By Chris Martin
Update - 4 September 2013: The iPhone 5C is set to be unveiled to the world at a dedicated press event, taking place at Town Hall in Apple HQ, Cupertino at 10am local time (6pm UK time). Apple usually sets its UK iPhone release dates for a week after its smartphone's press event. See also: Live coverage of Apple 2013 iPhone event from Cupertino, California.
See also: iPhone 5C price: PC Advisor predictions.
Apple has given its biggest hint yet that it will be launching an iPhone 5C after all, thanks for to the colourful nature of the invite it sent out to members of the press last night. (See also: iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5S comparison review: what's the difference between iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S?)
From 3 September 2013:
Always wanted an iPhone but never been able to afford one? Well the iPhone 5C might be the answer. We've rounded up all the rumours on the iPhone 5C release date, price and specifications. Updated on 03/09/13.
It's widely anticipated that Apple will launch not one, but two iPhones this year. The iPhone 5S will be a replacement for the iPhone 5 while the iPhone 5C will break Apple tradition and offer a cheaper alternative. See also: Budget iPhone could be named iPhone 5C.
By no means is any of this information concrete so have a pinch of salt at hand. Here's everything you need to know about the iPhone 5C prior to Apple unveiling the smartphone.
iPhone 5C: Launch and release dates
Apple hasn't sent out invitations for the next iPhone launch event yet but we have a good idea of when this will take place. Multiple sources have told a number of different tech sites that the unveiling will happen on 10 September.
See also: iPad 5 release date, price and specs rumours.
Apple is expected to be announcing the iPhone 5C alongside the flagship iPhone 5S. As usual you can expect the release date to be shortly after the event – a week or two normally.
The Telegraph is reporting that, based on "sources close to people involved in the courier industry", that the new iPhone models will go on sale on 20- and 27 September although it's unclear which way round these are or whether the first might be a delivery of a smaller number of units to start with.
Although we're expecting two new iPhones the sources claim that the "stands for shops include three slots for products" which throws up a few question marks.
iPhone 5C: Price
There are various prices being bandied around for the iPhone 5C. The latest is from KGI analyst, Ming-chi Kuo. He expects it to sell for between $400 and $500 which is £230-320 but - as ever - don't forget to add tax, which will add 20 percent for UK buyers. Similar amounts have been touted by case maker, Tactus.
This has surprised many who thought the iPhone 5C would be a budget offering rather than mid-ranged. We don't expect a 'cheap' iPhone to go anywhere near sub-£200 (although it would be nice) and wouldn't be surprised if the device was priced starting at £349 or even £399.
iPhone 5C: Specs
Plenty of leaked photos show the iPhone 5C rear casing made from polycarbonate plastic. It's expected to come in five different colour options: white, blue, red, green, yellow and red. These could well tie in with the new colour scheme used in iOS 7.
See below for a raft of iPhone 5C case photo and video leaks.
Screen size has been debated for a while with 4.5in and 4in the most likely possibilities. Going by the leaked casing, we're putting our money on the latter as is looks roughly the same size as the current iPhone 5.
Other specifications are sparse for one with only a hint at an A5 processor and a 5Mp rear facing camera.