Apple said to be cutting iPhone 5c production in half

By on October 10, 2013, 5:30 PM
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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.

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OneSpeed said:

It will still look kind of funny to see those people lining up in the streets for one.

1 person liked this | avoidz avoidz said:

It will still look kind of funny to see those people lining up in the streets for one.

Instead of a bread line, we now have an iPhone line.

1 person liked this | GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Well what did they expect, it was either buy the outdated phone, or the brand new upgraded one...Colorful backplates are not a reason for a new phone

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I might take a gently used 5 around $350 vs. a 5c at $500. That price is still pretty steep.

1 person liked this | Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

They were stupid to even make the 5c, what they should have done was continue to create iPhone 5's, design is much nicer and I'm sure they could have taken off $50 still to make it "price competitive"...

Instead they've created an ugly phone and put last gen's hardware in it, well done Apple... well Done...

I guess it does show though the Sheeple maybe stupid but not that stupid!

Guest said:

Thank GOD that the fandom seems to be coming to an end.

No one to rule them all. Rather, and assortment of rather interesting devices.

Oh, and Steve is....

scorpionvenom said:

Its to expensive I queued up in belfast for the 5s and nobody was buying the 5c

avoidz avoidz said:

It's an Apple blunder, certain to be spun into something else by marketing speak.

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

They created the 5C because if they had put the 5 and 5s side by side, its difficult to discern the difference and they wouldn't have sold as many of the 5s. Looks like they succeeded in making the 5s successful but the plastic phone was always going to sell less as soon as it became clear that it wasn't actually a "cheap" iPhone, just the same price point as the 4s was when the 5 came out.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

The fact of the matter remains... The 5C is just far too expensive. Cut the price by a couple hundred bucks then watch it fly off the shelves and into the hands of the iSheep.

This is not to say the price of the 5S is reasonable but iSheep are programmed to being ripped off by Apple so they meekly pay the extortionist price.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I guess it does show though the Sheeple maybe stupid but not that stupid!

Maybe but I wouldn't count on it.

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I have a 5 and I'm happy. My missus would be happy with a 5c and it's the same internals pretty much. It's just not cheap but they are good phones.

dchall8 said:

I specifically waited for Apple to make a plastic backed phone to get one. My wife is using it. She hates the keyboard and is intimidated by the technology, but she wanted one, so she has one.

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