While iPhone fans have been waiting in line to pick up the 5c in their favorite colors, one tech repair site has been disassembling the polycarbonate-backed iPhone, revealing a sturdy device that loses some points on repairability.
Apple's new iPhone 5c represents the first time the company has specifically updated and advertised its mid-range handset, giving the device a unique role in expanding expectations for the company's smartphone sales.
Eager Apple fans have lined up for the newest iPhone in numbers comparable to previous years, leading some analysts to believe that launch weekend sales for the device will be at or above what they were for last year's model.
Users booting up their newly released iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c on Friday will be prompted to install a minor operating system update, intended to squash a few minor bugs Apple discovered with its latest handsets.
Apple on Thursday started putting up window dressing at one of its Australian retail outlets ahead of the iPhone launch on Friday, with the colorful 5c taking space to one side of the store's door, while the other is dedicated to the high-end 5s.
Just after midnight local time, Apple opened sales of their new flagship iPhone 5s and 5c to customers in in the Far East and Down Under, and orders were immediately met with delays of a week or more, pushing deliveries into the next month.
Facing criticism over higher-than-expected pricing of the new iPhone 5c, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has defended his company's strategy, saying there's plenty of room to grow — and retain its profits — in the high-end handset market.
While many market watchers are concerned that Apple has not announced preorder numbers for the iPhone 5c and may face supply constraints with the iPhone 5s, one analyst believes launch weekend sales will blow past last year's record setting iPhone 5 performance.
Although Apple has yet to announce preorder numbers for its iPhone 5c, one of two new iPhones being launched on Friday, one analyst believes the company will likely hit 5 to 6 million combined unit sales this weekend.
With Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c scheduled to hit the market on Friday, reviews for the two devices are being published to the Web by all major news outlets and the initial impressions are largely positive.