Is the iPhone 5c current or previous generation?

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  1. KBurke02 macrumors newbie

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    Had this debate with a friend and it was kind of mind blowing haha

    Is the iPhone 5c considered the current generation since it was released alongside the 5s or is it past generation? To me it's current because it has SOME slight improvements over the iphone 5 and because it was released in 2013.

    Of course it could also be considered the previous generation due to specs. I guess my primary concern is the 5c will only see updates to ios 8 and 9 unlike other iPhones that have seen three ios updates.
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Does it matter?

    I'd say its current as it is the last gen of that model. An item remains current until it is replaced or retired.
     
  3. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    I suspect that it will only be updated to iOS 9 rather than iOS 10 as I suspect the 5s will be. So I guess I come down on the side that it is last gens phone, not this gen.
     
  4. cynics macrumors G4

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    It should get the same as the 5 based on specs. So the 5C won't be supported as long or the 5 will be supported longer then normal.

    Then again they could just base it off year/amount of updates and give the 5C an update to iOS 10.

    Tough to say really.
     
  5. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    The 5C is basically an iPhone 5 with a slightly bigger battery and better LTE provision. The basic spec of the phone is coming up to two years old.
     
  6. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    It was released at the same time, and its all semantics as to what "generation" it is. But because of the hardware in it being a year older than the 5S, I consider it to be of the previous generation. Sort of like a revamped iPhone 5.

    I consider the trend to still be 4 > 4s > 5 > 5s. I categorize the 5C within the 5. But that just might be me :p
     
  7. Imhzw macrumors newbie

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    Due to the A6 processor, I think if iPhone 5 stop to upgrade iOS, 5c will either.
     
  8. Mechayoshi macrumors regular

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    Depends on if you define generations in terms of year made or specs.
     

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