Images reportedly show iPhone 5C front and 8 Mpx camera

Apple is working on a cheaper version of its super popular iPhone 5, dubbed the iPhone 5C. At least that’s what all the rumors, and a bit of evidence, have been saying for many months. And up until now we've seen countless leaks that claim to show parts of the new plastic device. Well, now we can add a few more to that list.

The 8Mp camera supposedly being added to iPhone 5C.

This new image comes from Sina Weibo, where a user is claiming to have taken a snapshot of a freshly produced iPhone 5C front panel. The panel looks exactly the way you’d expect it look: just like a iPhone 5.

At the same time the above image shows an 8 Megapixel camera module which is supposedly going to be featured in this device. This is supposedly the same camera module found on current iPhone 5 devices just with a plastic casing.

Featuring an 8 Megapixel backside camera goes contrary to most people's expectations who had predicted that the new low-end device would only feature a 5 Megapixel camera to keep costs down.

Apple has been heavily criticised by its investors and market watchers for not having a strong enough presence in developing markets where competitors such as Samsung and Nokia have been seeing a lot of success. It is in this context that the company has allegedly decided to create this cheaper alternative to its best-selling smartphone.

The new plastic iPhone, whether it’s called the iPhone 5C or iPhone Lite or anything else, will likely feature the same core capabilities of the high-end version but without some of the bells and whistles. Apple is reportedly taking the same approach, and even some design cues, as it does with the iPod touch.

We’ll have to wait and see if these leaks are accurate and what this new, cheaper iPhone will be capable of. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5C alongside the iPhone 5S sometime in the fall.

Source and Image: PC Authority & Trusted Reviews

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IMO Apple could have just kept making the iPhone 5 and just lowered the price. Shoving the same hardware into a different case doesn't drop the price all that much if any. Apple must be getting some cost cuts somewhere else. The Carbon materials actually cost more vs metal and glass, but will likely be cheaper to manufacture as the cases can just be cut from a mold vs making the glass and making the case as 2 items.

But if it is going to have the same cameras, the same CPU (possibly) then where are they ssaving the costs that will drop this phone low enough to compete with cheaper options avail on Android?

Right now you can get a Galaxy S III for $99 or less on contract and it is bigger, has a higher resolution screen,has the same 8MP camera as both the GS3, iPhone 4S/5 and the Galaxy Note 2 all use the same sensor and camera, plus all the pluses of Android vs this iPhone which i bet will cost more.

bored of iphone now - been holding on to my iphone 4 for ages now waiting for this new one... but its the same!! they need a thinner new design... if this really is the new one then it's time to chuck in the towel... gona get a different phone this time with a nice camera on

nitroxhotshot said,
bored of iphone now - been holding on to my iphone 4 for ages now waiting for this new one... but its the same!! they need a thinner new design... if this really is the new one then it's time to chuck in the towel... gona get a different phone this time with a nice camera on
I recommend the Galaxy S 4 or the Nokia 1020

Why does the media keep saying 'low end device' as if they are making a poor version of an iPhone. I largely expect this to be the exact same interoir as an iPhone 5, but just in a cheaper casing. The metal casing and manufacturing of the iPhone 5 is one of the reasons it costs so much, and Apple's old strategy of selling last years phone at a cheaper price isn't an option anymore because of the complexities and cost of the manufacturing process of the iPhone 5 case - so they've designed a new, cheaper to manufacture (and colour) case..

Because in all likelihood the internals won't be the same. This will most likely have last year's CPU, cheaper screen, lower-end camera, etc. So it will be a "lowER end device". Though to be fair at $350 -rumored price- this is in no way a cheap or low-end device compared to the rest of the market.

Vlad Dudau said,
Because in all likelihood the internals won't be the same. This will most likely have last year's CPU, cheaper screen, lower-end camera, etc. So it will be a "lowER end device". Though to be fair at $350 -rumored price- this is in no way a cheap or low-end device compared to the rest of the market.

i doubt this is actually going to be $350,you know why? its a variant of the iphone 5,which costs $650,and this would instantly kill the market for the 4($450) and 4s($550). Wasnt there that report that half of iphones sold last quarter were 4/4s? wouldnt this practically kill margins even further? i think people are mistaking "cheaper" with cheap. they will probably sell a 5s, AND a 5c, then reduce the price of the 4 and 4s. so pricewise, 5s ->5c -> 4s ->4. $650->$550->$450->$350

DomZ said,
Why does the media keep saying 'low end device' as if they are making a poor version of an iPhone. I largely expect this to be the exact same interoir as an iPhone 5, but just in a cheaper casing. The metal casing and manufacturing of the iPhone 5 is one of the reasons it costs so much, and Apple's old strategy of selling last years phone at a cheaper price isn't an option anymore because of the complexities and cost of the manufacturing process of the iPhone 5 case - so they've designed a new, cheaper to manufacture (and colour) case..
Someone who said it correctly, a case that is cheaper to manufacture. But Poly-Carbonate is not cheap than Aluminum. In fact depending on how its made, Carbonate materials actually cost more. Just compare the cost of a Aluminum bike vs a Carbon one with all the exact same components on it. You will see the Carbon bike costs $1000 of dollars more.

I would love to go back to an iPhone but I just can't deal with how narrow the screen is. It cramps my thumbs when typing longish emails. All I want from the new iPhone is for it to be about the same size as a nexus 4 and I would buy it. Looks like I will have to wait another year

I feel you. Apple's excuse is that they want you to use the phone with one hand, but in many cases Windows Phone OS and even Android have adopted where it is possible to use it with one hand. Apple knows that for iPhone to be bigger they would need to rethink the OS, and that's something Apple has to be told by its own people, not by the public.

volodoscope said,
I feel you. Apple's excuse is that they want you to use the phone with one hand, but in many cases Windows Phone OS and even Android have adopted where it is possible to use it with one hand. Apple knows that for iPhone to be bigger they would need to rethink the OS, and that's something Apple has to be told by its own people, not by the public.
They don't have to rethink the OS. All they have to do is support a wider resolution. The OS could stay 100% exactly how it is right now.

I hope not. It's terrible. It needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Quit restricting people and allow them to add their own flavor to their device like Android allows users to do.

volodoscope said,
It's not terrible. 30%+ of US wouldn't use it if it was. Blackberry OS is terrible. Died so fast people forgot how to pronounce it.
The fact that only 30% of the US uses it should tell you something. 50%+ use Android. Also Apple being the oldest between them and Google you would think that would be more buyers.

The issue is, not everyone things what Apple offers is worth what it costs. People are starting to see up close how Android has given them the same freedom and flexibility that was learn years ago with Macs vs PC's. The reality is you have BETTER options, BETTER choices and BETTER prices on the other side where the grass is truly greener.

So how are the prices better? In what universe? Samsung GS4 and iPhone 5 are the most popular and most used out of two OS. They both cost the same.

volodoscope said,
So how are the prices better? In what universe? Samsung GS4 and iPhone 5 are the most popular and most used out of two OS. They both cost the same.
Costing the same and getting the same, isn't the same...now is it?

All the iPhone as a top selling device? Its the only phone Apple makes, not really a bar to beat is it? Samsung is outselling several brands who offer the same OS combined. Big difference.

Major_Plonquer said,
If Apple keeps innovating at this rate it will only take them until 2025 to catch up to where Nokia is today.
Nokia is more innovative than Apple? Hardly! Or are you talking phones?

JHBrown said,
Nokia is more innovative than Apple? Hardly! Or are you talking phones?

I don't think you read what he said correctly.

JHBrown said,
Nokia is more innovative than Apple? Hardly! Or are you talking phones?

How about you look up major patents held by Nokia and then look up major patents held by Apple? Nokia has brought much more to Mobile devices market than Apple ever will, well Apple has brought the sue-everyone mentality, cant argue there.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

How about you look up major patents held by Nokia and then look up major patents held by Apple? Nokia has brought much more to Mobile devices market than Apple ever will, well Apple has brought the sue-everyone mentality, cant argue there.

So this is what it has come to? My team's patents are better than your team's? A quick Google search shows that Nokia sues its fair share of companies too, but you'll just probably come back with a canned response to justify them doing so, and dismiss Apple's as frivolous.

And for you claim that Apple hasn't brought as much to the mobile device market than Nokia? There was a time that Nokia reigned supreme, but that time has past. The market responds to the iPhone. I have yet to see it respond to the Lumia. Unless multi-colored phones are something unique and new.

JHBrown said,
Nokia is more innovative than Apple? Hardly! Or are you talking phones?

Nokia is WAY more innovative. Many standard features on phones these days are because of Nokia. Even now they're the most innovative with both phone camera hardware and software.

omgben said,

So this is what it has come to? My team's patents are better than your team's? A quick Google search shows that Nokia sues its fair share of companies too, but you'll just probably come back with a canned response to justify them doing so, and dismiss Apple's as frivolous.

And for you claim that Apple hasn't brought as much to the mobile device market than Nokia? There was a time that Nokia reigned supreme, but that time has past. The market responds to the iPhone. I have yet to see it respond to the Lumia. Unless multi-colored phones are something unique and new.

First learn to comprehend what I actually said. Secondly Nokia suing and Apple are way too different, Nokia sues for patents that actually matter <for example 802.11> while Apple mostly goes for cosmetic ones like round corners or slide to unlock and asks for all devices banned from a specific market. But I guess youll come back with another excuse for doing so and saying Nokia has no right on the ie 802.11 patent.

Secondly most of Nokias patents are still used today in devices, including Apples <look up>. While we were talking about the past sentence of innovation youre trying to be a smart and turn things the other way around. Oh and go look up how much Nokia spends on R^D and how much Apple does. Apple doesnt even make it to the top20 companies who spend the most while Nokia was on the 7th place just after Intel. <Being after Intel in R^D costs is a big deal just in case you didnt know>

Nokia have come up with some amazing innovations over the years and their current camera technology is nothing short of astounding, and they've got some lovely handsets. But they are no longer making the OS on their main phone range, leaving that to MS, whereas Apple build their OS, build their phone and have dozens of other products and pieces of software. Much as I like Nokia (have a 920) when you look at the two companies and what they are producing right now Apple are the more impressive. But really comparing the two like this isn't really all that productive.

omgben said,
...I have yet to see it respond to the Lumia. Unless multi-colored phones are something unique and new.

So why is Apple supposedly offering the next iPhone is multiple colors? Is that in response to Nokia or is Apple being innovative?

Nokia is known for making more Win Phones. It's not surprised that is happening. They do make speakers and so on.

Apple recently made changes to the os and the rumored "plastic case" and also fired a staff. well, you just can't compare to those two. because they are 2 different thing, they make different things!

TheShark said,
Nokia have come up with some amazing innovations over the years and their current camera technology is nothing short of astounding, and they've got some lovely handsets. But they are no longer making the OS on their main phone range, leaving that to MS, whereas Apple build their OS, build their phone and have dozens of other products and pieces of software. Much as I like Nokia (have a 920) when you look at the two companies and what they are producing right now Apple are the more impressive. But really comparing the two like this isn't really all that productive.
Making your own OS really isn't all that big a deal. The reason Apple does it is for one reason and one reason only. They do it because for what they sell there devices for, no one would ever pay it. Example, A Galaxy S 4 vs an iPhone 5 running Android 4.2.2, which one would you take? And before you answer, think what you will get with both devices costing $650 retail with all the same bell and whistles on both models.

Apple as with Mac OS X insures that to use iOS you MUST buy their device becaus eif any other OEM had a device with iOS they would beat Apple at every punch with better features and better pricing. Apple knows this all to well, and if you knew APple's history you should too.

Having you own OS offers no advantage if it is behind on just about every tech other device makers have. The only one single advantage it has is, optimizing the OS to the hardware. Even that today is not an advantage on iOS since Android ICS.

Apple is stuck in the 1990's. Having an iPhone is like having a flip phone with a bigger screen and fancier looking software.

In fact, I think my Motorola RAZR I had almost 10 years ago has more customization options than my iPhone does. On a more realistic and less sarcastic note, my Blackberry Curve 8330 actually did allow me to customize it further than my iPhone allows me to.

CygnusOrion said,
iPhone 5 Cheap.

It could work out well for them. The majority of iPhone repairs are water damage and smashed screens from dropping them. If the plastic can help reduce some of the impact from drops, it might help with saving some of the screen replacements.

I'm sure the cases will be cheaper being plastic and it might also be slightly lighter too, but certainly we'll see a whole range of custom colour replacement case designs being made, not just a bulky cover. Could kick start a bit more interest in the younger generation who want more flashy flashy pretty stuff.

sagum said,

It could work out well for them. The majority of iPhone repairs are water damage and smashed screens from dropping them. If the plastic can help reduce some of the impact from drops, it might help with saving some of the screen replacements.

I'm sure the cases will be cheaper being plastic and it might also be slightly lighter too, but certainly we'll see a whole range of custom colour replacement case designs being made, not just a bulky cover. Could kick start a bit more interest in the younger generation who want more flashy flashy pretty stuff.

Its not plastic. Also as a matter of fact, carbonate material is more expensive than Aluminum. Think I am lying? Price a bike made with Aluminum vs using Carbon Fiber.

An aluminum frameset for a bike brand new is roughly $400 while Carbon would cost you $1000.

Again it shows how Apple has you all dazed.

TechieXP said,

Again it shows how Apple has you all dazed.

Not at all dazed, or what ever else you want to call it. The report says "show parts of the new plastic device" and only being an average joe who doesn't wait on every last breath of Apple news, I just assumed it was simply plastic much in the same way other mould injected plastic items are made.
I don't see any reason why people should think differently (see what I did there...)

Plastic is plastic, is plastic.

sagum said,

Not at all dazed, or what ever else you want to call it. The report says "show parts of the new plastic device" and only being an average joe who doesn't wait on every last breath of Apple news, I just assumed it was simply plastic much in the same way other mould injected plastic items are made.
I don't see any reason why people should think differently (see what I did there...)

Plastic is plastic, is plastic.

Then I guess metal is metal is metal? But lets use your retort. Ok lets just say plastic is plastic, would you want the same kind of plastic used for plastic bags to be the same kind used for the plastic bumpers on your car?

So its not just plastic is plastic is plastic. There are different grades. Poly-Carbonate is a premium material unlike cheap plastic like what bags at grocery stores are made out of.

Plastic is a very generic term given to lots of objects including synthetic rubber.

Or people could quit buying their spoiled teenagers expensive smart phones who show no pride in them since it's not THEIR money buying them and carelessly drop them every 5 minutes.

But yeah... that's never going to happen, because as each day pass, people just get more stupid.

I've had my iPhone for almost a year now. Even out of the case for several months it still looks just like it did the day I got it. I seriously don't see how people manage to drop these things and bust the screens so frequently.

Then again, I know that if *I* drop it and *I* bust the screen, then it's going to by *MY* money that pays for it, and not mommy or daddy's.

Kinda impossible when you have to have so many people/companies involved in manufacturing the devices nowadays. They got away with it years ago because they were much smaller than they are now.

TheShark said,
Probably doesn't hurt their share price and prevents a few people defecting to Android in the meantime.
What? When Apple officially announced the iPhone 5, Samsung saw a huge uptick in sales of the GS3. These leaks just simply help people to decide if it is worth waiting for of if they should buy something now.

Since this is essentially an iPhone 5 in poly-carboinate casing, this explains beter why Apple is not making the 5 anymore. Bec they are.

What Apple is doing though is very misleading. They actually want you to believe it cost more money to use metal/glass vs poly-carbonate, when in fact it cost them the same to make either.

Using a poly-carbonate case with pretty much all the same parts just shows that Apple is basically taking an iPhone 5, putting it in this case and just selling it likely at the price it would be once they release a newer model. Which means this puppy will be $99 on contract and about $400 off, which is what an iPhone 4S is right now.