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iPhone 5C: First look at Apple's low-cost budget smartphone (images)

The low-cost budget iPhone 5C retains the curves reminiscent of an older model, yet remains sleek and refined. Here's the first few snapshots of the highly-anticipated device.
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By Zack Whittaker, Writer-editor on
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The iPhone 5C has a durable plastic backing, and has a number of colored cases, including white, pink, yellow, blue, green. 

Plus, here are some images of its companion, the iPhone 5S.

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The low-cost smartphone features a slower (than the iPhone 5S) A6 processor, LTE cellular networking, and an 8-megapixel rear camera.

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It also comes with iOS 7, which will be released on September 18 for free. 

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Apple claims the budget smartphone, which costs from $99 on a two-year contract, is "for the colorful."

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Though the back case is made with plastic, Apple claims it has structural integrity, making it "pleasingly solid to the touch."

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The background wallpaper matches the color of the case.

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You can see the rounded corners of the iPhone 5C, reminiscent of the older iPhone 3GS.

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Cases can be snapped on and taken off at will.

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The line-up of colors the iPhone 5C comes in.

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The back cover of the iPhone 5C.

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Apple says iOS 7 was "designed with the colors of iPhone 5C in mind." 

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The low-end (but still high-spec) smartphone goes on sale later in September.

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