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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
  • Guest

    Google’s reaction.

  • Guest
    • LMFAO!

    • Nick

      HAHA YES

    • AndroidUser00110001

      Still laughing after 10 minutes. Classic!

    • Anil Reddy

      hahaha! Thats exactly how it should be! After all, a splash in the pond is nothing against a huge oceanic wave!

  • Liderc

    I don’t even get the joke. Other than the fact that they just released a new phone with a finger print reader and a processor that their OS can’t even use.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      To their credit, iOS7 is 64-bit native, and they have a “seamless” transition to 64-bit apps for devs…but the effect on the end user is likely nil.

    • Jeff

      I am also confused by it. I must not be smart enough to understand.

  • SprintSucksDonkeyBalls

    Hey hey, everyone, no matter what happens, if you love or hate Apple, we can ALL agree that Sprint still sucks!

  • Geoffrey Gunter

    I prefer this guys perspective… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2Vt5O9cucg

    • Tony Byatt

      Meh…it’s not the copying, it’s the copying and then saying you invented it…Good video though…

  • Michael Contreras

    Innovation free*

  • litobirdy

    Don’t know how you can say “android-free” and show IOS7 that looks a lot of android in the same presentation? lol

    • TheDrizzle

      I was thinking the same thing. It’s Android-free in the name, but not the design.

    • Ben

      It’s Android-y kind of in that it’s bright, but the pastel gradients are largely (thankfully) absent from stock Android.

  • Guy Pierce

    I guess they can’t use the term “There’s an app for that” regarding the Connect Four game that can be played on the back of those childish cases!

  • Colin Huber

    I actually think Jony Ive is a badass. The rest of them can eat rocks and sand and other gravely stuff.

  • Terrance Steiner

    “Oh my God it is a shark….woa, that was close. We barley jumped.”

  • satsmine2k4

    Android is “Same old” free like all iphone’s are…

  • Will P

    lmfao those cases are so ugly. What were they thinking?

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  • 9ballvince

    Well considering that ios7 is more android like than anything else. I would have to say that they have lost their innovativeness and traded it for delusion!

  • Buur

    I can’t believe how ugly that case is. Steve Jobs would have shot lasers out of his eyes if someone suggested that thing to him.

  • I wonder if Jony Ive’s closet only has gray V-necks and jeans

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      There are white V-necks as well. Maybe he’s going to get some “unashamedly colorful” V-necks to match the new 5C.

      • The Phenom


  • The Phenom

    Mr. Schiller goes down on a check swing. Hit the showers.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    What does that case match my crocs?

    • SchwannyT

      Because hipsters can make their own moto X case to match what they are wearing. Now iOS fans have something to match them

    • Guy Pierce

      Yea but you can’t play connect four on your Crocks.

    • Douglas Lewis

      Because crocs stole the design from Apple. Lawsuit to be annouced.

  • Stewie

    Phill Schill …. Is he related to Will or Bill Krill ?

  • Eric

    I would love to punch Jony Ive’s face.

    • Steve Ballmer

      LOL. Kellex likes his post XD

  • Ron_Swanson

    Walkoff Bunts are actually awesome. Bad analogy

  • Alex manning

    Android is all up in his head

  • Nee Austin

    Schiller, an emotionally-equivalent tween girl also claimed to quit using Instagram when it came out on Android.

  • Travis Shepherd

    PocketNow said the case design was stolen from Crocs!

    • Nice comparison actually heh. Update post. 🙂

  • Ryan Stewart

    I dont know about the digs (or really care) I just clicked to comment that I found that case HILARIOUS.

    But it makes sense. They are losing out to the youngsters who dont think Apple is as cool as they once did. Its an appeal to them, bright colors for the kids!

  • Pratik Holla

    I puked a little when i saw those new cases. WOW. Cannot believe that Apple would put something out like that!

  • Stevedub40

    “Walk-off…bunt.” I seriously laughed out loud at this. This pretty much sums up apple’s iphone releases as of late. Good stuff man.

  • Tony Byatt

    It’s hilarious reading the comments on Apple sites. I had no idea how big the Apple Bubble had gotten…

  • CHRIS42060

    Same old Apple just in a different case…

    • Mayoo

      Might I add this?

      • tomn1ce

        Is that Ron on the pictures -_-

      • Can we start calling the new iPhone what it really is?

        The iPhone 4,4

        • Mayoo

          I disagree, too close to Android 4.4

          • I guess that is a good point… Imagine someone’s disappointment if they go in and think they are going to get KitKat, and then accidentally leave with phone herpes.

        • Anil Reddy

          No..iphone 5c can be called iPhone 4R..iPhone 4 recycled..

          • iPhone 4R III (4S being the first 4R with 2 follow ups)

        • iPhone RT…

      • DainLaguna

        so perfect.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    M7 M7 M7 M7 M7. Moving along.

  • Detonation

    Gotta love how instead of just dropping the price of the last gen phone (Iphone 5) like they usually do, they instead release an inferior version of it at that lower price point. Distract consumers with new colors while they pad their profit margins.

  • Guy Pierce

    Android free? It looks to me to be inspired 100% from android!

    • Colour Options from Nokia Lumia and to less extent Samsung. Apple normally boring Black and White!

  • thedonxr

    I was hoping for something new to really push innovation, but it looks like apple is flatlining on that front.

  • Kevin McDole

    I’m glad we agree that the camera designs were blatently copied from HTC.

  • NexusMan

    Kellen, I love this post! The links are priceless and on point. That iPhone 5c video is the most ridiculous piece of mumbo jumbo I have ever seen. It’s laughable. I was instantly in the mood to re-watch the Kit Kat video. The iPhone 5c is a disgrace to Job’s legacy. And that case is HIDEOUS!!! God I hope Milton Bradley sues Apple! LOL.

  • Tyler James Edward Hills

    Well said Kellen. Just realized with the recent price drop that you can have an N4 (better build quality, display, similar performance) for $300 cheaper than a 5C. 300 bucks. I almost want to write Google a thank you letter just for that

    • Dane Carpenter

      You mean $249. I’d say $199, but the 8 gigabyte model is unavailable.

      • Tyler James Edward Hills

        Huh? I mean $300 cheaper. As in the 16GB 5C is $549 and the 16GB N4 is $249

  • jamisles02

    The iPhone being “Android-free” is one of the biggest reasons I’ll never buy an iPhone.

    • anywherehome

      Because it means “brain-free” 🙂

    • PhoenixPath

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

      Lest ye all forget:

      Droid Life; The moment iOS7 became Android-

    • Tyler Casilio

      and “originality-free” plus Android is “Health-Free” I mean seriously, who wants to eat an Apple a day? That’s just boring

  • Murph

    Look at that case… The C stands for Calculator.

    • ROFL

    • Dane Carpenter

      How dare you compare my calculator to that case. My calculator deserves better.

  • Doan

    During one of the next Android flagship press-releases:

    “And, possibly, the best thing about this new phone: There’s nothing fruity about it.”

    • DanPatrickFlores

      I’m sure it’ll be sweet.

      • Doan

        No, no, no, DanPatrickFlores. That’s counter-productive to the ironic sarcasm.

        • DanPatrickFlores

          I was going for the dessert/Kit Kat reference, but your use of sarcasm was better.

          • Doan

            Well, they’d both work, but they must be in separate press-releases.

          • The Phenom

            Hahahaha well played.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I think “And, Possibly the best thing about this new phone: In 2-3 years Apple will give us props for the revolutionary features we introduced.”

      • chris125

        Or, “In 2-3 years apple will implement these same features and try to sue everyone who has been using these for years claiming they invented it and did it first”

        • poop

          The further this train goes, the less subtly there is to what’s said in the press-release. Honestly, the best thing I can say should be said:
          “[…]And possibly, the best thing about this new phone: a couple years down the road, our competitors will see what revolution really is.”

        • michael arazan

          Each new iphone comes with a subpoena for ios users to give to their friends with android phones, now that’s accessorizing

    • NemaCystX

      I doubt it, if they said Fruity, they could be misunderstood. I mean android is about deserts anyway lol

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I might actually watch your show again to see Ron’s opinions on this.

    • I’ll try not to disappoint.

    • The. Great. Cornholio!

      It’s actually a good/great phone, it’s just so much fun to take honest shots at it.

  • Yeah that was in poor taste and not really necessary…or funny.

  • Guy Pierce

    I’m sure glad they did not use the word “Revolutionary!”

    • Safe play, since nothing was. 😛

      • Guy Pierce

        Although they almost tried when they announced their “Revolutionary” 64bit A7 Chip.

        Edit: I mean the worlds only 64bit mobile chip!

    • The. Great. Cornholio!

      But wait… What about the fingerprint thing?!?!?! That announcement singlehandedly made every guy that doesn’t want his girl to go through his phone cry aloud for the genius of Cupertino. /s

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    How is the 5C still worth $549? Give me a break.

    • WickedToby741

      Moto X pricing should pivot to match the 5C’S pricing scheme. It really is a good match up.

    • Mayoo

      I saw what you did there!

    • moelsen8

      that’s probably the biggest surprise of the day, given the constant leaks and rumors

      • The Phenom

        The leaks are always planned to generate buzz.

        • sirmeili

          Perhaps post Jobs. But when Jobs was around, no leaks were planned. He was all about the hype of people not knowing.

    • JohanV

      Here have a Kit Kat 😉

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Well played, sir, well played 🙂

    • Tyler Casilio

      you walked into that one lol

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Nooo! the comment got eaten :-(.

        To those who missed: I was replied to above with the comment “Here, have a Kit Kat”. Unintended openings ftw!

  • Ben

    I was thinking much along the same way. They dig and dig at Samsung and then make a plastic phone. They take digs at HTC and then say that no other phone uses bigger pixels in their sensors to make better images. It’s comical.

    • htowngtr

      lol, yea, Apple mocks other people then flat out copies than style and calls it new. The only people who don’t know are Apple sheep.

  • +1 Kellen. Love your Apple posts 🙂

  • htowngtr

    lol @ the asshurt by Apple in that statement

  • whatvine?

    it looks like an android tho


    What a joke…..

  • Tre

    “We’ve moved on.”

    Clearly you haven’t…

    • NexusMan

      Clearly we have. But Schiller keeps bringing us back.

    • Pretty sure he means Android aka. Google. Google simply let’s the tech and software do the talking.

    • Tony Byatt

      Reflect much…

  • Radgatt

    Am I surprised? Nope!