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A set of images hit the Web on Monday claiming to show the so-called "iPhone 5C's" physical control buttons in a number of different colors.

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Supposed "iPhone 5C" physical buttons. | Source: Sonny Dickson


The photos, posted by Australian Apple blogger Sonny Dickson, appear to show pill-shaped physical buttons purportedly bound for a low-cost iPhone dubbed the "iPhone 5C."

Aside from the obvious color differences, the supposed parts carry a different design than those seen on the current iPhone 5. The volume buttons in particular are pill shaped, not round with etched with "+" and "-" symbols, and reflect a design consistent with older iPhones like the 3GS.

iPhone 5C Buttons


The purported parts line up with 3D renderings of the iPhone 5C supplied to AppleInsider in June. The renderings were based on blueprint images leaked earlier that month.

Earlier on Monday, another supposed parts leak showcased a set of iPhone 5S rear glass inserts, each having an oval-shaped cutout next to the camera hole, suggesting the next-gen handset will sport a dual-flash arrangement.
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Yuck.

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So the iPhone 5C is really going to look and feel cheap..
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A while back I remember reading about an Apple's patent that had pressure sensors on the frame of a device to get input

And then saw some pictures of the iPhone 5C without the holes for buttons and thought that they might had perfected it to launch a buttonless phone.... Maybe next year.
post #5 of 78
Barf...

The one element that helped the 3G/3GS look and feel expensive were the metal nobs and switches.

If Apple puts plastic buttons on this phone it will devalue the brand. Then it's really gonna look like Tim Cook sold out and doesn't care about Steve's values.
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Barf...

The one element that helped the 3G/3GS look and feel expensive were the metal nobs and switches.

If Apple puts plastic buttons on this phone it will devalue the brand. Then it's really gonna look like Tim Cook sold out and doesn't care about Steve's values.

Let's see if we can figure out who knows more about phone design and brand creation - some anonymous schmuck on AI or Apple, Inc - the most valuable public company on earth and the one who has created a staggering brand position for themselves and their products.

Hmmm. Tough decision. 1oyvey.gif
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Barf...

The one element that helped the 3G/3GS look and feel expensive were the metal nobs and switches.

If Apple puts plastic buttons on this phone it will devalue the brand. Then it's really gonna look like Tim Cook sold out and doesn't care about Steve's values.

 

Naysayers are going to say that Cook sold out and doesn't care about Steve's values as soon as a mid-range/lower cost iPhone shows up no matter what it looks like.  Is it the direction Steve Jobs would have taken?  Probably not.  Jobs was against making a mini tablet as well but it's certainly been to Apple's benefit to sell them.  

 

If Apple can get younger people inside of the iEcosystem by offering the iPhone 5C they will surely benefit.  Freshman at my local University are given iPads in order to accomplish this (Lord knows they're paying for it through their tuition bills) and offering a less expensive iPhone should be able to get more people in as well.


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The photos... appear to show pill-shaped physical buttons

 

Tablet-shaped. Pills are something else entirely.

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How about we wait to see the finished product before we start slagging it? We know absolutely nothing about this rumored phone. We don't know the price, we don't know how Apple is going to market it, where they're really going to push it. We don't even know that these leaked parts are accurate.
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The photos... appear to show pill-shaped physical buttons

 

Tablet-shaped. Pills are something else entirely.

It is a difficult shape to describe concisely in text. "Rectellipse"

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Yuck.

Did Apple hire designers from Fisher Price? 1oyvey.gif

Maybe it's a ploy to get Sammy to design the GS5 that ugly.
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So the iPhone 5C is really going to look and feel cheap..

Like or not they 1. Had to do a lower cost iPhone option that was also a new phone. And 2. Ensure it doesn't completely reduce the desire for the inevitable 5S.
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Yuck.

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Bingo!

 

It's a 'tweener' phone.

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Like or not they 1. Had to do a lower cost iPhone option that was also a new phone. And 2. Ensure it doesn't completely reduce the desire for the inevitable 5S.

This. Also we don't know who the audience is for this lower cost phone. Until we see the finished product and how Apple introduces it its hard to speculate. Also we're seeing a lot of different colors/shades with these leaks (we got powder blue buttons today which don't match the previous blue phone leaks) which makes me think they're either fake OR Apple has been testing out lots of different colors/shades and we have no idea what they settled on.

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This. Also we don't know who the audience is for this lower cost phone.

Color blind people?
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Color blind people?

 

The sky is always grey in their world.

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Color blind people?

I've heard that these kind of colors are quite popular in China. Maybe they'd be a hit with kids. Or maybe this is Jony Ive's revenge for being asked to design a cheap plastic iPhone. 1tongue.gif
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I think the colors are so intense that they are definitely on to something trendy. Total hit with the younger crowd in my opinion.

 

There is always the white one if you are a conservative adult who just needs a cheap iPhone.

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You know at first I was disgusted by these new iPhone colors but then it dawned on me.

Think about what's going to be on them... iOS 7. Next think about the color scheme for iOS 7. The two go together perfectly!
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I think the colors are so intense that they are definitely on to something trendy. Total hit with the younger crowd in my opinion.

There is always the white one if you are a conservative adult who just needs a cheap iPhone.

The people whining about the colors are the same people who whined about the original iMac. And we all know how that worked out.
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Well, I can't possibly believe that these are real.  If they are, you have to be kidding me.

 

Then again, I've been against the entire idea of a "cheap" iPhone since the beginning.  If it comes out looking anything like some of the stuff we've seen, I am saying good-bye to my AAPL stock that day.  Plastic crap should be left to Android.

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Now we know the target audience...

 

Yellow For iPhone 5C Power Button On/Off Switch Replacement Parts OEMimages?q=tbn:ANd9GcTIvbT4qhTZ8PjiO5-jvFYz0NWa3lyjGE4UJogvdXv91ENxm1zs

Hot Pink For iPhone 5C Power Button On/Off Switch Replacement OEMduchessofcambridgebrightpants.jpg

Blue Power Button On/Off Switch Replacement Parts for iPhone 5C OEMjessica-alba-neon-blue-jeans-fashion-trends-2012.jpg

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If Apple can get younger people inside of the iEcosystem by offering the iPhone 5C they will surely benefit.  Freshman at my local University are given iPads in order to accomplish this (Lord knows they're paying for it through their tuition bills) and offering a less expensive iPhone should be able to get more people in as well.

 

Yes, because someone who can't buy a real iPhone because her allowance isn't high enough is really going to be spending a TON of cash on music and movies and apps.

 

Your typical album in iTunes is what?  About $11?  Your typical HD movie rental is $5.  And sure, there are lots of free and cheaper apps.

 

Sorry, but this move has NEVER made sense to me.  A lower margin product, aimed at people with little money, so that they'll ... what?  Buy a $2,700 27" iMac the next year?  Come on.

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How about we wait to see the finished product before we start slagging it? We know absolutely nothing about this rumored phone. We don't know the price, we don't know how Apple is going to market it, where they're really going to push it. We don't even know that these leaked parts are accurate.

We already know this will be priced high. $450 should he expected at this point.

Would you pay that much for an all plastic phone with cheap ass buttons that feel like shit when you're toggling and pressing them?
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Like or not they 1. Had to do a lower cost iPhone option that was also a new phone. And 2. Ensure it doesn't completely reduce the desire for the inevitable 5S.

Apple could have accomplished both goals without resorting to this.

Look at the iPod touch...
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I think the colors are so intense that they are definitely on to something trendy. Total hit with the younger crowd in my opinion.

There is always the white one if you are a conservative adult who just needs a cheap iPhone.

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The people whining about the colors are the same people who whined about the original iMac. And we all know how that worked out.

The colors are fine enough.

My qualm is with the choice of material.

These iPhones would like look 1,000,000,000 times better if they were made of anodized aluminum regardless of what the color selection was.

If apple can afford to use anodized aluminum on the $49 iPod Shuffle why would they resort to barf inducing plastic on a $450 iPhone?
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We already know this will be priced high. $450 should he expected at this point.

Would you pay that much for an all plastic phone with cheap ass buttons that feel like shit when you're toggling and pressing them?
Apple could have accomplished both goals without resorting to this.

Look at the iPod touch...

So you've already played around with one of these phones and know the buttons are "cheap ass" that "feel like shit"? 1oyvey.gif

If Apple made a low cost iPhone that looked like the iPod touch that's what everyone would want. Obviously Apple has concerns about a lower cost phone cannibalizing the flagship device.

I'm not going to judge a device based on photos of alleged leaked parts. 1rolleyes.gif
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So you've already played around with one of these phones and know the buttons are "cheap ass" that "feel like shit"? 1oyvey.gif

If Apple made a low cost iPhone that looked like the iPod touch that's what everyone would want. Obviously Apple has concerns about a lower cost phone cannibalizing the flagship device.

I'm not going to judge a device based on photos of alleged leaked parts. 1rolleyes.gif

Apple should want to illicit desire with ALL of their products.

Every single iPod from the $49 Shuffle to the $399 touch is sexy.

The iPad Mini is SEXIER than the iPad.

Why would Apple turn on their own philosophy and design pattern with their NUMBER ONE SELLING MOST PROFITABLE PRODUCT?

A cheaper iPhone SHOULD represent the iPhone brand. It SHOULD be a lust worthy product that demands attention.

All of this shit about the 5C having to be ugly in order to keep sales of the 5S up is ludicrous and very un-Apple.

Apple never cuts corners no matter the price of the product, and I would expect that tradition to continue for a cheaper iPhone.
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Apple should want to illicit desire with ALL of their products.

Every single iPod from the $49 Shuffle to the $399 touch is sexy.

The iPad Mini is SEXIER than the iPad.

Why would Apple turn on their own philosophy and design pattern with their NUMBER ONE SELLING MOST PROFITABLE PRODUCT?

A cheaper iPhone SHOULD represent the iPhone brand. It SHOULD be a lust worthy product that demands attention.

All of this shit about the 5C having to be ugly in order to keep sales of the 5S up is ludicrous and very un-Apple.

Apple never cuts corners no matter the price of the product, and I would expect that tradition to continue for a cheaper iPhone.
I'm not going to speculate on an unreleased product that we know nothing about. Lets have this conversation after Sept 10.
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I'm not going to speculate on an unreleased product that we know nothing about. Lets have this conversation after Sept 10.

I'm honestly still hoping all of these leaks are fake but you've got to admit that with the consistency of the leaks the plastic 5C is looking to be a reality.

Only question mark now is the price but I think Ming is probably right that the starting price will be around $450.

As I said I'm hoping this is all wrong but at the same time I know the odds are pointing in favor of a $450 colorful plastic iPhone September 10th.
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Color blind people?

 

I get that some people don't like colours, but it's not like the regular black and white iPhones are going away.  

 

Also, these colours are way better than the primary coloured crap that Nokia has been putting out for years and no one ever criticises them.  At least I can't remember a single time when someone on this forum went on and on about Nokia's crappy coloured phones, or the fact that they are also plastic.  

 

The whole idea behind a cheap phone is a cheap, quick, and cost effective manufacturing process.  I can't think of any other process or material that's better suited than what they are using here. 

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Now we know the target audience...

 

Yellow For iPhone 5C Power Button On/Off Switch Replacement Parts OEMimages?q=tbn:ANd9GcTIvbT4qhTZ8PjiO5-jvFYz0NWa3lyjGE4UJogvdXv91ENxm1zs

Hot Pink For iPhone 5C Power Button On/Off Switch Replacement OEMduchessofcambridgebrightpants.jpg

Blue Power Button On/Off Switch Replacement Parts for iPhone 5C OEMjessica-alba-neon-blue-jeans-fashion-trends-2012.jpg

 

This is just sexist crap.  

Men's pants in those exact same colours were the big item this summer all over North America.  

 

Just cause you didn't buy them … 

 

 

 

 

I mean seriously … does it make sense to make a product just for women or just for men?  Do you seriously think that Apple is that stupid?  

 

Most of the folks on this forum are just out of touch older dudes.  That is the problem.  

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This is just sexist crap.  

Men's pants in those exact same colours were the big item this summer all over North America.  

 

Just cause you didn't buy them …

 

 

 

Sexist, really?  And I would love to see where you saw these stats that they were "the big item."  I follow fashion nearly religiously.  You may think it's sad that I know a Marchesa dress on the red carpet before the actress is even asked about it, fine.  But I haven't seen a single article about how purple or yellow or pink or whatever *men's* pants were "the big item" this season.

 

I also haven't seen a single person wearing anything like that.  But that's just anecdotal, anyways.

 

 

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I mean seriously … does it make sense to make a product just for women or just for men?  Do you seriously think that Apple is that stupid?

 

 

 

No, what makes sense is to make completely gender-neutral items, like they've been doing for a long time now.

 

 

 

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Most of the folks on this forum are just out of touch older dudes.  That is the problem.

 

 

I may be an "older dude" but, frankly, I am hardly out of touch.


Edited by AaronJ - 8/12/13 at 11:22pm
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A lower margin product, aimed at people with little money, so that they'll ... what?  Buy a $2,700 27" iMac the next year?  Come on.

Maybe not next year... But that entire generation will be a part of the ecosystem. That's what Apple is banking on. Look at loyalty rates on iPhone. These will be return customers.
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Well, I can't possibly believe that these are real.  If they are, you have to be kidding me.

Then again, I've been against the entire idea of a "cheap" iPhone since the beginning.  If it comes out looking anything like some of the stuff we've seen, I am saying good-bye to my AAPL stock that day.  Plastic crap should be left to Android.

Sadly though Apple is losing just too many potential customers at their current iPhone price. No one I know wanted a 2 or 3 year old iPhone and could afford the €679 for a 16GB iPhone 5. Yes you read that price correctly. This iPhone will be a hit.
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We already know this will be priced high. $450 should he expected at this point.

Would you pay that much for an all plastic phone with cheap ass buttons that feel like shit when you're toggling and pressing them?
Apple could have accomplished both goals without resorting to this.

Look at the iPod touch...

It's not a phone. If it was an coloured aluminium iPhone at that price iPhone 5 sales would take a huge hit and Apple's bottom line would suffer greatly.
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This is just sexist crap.  
Men's pants in those exact same colours were the big item this summer all over North America.

You're referring to colored hipster pants. You need to chill. I think you're a little off there. And the colours you linked to weren't as spot in pastel as the ones that other guy/gal linked to. The sexism is all on your head. The person made an excellent point and nailed the colours.
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It's not a phone. If it was an coloured aluminium iPhone at that price iPhone 5 sales would take a huge hit and Apple's bottom line would suffer greatly.

Same could have been said of the iPad Mini but that didnt stop Apple.

I agree that a plastic iPhone would be better for Apple's bottom line, but I personally feel it would be worse for the brand in the long run.

I contend that at $450/€400 Apple can do better than this.
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The colors are fine enough.

My qualm is with the choice of material.

These iPhones would like look 1,000,000,000 times better if they were made of anodized aluminum regardless of what the color selection was.

If apple can afford to use anodized aluminum on the $49 iPod Shuffle why would they resort to barf inducing plastic on a $450 iPhone?

Yeah, Apple would never make a product from plastic:

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