Today, Apple announced what many people have already been speculating for months: two new designs for what is now the non-existent iPhone 5. They started off with the introduction of the iPhone 5C - a colorful version of the iPhone 5. It's packed with the standard A6 chip, the usual 8MP camera, and LTE. All seen on the iPhone 5.
What obviously stands out are the wide variety of colors - white, pink, yellow, blue, and green. These are all very light, iOS7-esque colors, and each will fit in with the iOS 7 wallpaper out of the box (if you buy a blue iPhone 5c, the wallpaper on the phone out of the box will be the same blue. It actually fits in really nicely).
While I personally like the design - though not the colors - of the iPhone 5c, we need to have a serious discussion about these cases. What is this? They look like crocs. Crocs are bad. Additionally, look towards the bottom: you see "hon" exposed (It's the "iPhone" that's been so famously attached to every iPhone made) partially but not completely. And/or not completely covered either. When I noticed this, it completely ruined the whole design of the cases, and every time I look at them, the first thing I see is the ridiculous HON. Also, those holes are prone to so much dust collection & other debris, I'm already sneezing at the thought.
iPhone 5Cheap? Nope.
The iPhone 5c was never meant to be a cheap alternative, however. That is just what the rumor mill told you it was going to be. The 5c starts at $99 for the 16GB version, but unlocked it still remains the full $549 for the 16GB version (and $100 more respectively as you double the GBs). So surely this isn't really meant for emerging markets as we thought in the previous few months. This is simply a colorful, more personalized alternative, additionally to those who want a slightly cheaper entry price. It isn't exactly very friendly with international pricing, either. Apple is hoping that it becomes a hit in China, who gets it on day one.
All in all, the iPhone 5c is something that will definitely cater to a younger audience. All of the vibrant colors - with vibrant cases - just seems like the hip thing teenagers will dig these days. And there's nothing wrong with that - it's not meant for us geeks.