks like that was only partly correct. Instead, Apple seems intent on replacing last year's smartphone entirely in its lineup before it becomes an older, discounted model. Even the company's website and online store appear to have been scrubbed clean of almost any mention of the original iPhone 5.
On a more positive note, consumers who were waiting for the iPhone 5 to drop in price can now pick up the same device with some minor improvements, such as a larger battery, a better front-facing camera, and a wider range of color options. The iPhone 5c is still launching at a lower cost than the upgraded iPhone 5s, but even a $99 price tag with a contract doesn't make it quite the budget-friendly iPhone that was previously expected. Strangely, that title may rest on the iPhone 4s at the moment, which will be offered for free with a contract once these two new phones are released.
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