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If iPhone 5C is "for the colorful" then why is there a white one?

bhayes444

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Yes, that's exactly what I meant. Shine some "white" light through a prism and you get a colourful rainbow. :)
Hahaha, new case idea for the white iPhone 5C: "The Prism case", let the white of your iPhone shine through and show you the colorful rainbow of what's inside.
 
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C DM

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It's a color that isn't offered in default versions (black/gray, silver, and gold).
 
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rui no onna

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That's black. White is the absence of color and what you're most likely thinking of is that it is all wavelengths of visible light combined together.
Huh. From what I remember from physics class, white is supposed to be the presence of all colors while black is the absence of color.
 
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bhayes444

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Huh. From what I remember, white is supposed to be the presence of all colors while black is the absence of color.
Well, I guess I am actually referring to the pigments themselves. White pigments have no color since they reflect all light, while black pigments absorb them all. The color white, however, actually is the presence of all colors as you stated. My mistake.
 
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jpn

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That's black. White is the absence of color and what you're most likely thinking of is that it is all wavelengths of visible light combined together.

people: additive lighting vs. subtractive lighting.

white IS the presence of all colors (as all stage hands know). if we are talking about additive lighting.

for those of us using crayons, on the other hand, yes, what you might very well get if mashed the ones in your Crayola box of 72 would be, black.

ps: we can only HOPE that iPhone 6c comes in Lime, or, Copper.
 
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bhayes444

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people: additive lighting vs. subtractive lighting.

white IS the presence of all colors (as all stage hands know). if we are talking about additive lighting.

for those of us using crayons, on the other hand, yes, what you might very well get if mashed the ones in your Crayola box of 72 would be, black.

ps: we can only HOPE that iPhone 6c comes in Lime, or, Copper.

Okay, I was literally thinking of what color the object would be. Since it reflects white light (all colors) then it doesn't absorb any particular one. That's related to the color pigments I know.

I don't know about copper, but a lime iPhone would make my wife happy.
 
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recoil80

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They should have made the iPhone 5C with a white bezel like the iPod Touch. A completely white iPhone would be fantastic, very Apple style (remember the white polycarbonate macbook?).
 
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nj-morris

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I have two close friends with an iPhone 5C, both of them are white. Both of them have white phones too (see what I did there?). I guess it's just for boring people who buy a 5C just for the value.
 
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C DM

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I have two close friends with an iPhone 5C, both of them are white. Both of them have white phones too (see what I did there?). I guess it's just for boring people who buy a 5C just for the value.
Or people buy it because they like the design/materials more and look for more neutral colors that are available, which is really only white (since they didn't make a black version).
 
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Kyotoma

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For all those curious, a basic physics class will teach you there are two primary sets of color: The primary colors of light(blue, green, red) and the primary colors of pigment(cyan, magenta, yellow). For physical light, the combination of all three colors(blue, green, red) results in white, where the absence of all three would be black. For printing(i.e. an inkjet printer), the combination of all three pigments(cyan, magenta, yellow) results in black where the absence of all three would be white(or whatever base color your template document is).

It's all about the context.
 
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XTheLancerX

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In my opinion, they need a black 5C.

Also, white-faced 5C's. Not sure which ones would be black and which ones would be white other than the obvious white and black options. But would bright white plastic with bright white front and dark black plastic with dark black front be sort of weird looking with nothing breaking up he color?

Like with the black or white front and back of the 4/4S, there was that metal band surrounding the phone. With the 5 (sorry 5S, you're "space gray") there was the glass combined with the aluminum on the back to break things up, and the black aluminum was still slightly lighter looking than the jet-black glass front.

Now, if they did black and white options, what would the other three be? They probably would cut the least popular color option. I think white, black, blue, pink, and green would be good. Still don't know which ones out of those would have white faces though. I think making the white 5C have a white front with all the others staying black would be logical.

We are talking about a phone that is right about to be phased out, though. So maybe they could do something like this with the "6C" if that turns out to be a thing.
 
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steve23094

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That's black. White is the absence of color and what you're most likely thinking of is that it is all wavelengths of visible light combined together.

You got that precisely the wrong way round. Black is the absence of colour.

In the visible spectrum, white reflects light and is a presence of all colors, but black absorbs light and is an absence of color.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black and basic school knowledge 101.
 
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bhayes444

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You got that precisely the wrong way round. Black is the absence of colour.

In the visible spectrum, white reflects light and is a presence of all colors, but black absorbs light and is an absence of color.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black and basic school knowledge 101.
Others have already touched on this.

Pigments and the colors of light we see are pretty much exactly the opposite when referring to the color of an object. It's all in the context. A white pigment has no color, which is what is used in the coloring of the phone case. However, since a white pigment has no color it reflects white light which is composed of every visible color, so the phone case is all the colors!

As Kyotoma said, that is physics 101. Maybe learn to read the rest of the posts before commenting as others could have pointed out something similar and this is just a redundant post.
 
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steve23094

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Others have already touched on this.

Pigments and the colors of light we see are pretty much exactly the opposite when referring to the color of an object. It's all in the context. A white pigment has no color, which is what is used in the coloring of the phone case. However, since a white pigment has no color it reflects white light which is composed of every visible color, so the phone case is all the colors!

As Kyotoma said, that is physics 101. Maybe learn to read the rest of the posts before commenting as others could have pointed out something similar and this is just a redundant post.

Don't get upset because you got it wrong. Go update the science section of Wikipedia if you think you're right.
 
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bhayes444

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Don't get upset because you got it wrong. Go update the science section of Wikipedia if you think you're right.
I'm not upset, just pointing out how narrowsighted your opinion is. Wikipedia is a great resource, but no person looking for a credible opinion would go there.

Neither of us is wrong, just one is a bit more knowledgeable than the other ;)
 
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