There was much speculation as to what Apple’s two-pronged assault on the smartphone market would mean for last year’s iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, but while the long-term futures of these two handsets is uncertain, the Cupertino company seems happy to retail both alongside the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for the time being. Naturally, each has been dropped in price, and as well as being able to grab the iPhone 5s on contract for just $99 now, folks can also avail the iPhone 5c free of charge on a two-year package.

The iPhone 5c is, to all intents and purposes, an iPhone 5, but given that said handset was flagship until just over a year ago, remains a very competent device. The 5c features 4G LTE, a 4-inch Retina display, and notably, will still be compatible with all of the new Apple Watches should you decide to go ahead and purchase the wearable early next year.

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The 5s, meanwhile, has been yet another record-breaker for Apple, shattering early sales records and ensuring the popularity of the iPhone brand. Sure, last year’s model wasn’t as much of a leap as this time around, but with Touch ID and a 64-bit Apple A7 processor, remains a force to be reckoned with.

The smartphone industry moves at such a pace that, for the most part, we’re always looking ahead to what’s next. But make no mistake, both the iPhone 5s and 5c remain very capable in spite of today’s big keynote event, and if you’ve been waiting for the iPhone 6’s launch purely for a price drop in either the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, your wait is now over.

Sure, your cheaper, older smartphone mightn’t be able to take advantage of contactless payments due to the lack of NFC. But given that this technology is still fledgling and that Apple is still securing retail partners, it’s probably going to take at least a year for everything to fall into place anyway.

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As such, the purchase of an Apple Watch-ready iPhone 5s or 5c looks a shrewd acquisition at this point in time, and if you want an iPhone but aren’t too concerned about having the latest model, you may well be swayed by the price reductions.

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