Apple is reportedly cutting daily production of the iPhone 5c in half moving forward, from 300,000 to 150,000 units. No reason for the cut was mentioned but one must assume the phone isn’t selling as well as Apple had hoped despite the fact that Cupertino moved nine million new iPhones (a combination of the 5s and 5c) during opening weekend last month.
A quick check at Apple’s online retail store shows the iPhone 5c is ready to ship within 24 hours. The 5s, meanwhile, has an available to ship date of October meaning it could be a few weeks before a phone is dispatched to a buyer.
Other reports also back up the notion that the 5s is outselling the 5c. The “grey market” in China – distribution channels that aren’t illegal but also aren’t authorized by Apple – has been holding steady. The 5c was initially priced at around $700 USD but is now closer to $500 USD in such areas.
Leading up to the reveal, many analysts expected the 5c to be a true budget iPhone but with a price point of just $100 cheaper than the flagship 5s, that isn’t exactly the case. Instead, the 5c is basically last year’s model (iPhone 5) in a colorful plastic shell.
With Apple set to launch the new handsets in 35 additional countries later this month, it remains unclear if the more expensive 5s will continue its sales dominance or if the 5c will pick up traction in less affluent regions.
The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 with nearly identical tech specs, a plastic-based exterior and 5 color choices, a first in the iPhone family. The 5C features the same 4" Retina display, A6 CPU, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, a new front-facing FaceTime HD camera with better low light support, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a higher capacity battery and support for more LTE bands.
The iPhone 5s is the Apple’s latest flagship handset. The iPhone 5s is powered by a first of its kind 64-bit A7 processor and the same 4" Retina display as its predecessor. It also includes a fingerprint reader dubbed Touch ID, HD video capture at 720p at 120FPS that can also perform slow motion at 120FPS. Battery life on the iPhone 5s is rated for 10 hours of 3G talk time, LTE browsing, Wi-Fi browsing and video.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
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