What’s The Difference Between The iPhone 5S and 5C?

Apple’s big news today was the unveiling of two new iPhone models, the 5C and 5S. What’s the difference between the two? You’re in luck. Here’s a side-by-side breakdown for the 5C and 5S.

Price, With Contract

  • 5C: $99 for 16GB, $199 for 32GB with a cellular-service contract. Cases are $29 each.
  • 5S: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB on contract. Cases are $39 each. 

Price, Unsubsidized

  • 5C: $549 for 16GB, $649 for 32GB
  • 5S: $649 for 16GB, $749 for 32GB, $849 for 64GB 

Color and Material 

  • 5C: Plastic body comes in five bright colors: fluorescent white, green, blue, pink and yellow. The 5C’s body is comprised of a single part with no seams or joints. Apple’s cases for the 5C are made of silicon rubber.
  • 5S: A metallic body that comes in silver, gold, and space gray. The model is constructed of high grade aluminum with chamfered edges. Apple 5S cases are leather.


  • 5C: 8 megapixel rear iSight camera and a new front-facing FaceTime HD camera. 
  • 5S: The 8 megapixel camera features an f/2.2 aperture and a larger light sensor than the iPhone 5. A new camera app takes multiple photos with every shutter press and chooses the best picture in terms of light levels, sharpness, and stabilization. A two-LED flash adjusts color and intensity, offering what Apple claims are more than 1,000 combinations.

Technical Specifications 

  • 5C: Apple-designed A6 processor/graphics chip, 4-inch “retina” display
  • 5S: 64-bit A7 processor/graphics chip, M7 “motion coprocessor” chip for analyzing accelerometer and other motion data, home-button fingerprint sensor, 4-inch “retina” display

Image courtesy of Apple

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