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Apple iPhone 5c production cut in half?

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Apple iPhone 5c production cut in half?
Seems like we've seen this show before. Last January, week demand for the then flagship Apple iPhone 5 reportedly led Apple to slice production of the device in half. On Friday, a published report out of China said that the Cupertino based tech titan is cutting its daily production of the Apple iPhone 5c by 50% due to "disappointing sales". The number of the plastic mid-range iPhone models coming off the line is now allegedly set at 150,000 a day, cut from the 300,000 a day that previously was being produced daily.

Reports of weak Apple iPhone 5c sales seem to contradict other reports that claim otherwise. For example, Canadian securities house Canaccord Genuity recently said that during September, iPhone 5c sales were strong enough at the four major U.S. carriers to propel the device ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S4 at certain times in the month, good enough for second place. The Apple iPhone 5s was the top selling smartphone among the top four major U.S. carriers during September.

Apple's website seems to confirm the lack of demand for the Apple iPhone 5c. Orders placed online from the site show that they will ship within 24 hours while orders for the Apple iPhone 5s show a shipping date of "October". In addition, China's online shopping site Taobao has seen the price of the iPhone 5c drop from 4488 Yuan ($733 USD) to 3500 Yuan ($572 USD). Still, we need to take this report with a grain of salt until we get a look at Apple's production numbers at the end of the quarter.

source: CTechcn (translated) via Pocketlint

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posted on 11 Oct 2013, 13:51 14

1. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


why would u even get this if you can get a iphone 5 for cheaper and better materials

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 13:54 2

2. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1733; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


You can't, from major carriers anyway. Verizon stopped selling the 5 online the day the 5S and 5C came out. But you are exactly right, why would anyone buy this when it was the same price?

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 13:55 7

3. harigrg33 (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 May 2013)


Coz apple fan think iphn 5c is innovation lol :D

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 14:00 3

6. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Frys electronics currently have iPhone 5 16gig for $0, 32gig for $100 and 64gig for $200. You would be a for if you picked a 5c if you have access to a Frys.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 16:35

18. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1733; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


That's cool, at least someone isn't holding out lol

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 02:20

57. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The flock of Apple Fanboys just see: Newer = better. They could release an iPhone that was the shell of an iphone 5 with the parts of a iphone 4 in it and a gimmicky new feature and it would sell better than the 5s did.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 18:23

67. apploid (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Oct 2013)


newsflash!
Apple shall re-continue the iP5, and half continue the iP5c

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 13:57 5

4. bucky (Posts: 3039; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


This was a stupid idea to begin with. I'd much rather find a 5.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 11:30

65. Finalflash (Posts: 3435; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It was an ingenious idea, shaft your older design and force everyone who wanted it to either buy shafted phone or move to higher priced same as last year phone. Very lucrative idea when the company knows its followers and their thought process (if there is one).

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 13:58 20

5. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


It's interesting that no one buys a phone which has a 9 score.
Isn't it PA?

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 17:55 5

22. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


on the other hand, the Note3...

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 19:51 5

48. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Selling like hot cakes. :')

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 14:36 4

7. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Yep, this is an Alan F. article. *weak

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 18:44 1

27. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


You need to take his articles "with a grain of salt".

Side note...pretty funny how we were presented with a COMPLETELY speculative article projecting 10 MILLION sales of an Iwatch without grains of salt sprinkled on it. However, information regarding production cuts in the ip5c are held in dispute?

Gold plated iPhone....sold out. CHEAP iPhone...production cuts. Not only unsurprising, but PREDICTIBLE. Who wants to have the CHEAP phone for VIRTUALLY THE SAME PRICE?

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 18:51 1

29. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Did you really just say "Gold Plated" iPhone?

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 19:19

38. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Yes, PotDragon did write "gold plated iphone". We can all read his post.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 14:51

8. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Apple should just stop making this plastic iPhone. iPhone 5 = best value for money for an expensive Apple product..

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 15:23

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 23648; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


5S is getting all the action.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 15:33 9

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


iPhone 5C was the biggest fail from Apple in 10 years. I'll believe 5S sales are strong, but if someone says the 5C is a gift, they're dead wrong.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 15:59 2

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 23648; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Really didn't need to be made, shoulda just made the 5s in those colors.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 16:09

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'd actually prefer that they didn't. Champaign gold is classy.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 16:33

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4708; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Or why didn't they just do as they had before, and offer the previous year model at a discount? I thought the whole point was that the c model was supposed to be for developing countries, but they were selling for the same price as they were with older models previously. So basically, selling the old model at a discount was a better deal for consumers than the 5c model, which due to cheaper build costs meant higher profit margins for Apple. Should've kept it the way it was.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 17:55

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 23648; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple went on record as never saying it was for developing countries VSW. I think the 5C was somewhat of an experiment into more coloring. I think next year there won't be C series iPhone, just a flagship, and the 5S as the lower cost option. Rumor has them testing 4.7-5.7 inchers. We'll see...

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 17:56

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 23648; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man that one rocks, but the industrial look of the space gray has grown on me.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 18:53 2

30. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


What about Apple Maps? That was a huge fail. Specially since they only tout how they don't release stuff until it's perfected because they spend so much time making sure it is perfect. I feel that takes the fail cake for Apple.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 18:55 1

31. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Complete nonsense Jedi. Complete.

You have no clue what models they will release. Or when. Or what size.

You did not know the 5c was coming. You have no inside track to rumors. You have no clue. None.

Ever single thing you ever wrote regarding your "thinking" has been incorrect, what makes you think you could possibly have any credibility?

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 19:02

32. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


I like the space grey as well. Side note however. I just read Steve Jobs bio, and I thinks its funny, he hated grey machines for their 'industrial look', that I think is quite nice. He hated a lot of stuff that Apple has done since he passed though.

Not trying to pass judgment on whether that's right or wrong for Apple to do, just saying.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 19:14 2

36. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


PotDragon, darkkjedii is correct on Apple's position about the 5C. The wall street analysts et al asserted the 5C was for developing countries.

Therefore, your comment of "Ever single thing you ever wrote ..." is complete horsesh*t.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 19:18

37. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


What about Apple Maps? It was not up to Apple's standards and Tim Cook apologized for the situation and Scott F. was given the boot.

Your assertion about Apple releasing products is just plain DUMB. Everyone knows software comes with bugs and that is why we get (free) updates.

Zayzay, you are trying too hard.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 19:32 2

39. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


It's really sad that you continually call people's comments dumb, only to follow up with one that lacks common sense yourself. You missed the point so I'll throw you a bone, ZayZay was talking about how Apple tells people they release products only after they are ready, yet released both Siri and Maps in beta mode. Siri at least worked, but anyone on the design team could tell Maps wasn't even close to being release, yet they did anyway. Scott F. shouldn't have been fired because Maps shouldn't have been released until it was ready. Firing Scott was just a saving face move to cover their embarrassment for jumping the gun.

And btw, you can disagree with someone without calling them dumb. Maybe one day you'll learn that level of maturity.

I eagerly await your Thesaurus findings, I know you won't disappoint. It's going to be tough topping jejune though.

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