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Apple announces the iPhone 5C

Apple has for the first time announced a second new iPhone model: the iPhone 5C. As rumored, the device has a colorful new polycarbonate design, which Apple says is made from a single part save the front panel — the whole of which is a multitouch surface — and reinforced with a steel structure that Apple says was made using a new construction method. It’s “beautifully, unapologetically plastic,” according to Apple’s Phil Schiller.

As for specs, you’ll get the same 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5 (full sRGB), plus an A6 processor, LTE and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and an 8-megapixel, backside-illuminated camera with a 5-element lens. A new front-facing camera also promises better performance in low light. Available in blue, white, pink, yellow and green, the 5C will set you back $99 on a two-year contract for the 16GB version, or $199 for the 32GB. Apple has also designed some new cases to match, which will set you back $29 apiece.

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