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Phil Schiller Says New iPhone 5C is “Android-free” – You Damn Right It is.

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Oh that Phil Schiller – the mouth of Apple – still can’t seem to get over Android’s success. On stage this afternoon, Schiller managed to sneak in what he believed to be a dig at our favorite mobile OS as he talked about the environmental friendliness of his company’s new plastic iPhone 5C and its accompanying cases. He talked about it meeting environmentally happy means, saying that it was “Arsenic-free, mercury-free, and…Android-free.” Good one! Belly buster. Mic dropper. Walk-off…bunt. 

But you know what? We are 100% OK with Schiller’s continued antics, especially now that we know he gets case design inspirations from children’s games (or Crocs) , build materials from companies they regularly sue, and camera ideas from none other than HTC (“Had TCopy”).

We’re glad that Apple wants to continue to try and distance their ideas and gameplans from Android, you know, since most of them came from Android ideas and inspirations introduced 3 years ago. We’ve moved on.

Oh, and because someone in our live blog requested it – Jony Ive face!

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  • letreasonrule

    Criticism is really veiled admiration, is it not? Otherwise, one would be content with the knowledge that their choice is superior and not have to spew their critique of the other so loudly.

    Android vs. iPhone; Jellybean vs iOS… its a religious war where nobody wins. Everyone just gets in a lather until the next version of whatever arrives, only to be the gasoline on the fire that everyone was waiting for.

    Use whatever works for you. Allow the other person to use what works for them. Quit being a religious evangelistic zealot trying to ‘convert’ the world to your way of thinking.

    Respect. Diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks.

    It’s your turn, be respectful.

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  • rabidhunter

    The case kind of reminds me of this…

    • rabidhunter

      Oh no

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  • J Dub

    After reading a few articles how is this going to fly? The Nexus 5 will be out soon and price wise it’s no contest. We don’t even know what the price is going to be, but going on previous Nexus devices it’s going to be much cheaper unlocked than the iPhone. Amazing to see the rise to dominance and the fall they have made the last few years. It used to be that all the news outlets compared new phone to the iPhone. Now it’s reversed. The new iPhone is just compared to what all other phones already have. It doesn’t even have NFC which has been in phones now for years.

  • bigslam123

    It’s a sign of desperation when you have to belittle your competition in order to try and make yourself look better.

  • Me

    This is the most accurate thing anyone has ever said about androids. I love Phil for saying that xD

  • Daniel Flores

    There has been no mention of the lack of an ‘iWatch’ announcement. With all the smart watches coming out, Apple will be behind the curve, as usual. Android continues to be on top. iPhones have become more and more for the iSheep.

  • Jonathan
  • Christian Harris

    Apple always does that. It’s what they’ve been doing for years. When Mr. Cook was on his Windows 8 laptop and did the promo for iCloud on Windows he laughed as well as the crowd. Apple’s been doing this for centuries. They steal ideas and implement them into their own OS. It’s kind of what makes Apple special, they take features out of other OS that are the most wanted, spice them up and make them better (IMO control center on iPhone is better than Android now) and do it that way. Young techies don’t know this
    (and neither did I) until an older one told me. They have been doing this for years and will continue to. In fact, Steve Jobs even said: “Great artist steal”. Apple does not innovate for long periods of time (say 5-6) and just copy.

    Now, this new Macbook that’s supposed to be round, that’s something I’m surprised no one is talking about.

    PS: This is coming from someone who is getting a Macbook for Christmas and an iPhone next month.

  • NemaCystX

    You see what’s happening right? Apple is trying to be like everyone else now that they ran out of ideas. They’re clearly getting desperate here, iOS 7, finger print scanners, gold iphones, giving away premium apps for free.

  • RaptorOO7

    Phil “I’M A TOOL” SCHILLER, he makes me laugh. 2007 they introduced the innovative “Plastic” phone and in 2013 they brought “innovation” back AGAIN with PLASTIC AGAIN. I guess when innovation fails start where it all began, Plastic.

  • emoney

    by 2020 Apple will have the same customizable features on their iphone as the first android phone

  • I love how Apple talks out of both ends when they say it doesn’t have all the supposedly “useless” features that their competitors have (dig at Samsung) but yet they turn right around and announce a camera app with filters and crap no one is ever going to use, a slow motion camera that everyone has had and then a 64 bit cpu which the end consumer could care less about.

  • vincent scala

    couldn’t help it

  • sski66

    HaHaHa, HTC, Had to Copy, so that’s what it stand for, cool

  • Goldenpins

    Ive sure it aging rapidly and not well.

  • AndroidUser00110001

    They got rid of the pull down notification shade?

    He did say android free…

  • joejoe5709

    That was the one quoted feature that wasn’t completely incorrect. Lol. I kid… I kid…

    Well to be fair, iOS7 looks SO much like Android that I’m sure they lawyers told him to slip that in just so that we didn’t think iOS7 wasn’t an EXACT copy of Android. Snap! Gotcha guys again! I got a million of them. I’ll be here all week.


    I see Disqus is becoming Reddit!

  • TechnologyIsMyName

    I sure as hell hope an Apple product is “Android free”. I mean… thank you? Thank you, captain obvious! I suppose now you’re gonna tell me that Android is iOS free as well? Mind blown.

  • S4Lags

    Thank God it’s Android free – means it will actually work without lag or crashes.

  • Leonidas

    you can also play connect 4 with the case

  • colebear

    It was designed by CROCS!!!

    • Douglas Lewis

      So the C stands for Crocs?

  • Duckie1217

    No worries guys! All of these “New iPhones” are soon to be decorations purposed only for the bottom of hipster’s Apple II fish tanks!

  • TeeJay1100

    Google ain’t thinking about Apple. Especially after this fiasco of an announcement.

  • ddub

    Kellex, nice one with the crocs reference. You know… for a company that has historically been at the forefront of hardware design, the 5C… is so… uninspired. Unapologetically plastic? Are you serious? You’re touting an extremely glossy finish too? I’m sure the device itself will be engineered well, but I’m just surprised that Jony Ive can sit there and say these things with a straight face while Schiller continues to make unsubstantiated claims against android and (ironically) Samsung.

    This phone looks like something that should be dispensing pez or bubblegum. They couldn’t take the casing of the retina iPod and use that aluminum chasis for the 5c?

    I don’t know why I’m getting so worked up.

  • M C

    so if its android free does this mean the return of apple maps? as belt from the croods would put it “dun dun dunnnn”

  • ImmaDroid

    Even most iOS 7 features are an Android ripoff

  • Nick

    if they wanted people to buy their products… they wouldnt call it android free 😉

  • Nick

    they think theyre getting so far ahead of us… meanwhile theyre just getting pattern unlock and finger print unlock now. while we’ve had face recognition and pattern unlock forever! catch up bitches.

    • Pratik Holla

      They got pattern unlock? Didnt even know that.

      • They didn’t. I mean, it’s patented by Google and all…

        … Well now coming to think of it I wish they did.

  • Jonathan Paul

    I’m fine with Apple not wanting anything to do with Android, hell I encourage it.

    I just wish google had the same attitude toward iOS.

    Insted, Google makes their best and most polished software for iOS.

    • M C

      i like this thought, stop supporting ios users bring the ios design team for them to meet and group up with the android team and force them to switch to an android phone to sync gmail or use maps or google plus or any of their apps.

  • Jimeong Lee

    There’s probably an app that’ll let you flip the case around to the front to play an intense game of connect 4. INNOVATION.

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    I hate iPhones, but anyone else think that the fingerprint scanner in the home button is pretty sweet? I’ve always hated those damn finger print readers that you have to slide your finger across slowly. But turning the flat round home button into one is pretty damn cool. Too bad it’s glued to a completely lame device with lame software.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Who here think Shitller uses an Android phone at home?

    • Tyler Casilio

      *Schiller, my mistake…

  • LMFAO @ “children’s games & crocs”. WIN!

  • PhoenixPath

    (Originally posted in response to someone else…)

    Android free? Hardly. It’s trying to *be* Android.

    Lest ye all forget:

    Droid Life; The moment iOS7 became Android-


  • Its not Android free!!! There are tons of things copied from Android phones!

  • Pedro4Prez