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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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  • 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?

  • zepfloyd
  • 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!