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The iPhone 5C Reminds Us Of...

Lime green, yellow, pink, baby blue, and white: these are the cheery colors of the new iPhone 5C, complemented by Apple's colorful cases. And, well, they also remind us of a couple of other things.

  • <p>Pink, not red. Baby blue, not royal blue. Not-quite-banana, not-quite-lemon yellow. It's not easy being Kermit green. Oh, and white, if you prefer the traditional iPhone look.</p>
  • <p>Bright yellow iPhone? Check. Bright green silicone case with holes punched in it so you can see the yellow underneath? Er... check. We guess. Piercings are cool, but these cases really don't fit the goth or emo look.</p>
  • <p>Gummy bears...bouncing here and there and everywhere. It's rubbery, bouncy, rainbow-hued high adventure beyond compare.</p>

<p>Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdexter/4673619029/" target="_blank">Ree Dexter</a></p>
  • <p>Fun for everyone, it's the vertical checkers game from MB! Every time you look at an iPhone 5C case now, you'll be thinking "Connect 4." Hah!</p>

<p>Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20571120%40N08/4836636938/" target="_blank">DQMountaingirl</a></p>
  • <p>Fisher-Price makes some classic kids toys, and has done so for years. Two of these product's defining characteristics are hard-wearing plastic and bright playroom colors. So not at all like Apple's iPhone then. Or its brightly hued new iOS 7, either.</p>

<p>Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thornblossom/5303261101/" target="_blank">Sue</a></p>
  • <p>Lego bricks! Bright, shiny, plasticky, nicely designed, multipurpose? Yup. This is not the iPhone.</p>

<p>Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/fdecomite/2706232257/" target="_blank">fdecomite</a></p>
  • <p>Shiny, colorful, highly-laquered and stylish--plus often featured in <a href="http://populagram.appspot.com/tag/NAILS" target="_blank">Instagram photography?</a> Yes. It's not an iPhone 5C, unless you have ten of 'em glued to your fingertips.</p>

<p>Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/leleuzis/5499724864/" target="_blank">Lelê Breveglieri</a></p>
  • <p>Colorful, plastic, lots of fun...so you want to dive right in! Yes. A ballpool made of iPhones, though? That'd hurt.</p>

<p>Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/florencerf/4348942625/" target="_blank">The Richardson Fosters</a></p>
  • <p>Now you can use the fact each iPhone 5C can have a color-matched screen backdrop, and string a bunch of them up between two trees for a festive occasion. Or you could go the cheaper LED fairy light route. Up to you.</p>

<p>Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pipsky/5399949980/" target="_blank">Pippin Graham</a></p>
  • <p>Hard, shiny, resilient, chewy. Very much like your potential new iPhone. Except the last part, unless you want to risk violating your warranty.</p>

<p>Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbhill/2747439395/" target="_blank">J.B. Hill</a></p>
  • 01 /12
    | The iPhone 5C's naked rainbow

    Pink, not red. Baby blue, not royal blue. Not-quite-banana, not-quite-lemon yellow. It's not easy being Kermit green. Oh, and white, if you prefer the traditional iPhone look.

  • 02 /12
    | The colorful 5C cases...with piercings

    Bright yellow iPhone? Check. Bright green silicone case with holes punched in it so you can see the yellow underneath? Er... check. We guess. Piercings are cool, but these cases really don't fit the goth or emo look.

  • 03 /12
    | Not iPhone 5C

    Gummy bears...bouncing here and there and everywhere. It's rubbery, bouncy, rainbow-hued high adventure beyond compare.

    Flickr user Ree Dexter

  • 04 /12
    | Not an iPhone 5C

    Fun for everyone, it's the vertical checkers game from MB! Every time you look at an iPhone 5C case now, you'll be thinking "Connect 4." Hah!

    Flickr user DQMountaingirl

  • 05 /12
    | Not an Apple product

    Fisher-Price makes some classic kids toys, and has done so for years. Two of these product's defining characteristics are hard-wearing plastic and bright playroom colors. So not at all like Apple's iPhone then. Or its brightly hued new iOS 7, either.

    Flickr user Sue

  • 06 /12
    | Not iPhone 5C

    Lego bricks! Bright, shiny, plasticky, nicely designed, multipurpose? Yup. This is not the iPhone.

    Flickr user fdecomite

  • 07 /12
    | Not iPhone 5C

    Shiny, colorful, highly-laquered and stylish--plus often featured in Instagram photography? Yes. It's not an iPhone 5C, unless you have ten of 'em glued to your fingertips.

    Flickr user Lelê Breveglieri

  • 08 /12
    | Not iPhone 5C

    Colorful, plastic, lots of fun...so you want to dive right in! Yes. A ballpool made of iPhones, though? That'd hurt.

    Flickr user The Richardson Fosters

  • 09 /12
    | Not iPhone 5C

    Now you can use the fact each iPhone 5C can have a color-matched screen backdrop, and string a bunch of them up between two trees for a festive occasion. Or you could go the cheaper LED fairy light route. Up to you.

    Flickr user Pippin Graham

  • 10 /12
    | If only this were an Apple product

    Hard, shiny, resilient, chewy. Very much like your potential new iPhone. Except the last part, unless you want to risk violating your warranty.

    Flickr user J.B. Hill

  • 11 /12
  • 12 /12

So yesterday we learned that the "C" in Apple's iPhone 5C really did stand for "colors," rather than cheap, as Apple's keeping its iPhone 4S on sale as the really cheap option. The iPhone 5C is resplendent in its colorful polycarbonate jacket, a process that Apple went to great lengths to assure us is a product of high design and clever engineering. The shiny cases— in white, yellow, green, blue, and pink—are layered, complex, well thought out, and come with a long, lickable Apple heritage that goes back to the Bondi Blue iMac.

That's the company line. The 5C will, rest assured, sell by the hundreds of millions.

But that fact doesn't do anything to quell Apple naysayers, the diehard Android fanatics, or Nokia's snarky PR team. To these folks, Apple's colorful iPhones look silly, juvenile even. And if we're being honest? Well...yes, there are more than a few long established, shiny, colorful products that the iPhone 5C really does bring to mind.

But does it matter? No. Apple is trying something new, and that's a good thing. It worked for the iMac. It worked for the iPod Nano. It'll probably work with the iPhone. We only wish there were more colors available, or that you could choose your own hue. Maybe Apple should release the design for the plastic iPhone 5C case so we can all 3-D print our own versions?

Slideshow Credits: 12 / Flickr user Rupert Ganzer;