Apple iPhone 5C Case, Lightning Dock Hands-On

A little less than a week before Apple's iPhone 5C is expected to hit store shelves and doorsteps of eager customers who pre-ordered theirs online, and we already have our hands on Apple's official accessories designed exclusively for the colorful and very much glossy polycarbonate-made iPhones - the official $29 iPhone 5C Case and the $29 iPhone 5C Dock. Head past the break for our in-depth, first hands-on impressions along with some unfortunate news about compatibility.

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Apple Announced The iPhone 5C, Starting At $99

Behold, Apple's colorful new iPhone 5 replacement. The iPhone 5C is Apple's new colorful, polycarbonate-made iPhone with a 4-inch Retina display, 4G LTE support, an 8-megapixel back-facing camera, an improved FaceTime HD camera with larger 1.9u pixels and backside illumination all powered by an A6 processor. Yes, the iPhone 5C's internal hardware is basically an iPhone 5 covered with hard-coated polyarbonate. It's also cheaper, the iPhone 5C will be available in 16GB and 32GB storage capacities for $99 and $199, respectively - with a two-year contract.

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iPhone 5C Captured In Final Retail Packaging

Spoiler alert, this is what you'll be getting when you purchase Apple's upcoming cheeky iPhone 5C. Shown in this leaked photo, dozens of red iPhone 5C devices in retail packaging which in this photo appear pink in color most likely due to poor white balance. The white plastic capsule packaging checks out with previous leaks that displayed dozens of white empty packaging capsules casually tossed into a bin inside the factory with "iPhone 5C" branding on the side. It looks like Apple has gone with an iPod-esque clear top packaging to showcase all six iPhone 5C colors.

In addition, the default wallpaper is set to match the color of the device similar to how the iPod nano 7th generation is packaged. As if we didn't already know, both the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S will come with iOS 7 at launch. Apple will hold a media event on September 10 where it'll announce its new iPhones.

Update: More colors have been leaked.

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iPhone 5C Cases Hit The Ground Running

More evidence pertaining to Apple's plastic iPhone 5C has surfaced recently in the form of none other than protective cases. Elago seems to be one of the few first case manufacturers to release cases for the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5C. The company's new $11 S5C Slim Fit 2 case is a simple but well rounded snap-on plastic case that looks like it'll hug the iPhone 5C's rounded body with a form fit and lots of matte, soft-touch grippy finish goodness. It isn't the first time cases for Apple products found themselves being sold ahead of time based on official hardware specifications, and it usually means that a particular secretive Apple product is right around the corner.

Our new S5C Slim Fit 2 case for the iPhone 5C lets you protect and cover your phone in style! The case was molded to fit perfectly and allows easy, full access to all buttons and ports on your device.
Our Slim Fit 2 cases are specially coated to reduce the amount of scratches, oil, and dirt residue left on your phone, all while improving grip quality. Ultra slim, lightweight case offers corner and scratch protection, as well as a slight lift to allow your iPhone 5C to be put screen-side down on a flat surface.

Elago's S5C Slim Fit 2 case is available to be ordered now, but will only be in stock on August 26 which may or may not mean that Apple's highly anticipated plastic-made iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S handsets will be announced sooner that we had thought. Another slew of iPhone 5C cases made by a brand called Obliq are all shipping right now at bargain prices. But we obviously don't know if either of these cases will actually fit properly when the time comes and you get your hands all over that plastic iPhone.

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Alleged Plastic Budget iPhone Packaging Leak Confirms iPhone 5C

Apple's more affordable plastic iPhone is being mass produced at this very moment, and it seems it cannot be kept a closely guarded secrete as it nears its official debut. This time a photo taken during a factory inspection by a member of a Chinese labor rights group shows empty plastic packaging shells of the plastic iPhone marked with an iPhone 5C branding, which is believed to stand for "Color" as it will be offered in 5 vibrant colors. This would be the first time Apple has moved from its iconic, minimalist cardboard box packaging to hard plastic pod-shaped packaging reminiscent of HTC's smartphone packaging.

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Here's What Apple's Low-Cost iPhone 5C Looks Like

We're no blog to jump into conclusions, but we're very confident that this is what Apple's purported next low-cost, budget iPhone looks like. Or however you'd like to call it. In fact, this is the actual leaked and unfinished rear shell part with an iPhone 5 display fitted in to get a real feel for what we should be expecting the final thing to be like. Sporting a rounded rear shell design that looks like a bulkier 5th generation iPod touch if it were made out of plastic, the budget iPhone will be made out of strong polycarbonate plastic and will be made available in multiple vibrant colors, all of which will come with a black 4-inch display, a rear facing camera with LED flash and physical buttons.

As for storage capacities, we think Apple will only make 8GB and 16GB models to keep the cost down in addition to lower speced hardware of course. The rear polycarbonate shells will have an iPhone 3G-like glossy finish only that more colors would be made available other than the standard white and black.

Apple's Tim Cook promised to deliver a quality product no matter how much it'll cost when asked about the possibility of a cheaper iPhone, and Techdy, the site that got hold of the leaked parts and put out a generous amount of detailed photos of the assembly, has confirmed that the polycarbonate shell does not feel cheap and that it feels better made than Samsung's Galaxy smartphones. Check out the in-depth video after the break!

Update: The plastic iPhone goes by the name - iPhone 5C.

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