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

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by keatth, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. keatth macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2013
  2. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    White is a colour. In fact, it's the result of blending all colours!
  3. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    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.
  4. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Yes, that's exactly what I meant. Shine some "white" light through a prism and you get a colourful rainbow. :)
  5. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    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.
  6. Skoal macrumors 68000

    Nov 4, 2009
    Color can be anything you can see with the naked eye.
  7. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    It's a color that isn't offered in default versions (black/gray, silver, and gold).
  8. rui no onna macrumors 604

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    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.
  9. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    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.
  10. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    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.
  11. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    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.
  12. recoil80 macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2014
    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?).
  13. nj-morris macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2014
    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.
  14. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
  15. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    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).
  16. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    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.
  17. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    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.
  18. xymay macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2015
    that's a good iead ;)
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Last time I check white is a color so why not.
  20. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Does it really matter ? Better things to worry about
  21. steve23094 macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2013
    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.
  22. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    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.
  23. steve23094 macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2013
    Don't get upset because you got it wrong. Go update the science section of Wikipedia if you think you're right.
  24. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    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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