At Apple’s press event today, the company announced the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. The former is their flagship device whereas the latter will be the cheaper option. So, where does that leave last year’s iPhone 5?
During the event, Tim Cook remarked that Apple wouldn’t continue its tradition of marking down the previous iPhone when introducing the newest device. Instead, Apple will outright replace the iPhone 5 with both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. To be more specific, the iPhone 5C replaced the iPhone 5.
When looking at specs, the iPhone 5 and 5C are nearly identical. They have the same display, the same amount of RAM, the same camera and the same internal memory options. The only thing that sets apart the 5C from the iPhone 5 is its plastic casing and the wide variety of colors its available in.
When looking at it that way, it makes an incredible amount of sense that Apple would want to discontinue the iPhone 5 in favor of the 5C. It provides all the same performance at a cheaper price. In short, the iPhone 5C is just an iPhone 5 in a plastic shell.
Those who were waiting on a price drop on the iPhone 5 before picking one up will just have to settle for the 5C. You could always upgrade to the 5S and get better performance, but the $99 on contract price is mighty tempting for one who doesn’t mind a bit more bulk on their iPhone.
Oh, and if $99 is still too much for you, Apple will be selling the iPhone 4S at the low price of free with a two-year contract. It’s been almost three years since its introduction, but the 4S is still a decent phone. It will also be getting the upgrade to iOS 7 so you won’t be missing out on much if you decide to go the super cheap route.