Originally Posted by Rogifan
So Apple copies Nokia because the front of the phone is black?
Nope. But it looks that way to those unfamiliar with Apple's past. The iPhone's been around since '07, yet despite colored iPods, they didn't do a phone, even when they did the 3G/S in plastic.
Nokia differentiated their phone from all the others by adding color. Copied from Apple's other product lines? Possibly. But nevertheless it made them distinct in the marketplace.
Apple really underwhelmed here. Under the hood the 5c is engineered way beyond the competition. But on the surface, it's not up to the same design aesthetic that I'm used to from Apple, IMO. It doesn't really stand out form the other offerings on the market. And you bring up very good points about the 5 slapped into a plastic case. The Touch is less expensive and yet it's in a metal case. Apple made a huge deal over the years about metal and glass and their position on the environment, and what do they do? They take a product that sells to 100s of millions of units during its intended short two-year lifetime, and put it in the most environmentally unfriendly package they can.
So what happens next year? Plastic 5c drops down to the free phone? The 5s slides into the 5c case as a $100 offering? Then what happens, they 5c remains the 5c? Or they introduce a 6c that includes the 6 guts repackaged in the same plastic case. Or do they redesign the plastic iPhone every two years? In which case, isn't it cheaper just to offer last years design? Either way, it doesn't seem to be an affordable option to the 5s, nor is it a unique design statement.
This is why people say Apple isn't innovating anymore. They've gone back to the same iMac well the Steve Jobs INNOVATED. Colored iPods weren't unique and neither is this, at least the way they've implemented it. It's just an iPhone 5 in a colored plastic case, priced not much less, and the 4S is still around with a 30-pin doc connector. What's next, colored iPads? Plastic iPad minis? In fact, because they've gone back to plastic to differentiate the 5 from the 5s, suggests to me there won't be many changes to the 5s case design going forward in the 6/S series, so the only way to notably distinguish one from the other for at least the next 3 years is through materials, and ... colors.
I do wonder if they will introduce the iPhone 6 earlier next year, maybe April? If so, that allows them to drop the 5c to the lowest price point faster, and introduce the 5CS at the $100 price point. That might make a little more sense with respect to what they just announced.