Apple reportedly halving iPhone 5c production

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Apple is said to be halving its daily production of the iPhone 5c, from 300,000 to 150,000 units.

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The report, from Chinese site C Technology, doesn't give a firm reason for the cut, but it's believed to be a result of reduced demand for the colourful phone compared with the iPhone 5s.

Both the iPhone 5c and the flagship iPhone 5s launched last month, with many reports suggesting that the 5s is proving the more popular of the two.

While the 5c boasts coloured shells and a lower price tag, in many markets, Australia included, the price difference isn't particularly significant.

At the time of writing, the Australian Apple Store is listing the iPhone 5c as "available to ship within 24 hours", while the availability of the 5s is rather cryptically listed as "October".

Interestingly, MacRumors has reports that the price of the iPhone 5c via China's parallel import market has dropped significantly, with some sources saying they can be found for as little as 2600 yuan (around AU$450).



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Trungy12 posted a comment   
Australia

Halve the price and you wouldn't need to halve the production =], just a thought.

 

Shannon.Roberts posted a comment   
Australia

More importantly the Iphone 5c is a complete was of production time in the first place. The hardware specs are completely different as im sure the majority would want an Iphone 5s than 5c.

 

Restricted_access posted a reply   
Australia

Yes, the majority wanted a 5s and 9 million devices were sold in the first few days, but apparently somewhere close to 3 million 5c devices were sold in the same period. As I said earlier, total Lumia sales in the last quarter were on 5.6 million devices - and there are quite a few different models of Lumias in that total.In comparison, sales of 5c devices are not as bad as some are trying to suggest.

 

ThePeddle posted a comment   
Canada

Doesn't make any sense why this phone was made and why people actually bought it. IT'S A 5 with a plastic shell. Why didn't they just keep making the 5 and include a decent plastic case. The majority of people just stick a case on there anyway. At least this way you had a choice, plastic or not. The previous gen iphone was always sold a little less cheaper than the new model exactly how the 5c is being sold. Now people are paying "a little" less for the exact same phone as the 5 with a plastic shell?? Apple duped people into buying this cheaper made phone for an overpriced amount. Why so many people bought the 5c in the first place boggles me. This is exactly why the phrase "isheep" was coined. Insane. Apple told the masses that you want a plastic 5 not the old elegant looking one and will pay the same price as what they would of sold it as since the 5S is launched. Pathetic that so many bought into this.

 

CurnsyC posted a comment   

My wife got the 5c. It's a nice phone. The plastic feels stronger and more solid than it looks and really looks more apple with the colours in my opinion......as for fail.....Man I wish I could fail like that lol

 

Restricted_access posted a reply   
Australia

".Man I wish I could fail like that lol"

Exactly!

I think constantly of Greg Norman and how so many people described him as a failure. His failure was to have a celebrity lifestyle, a jet, a least one massive ship and an income of tens of millions of dollars per year. I pray every day to be a failure like Greg Norman . . . and Apple! :-)


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