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Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5: Pick the right one!


Latest reports are saying that Apple is cutting back the production of the recently released iPhone 5C as the colorful version of the very successful handset isn’t as appealing as its more premium iPhone 5S sibling.

The iPhone 5S screams of new hardware, software, features, and speed. On the other hand, the purportedly cheaper iPhone 5C isn’t really to be discounted as it is also a potent device with Apple’s gamble on offering a colorful chassis.

Let us take a quick look on the possible sibling rivalry that is happening between the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 5C.

Operating System

Both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C come out of the box with the iOS 7 while the iPhone 5 has the iOS 6 installed.



All of the iPhone models in comparison enjoy a four-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1,136 x 640 and a pixel density of 326ppi. The 5S and the 5C both come with sapphire crystal lens cover.

Tale of the Tape

The iPhone 5S measures 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (height x width x depth). It tips the scale at 3.95 ounces. The iPhone 5C is slightly bigger measure 4.90 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches (h x w x d). It weighs a bit more at 4.65 ounces. The iPhone 5 registered at 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches and weighed the same as the 5S at 3.95 ounces.


All of the iPhones in comparison are equipped with an 8MP, 1080p main camera. The iPhone 5S comes with a dual-element flash while the 5C and the iPhone 5 came with an LED flash.


The iPhone 5S comes with the 64-bit A7 chip working in tandem with an M7 motion coprocessor. The iPhone 5C sports a 32-bit A6 CPU, the same chip inside the iPhone 5.


Both the iPhone 5S and 5C can last for 10 hours while on 3G compared to the talk time of the iPhone 5 pegged at 8 hours on 3G.


AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon offer the iPhone 5S and the 5C. Global also carries the 5C. All iPhones in comparison have 4G LTE capability.

Price, Storage, Color

The iPhone 5S comes in three variants 16 GB ($199), 32GB ($299), and 64GB ($399). It is available in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. On the other hand, the 5C comes in White, Pink, Yellow, Blue, and Green. There is a 16GB variant for $99 and a 32GB version for $199.

The iPhone 5 is no longer sold, but it came as 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants.


Among the bunch, the iPhone 5S is the only unit that features Apple’s fingerprint scanner.

Here’s a chart below for a deep dive into the specs:

iPhone 5S iPhone 5C iPhone 5
Operating system iOS 7 iOS 7 iOS 6, can be upgraded to iOS 7
Display 4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136×640 pixels, 326 ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136×640 pixels, 326 ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136×640 pixels, 326 ppi
Processor A7 CPU (64-bit) A6 CPU (32-bit) A6 CPU (32-bit)
Memory 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
4G LTE Yes Yes Yes
Camera 8-megapixel, 1080p front-facing, dual-LED flash 8-megapixel, 720p front-facing 8-megapixel, 720p front-facing
Battery Talk time up to 10 hours on 3G; embedded Talk time up to 10 hours on 3G; embedded Talk time up to 10 hours on 3G; embedded
Fingerprint scanner Yes No No
Dedicated fitness tracking Yes No No
Weight and thickness 3.95 ounces, 0.3 inch 4.65 ounces, 0.35 inch 3.95 ounces, 0.3 inch
Colors Gray, gold, silver Blue, green, pink, yellow, white Black, white

Just to recall, the iPhone 4S was also offered by the major US mobile carriers. It came in Black and White variants and had a storage space of 8GB. It was slightly smaller primarily because it offered a smaller Retina display measuring 3.5 inches. It also had an 8MP main camera and depended on an A5 chip. It also makes use of a 30-pin connector compared to the Lightning-type connector of the newer models.

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