Apple iPhone 5c rises from the dead, outsells Android flagships, Windows Phone and more in Q4?
The number of Nokia Lumia handsets sold in the same period was 8.2 million. Considering that the Finnish handset manufacturer accounts for 90% of Windows Phone sales, it would seem that the iPhone 5c topped Windows Phone sales in that quarter. And with BlackBerry ringing up 6 million units in the period, the plastic iPhone 5c sold more than twice as many units as BlackBerry did.
About 9 million Samsung Galaxy S4 models are believed to have been sold in the fourth quarter, and even if you throw in the 2.3 million units of the LG G2 that found an owner for a bit more than a quarter, it would seem that the iPhone 5c outsold the pair of flagship Android handsets during the last three months of the year both separately and combined. (We should note that the LG G2 might have sold close to 3 million phones during the period in question)
While the numbers are interesting, let's keep in mind that this did all take place in the holiday quarter when the iPhone 5c was discounted, and the device might have found its way under a lot of trees on December 25th. We also have passed along to you a recent report showing that iPhone 5c inventories now total about 3 million units. According to that report, 2 million of those phones are collecting dust at Pegatron while another million sit on carriers' shelves.
Taking everything into account, and assuming that the numbers are correct, it is quite a showing for a phone that many had called a failure. But before the folks in Cupertino dump Gatorade over Tim Cook, a report last month says that Apple will be removing the iPhone 5c from its lineup, and replacing it with a version of the Apple iPhone 5s (with a chassis made from a cheaper material) once the next-gen models are released. As you know, it is expected that Apple will be launching an Apple iPhone 6 with a screen-size expected to be 4.7 inches, followed by a iPhone phablet with a screen-size of about 5.5 inches.
Thanks for the tip, Sauce!
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5625; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Ummm. What about sales of the iP4? Apple was forced to re-start production of the iP4 due to lack of demand for Apple's higher priced offerings in developing markets. I doubt that 12 million 5Cs were sold last quarter.
Apple could quiet the speculation by releasing sales stats by model.
6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2540; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Second hand iPhone 5 is way better than this colorful overpriced iCrap.
Yeah, they are selling iP4/4s here in India again.
30. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
who and why on earth did these weird users by an iphone5c... holy moly even the ip5, ip4s is much better, cheap ugky plastic
12m ip5c your much better of with the ip5 which is the same price, man these sad apple users and buyers, no wonder there called the S word...
35. ecmedic4 (Posts: 197; Member since: 02 May 2013)
Could it be that the iPhone 5 is discontinued and no longer available at carriers? Also the iPhone 5c has better components than the 4s, which is 2 generations old now, so I could see why more ppl would have chosen the 5c over the 4s. I personally upgraded my 5 to the 5S just this past friday. Ive seen several 5c's out in the wild. They are an iPhone 5, just with a plastic back instead of aluminum. To each their own, its their money to spend so no need to be concerned about it. If you are going by build material, then would you say the same of samsung phones, or nokia phones? They are plastic as well, or only cause it is Apple?
86. marcski07 (Posts: 314; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
+ 1 to ecmedic4, and some prefer the colorful back in an iphone.. teenage girls, and young adult girls find it cute....
31. Finalflash (Posts: 1600; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
First you have to realize that this is an Alanized article STRAIGHT from AppleInsider so image the amount of fanboy piled on top of fanboy. Second you have to realize that for the iPhone crowd, you have a lot of hype in the 4th quarter, sales after that quarter determine the longevity of the device. The population is probably just now realizing that the 5c is not worth buy even after discounts. So now they are sitting in the warehouses instead of on "release" where you have hype and marketing supporting your sales. The iPhone 4s sold more units than the 5c in its respective quarter last year, so that wasn't compared here, but someone has to try to drive 5c sales (and on PA that is Alan).
37. ecmedic4 (Posts: 197; Member since: 02 May 2013)
Um no, it is simply what it is. Thats how many iPhone 5C's were sold, its not fanboy speculation. The iPhone 5C is simply an iPhone 5 with a plastic back instead of aluminum, and the iPhone 5 is no slouch in the performance department, i have one, and just upgraded to the iPhone 5S this past friday. Nothing wrong with my 5, i just decided i am gonna get each edition now instead of every other. I don't expect much of a comment from a known Apple hater on here though, and i don't see much of a comment from what i just read from you. I know a few ppl that have recently bought a 5C, so its still selling, how much remains to be seen after the first quarter results are out, which we will just have to wait and see.
45. darkkjedii (Posts: 10636; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Enjoy your purchase bro. Your money your choice.
49. ecmedic4 (Posts: 197; Member since: 02 May 2013)
Am enjoying the heck out of it. I decided I'm gonna upgrade to each new iPhone instead of skipping and getting every other 1. The iPhone is what i prefer and it suits my needs and i like it, thats what matters. I don't go buy specs like some ppl, like one i checked down below toward the bottom. I enjoy the ecosystem, the smooth operation, the seamless integration/syncing with my other Apple products, the ease of use, so far great battery life with my usage. Its just an all around great phone. Its not for everyone sure, but no single phone is for everyone. I have no qualms with other phones, could careless what other ppl use since its NOT MY CONCERN, and i don't try to make it my concern like some other ppl like to do on this site. Long as they are satisfied with what they bought then great for them. There are lots of excellent Android and WP devices out there, i just prefer the iPhone. Guess I'm not simple minded like a troll though.
54. darkkjedii (Posts: 10636; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That's exactly how I am. I simply love the way my iPhone works, while appreciating what others bring also. It'll continue to be my go to device. Great device.
78. Credo (Posts: 693; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Thumps up for you :) Windows Phone is what i need and iOS and Android are good operating systems, but i prefer WP :) glad you aren't close minded :)
83. ecmedic4 (Posts: 197; Member since: 02 May 2013)
WP is intriguing, and it has lots of room to grow and mature well. I hope it does grow, as more choices are better than less choices and it drives competition which is good for consumers. Glad you enjoy it, as long as it suits your needs then thats all that matters, not what trolls/haters say.
87. marcski07 (Posts: 314; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
finally some non-geeky comment who brags about specs looks price ratio, instead how the phone suits better with him. i like android, because of there's so much apps that are free, but i find it complicated for my average intellect in tech, i want iOS for it simple interface, user friendly, that's why they find it "perfect" for an average user what makes me not owning an iphone is because of its expensive and there's not alot of free apps. i want WP, because i don't know about it, and i want to know if its really great to use as WP users claim, what bugs me down is there are not lot of free apps or there no good apps at all, and lumia's design are getting boring also, they need to rethink their design...
32. Commentator (Posts: 2350; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Apple was still 4 million behind their expected number. That could explain why they restarted iP4 production.
Just because it may have outsold a lot of devices doesn't mean it wasn't a failure. Tim Cook himself expressed dismay at its sales.
70. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 146; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
There are a lot of teens who bought 5C. I have seen so many kids at my school but to be honest, I prefer 5 over 5C.
2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5284; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
No matter what, the iPhone 5c is not worth buying at all. I don't care about the sales it got, I only care about the price which is awfully overpriced for a phone like this while you can get better phones out there (even the iPhone 5).
21. vincelongman (Posts: 1063; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
To be honest, I'm not surprised at all.
The average consumer won't care/know about its specs.
And there only 3 iPhones (5S, 5C & 4S), so someone who wants an iPhone has 3 options.
There much more Android/WP8 flagships to choose from (e.g. N5, S4, Note 3, One, One Max, G2, Z1, ZU, X, 1020, 1520, Find 5, N1).
And those are just the flagships, there are countless low and mid ranges phones.
3. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
Well, why not? The 5c made it possible for more people than ever to have the latest device from the "greatest" company. I wouldn't be all that surprised seeing as the midrange is apparently the real volume. Samsung already pointed that out recently.
56. greyhulk (Posts: 116; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
This is not a mid range phone, not as far as price goes. It's priced at nearly flagship level. People who buy the 5c are very sorely misinformed consumers. You'd be better off spending a little extra on the 5s.
Apple doesn't know what "mid range" means.
59. iampayne (Posts: 234; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
You guys really need to chill a bit. This phone is priced just like all the other iPhones Apple has released. Its last years model that gets knocked down to $99 on contract and the year before it gets knocked down to free. Nothing has changed I don't understand all the commotion
64. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
so apple charge 100 dollars for cheap aluminium which cost the same to buy plastic
no wonder they rip off the public and make so much profit selling a midrange device and then charge u full highend price
4. lyndon420 (Posts: 1717; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Ok...but Android is on a lot more than just 2 OEM's phones. What is more important here...the operating system or the shell that encases it?
5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3084; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
So what if it is plastic. It still has fruit logo
8. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
I really like these ip5c articles and comments, the phone is really good and its an option for those who want a sportier and colorful apple.
9. mayur007 (Posts: 397; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Sounds fake to me android and windows phone are much more better than 5c and 5s
Even 5c were 3 million in stock n no one is looking to buy n suddenly this??
12. Sauce (unregistered)
You seem upset.
39. ecmedic4 (Posts: 197; Member since: 02 May 2013)
Yes its all just a conspiracy to trouble you Apple haters. You caught them. Seriously, do you really believe what your typing? You might think android and windows phones are better than the 5S and 5C, but millions of other ppl think differently, and thats what matters. Everyone has difference opinions and preferences, and millions of ppl have a preference for the iPhone, me included. I just upgraded my iPhone 5 to the 5S this past friday, and for me and millions of others, the iPhone suits our needs fine and we are obviously happy with our purchase, and we think its a great phone. Long as a person is happy with the money they spent, then thats what matters, not wether YOU think something else its better. There are lots of great Android and WP devices, i agree, but they aren't for everyone, and more choices are better than less choices. No phone is perfect for everyone, and while the iPhone isn't perfect for you, it is for millions of other ppl that buy one and are happy with it. Anyway, you can call it fake all you want, but i hope your not too butt hurt that the iPhone 5S and 5C sold as many as they did, cause i think the ppl that come up with these numbers know a lot better how many sold than you do, considering its what they do everyday cause its their job to know. But please, continue with your conspiracy theories. Whatever helps you sleep at night.
10. Dude2014 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)
LOL .. There's actually no surprise .. Android may be currently leading in market share but we all know it's because of the sales of lower and mid-ranged smartphones since most of people are not that rich. In high end smartphones, Apple clearly beats all those manufactures out there. The only manufacture that can compete Apple is Samsung and they're still far away from Apple's success. People will brainwashedly purchase whatever products with Apple logo since they believe Apple logo means expensive and superior than any others. They are willing to pay extra money for over priced products with Apple logo. I don't know about other countries but at least in my country it happens like this. 8 out of 10 people here have Android phones but if you ask them to choose between Apple and others, 90% will choose Apple and they will tell you that they purchased Android because they couldn't afford Apple products. Although I can afford any Apple's products, I personally prefer Android and believe iOS is crap. However, not everyone is like me tech-geeks. Most of them don't give a sh*t about tech,freedom,patents troll bla bla bla. They just want phone that's cool and works. That's all.
11. shy2papa (Posts: 203; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)
Really!!! people are dumb enough to buy the cheaply made iPhone 5c when you can get the all aluminum iPhone 5 for the same price, who ever crunch up these sales numbers did it after a night at the bar lol.
13. Sauce (unregistered)
Look at all you people mad and sad lol.
16. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
LOL, Such bitter souls. I thought about sending a tip when I read this article on AI ;)
57. PBXtech (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Not really for myself. I never hold any value for articles where there is so much speculation on what might have been, better to wait for actual figures.
Not sure if it's sad or comical so many people getting upset because of this much speculation though.
61. Sauce (unregistered)
Tell me about it. A lot of these PA users take this phone thing way too seriously.
65. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
we are all phone lovers on here thats why and why shouldnt we
14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2152; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
The numbers stated in this article clearly contradict the numbers stated in the linked article. No numbers for December in there, but it still doesn't make any sense.
40. ecmedic4 (Posts: 197; Member since: 02 May 2013)
Well considering the numbers in this article include the numbers for december and the one you linked doesn't, that could be why it contradicts this article. This is an UPDATED set of numbers that include the entire 4th quarter, so obviously the numbers would have changed from the article you linked. Seems to make sense to me. There seem to be a lot of mad/sad ppl on here like Sauce said. Don't know why so many ppl are butt hurt that the iPhone sold so well. Does it affect your lives in some way? I use an iPhone 5S but i don't go whining and citing conspiracies or that the numbers are fake when samsung or anyone else sells a boatload of phones. Grow up ppl.
50. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2152; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I'm not whining & it doesn't affect me in any way. I just don't see how it's possible that the 5c outsold the S4 when the S4 outsold it in October, November, January, & February. Is it possible that the 5c did phenomenally well in December? Sure. Would that have been enough to outsell the S4 during that period? I doubt it.
66. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
what does your username means or stands for?
72. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2152; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Nothing too special. My name is Gabe. My favorite number is 25, but I needed a 3-digit number to splice into my name, hence the zero. That's all.
73. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
i see whenever i try to read your name its weird, o so its
g a b e but with middle inserts
67. Sauce (unregistered)
Official numbers were released, and it confirms that the 5C did intact outsell the S4 in december, as well as other Android Flagships, All WPs, and all BB (but who cares).
15. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
That's quite a figure to rake up. However, the general public impression and the numbers doesn't quite fit in. I successfully convinced 3 of my friends to buy the Iphone 5S rather than the 5c ( their first Iphones ). And 5S is way better than 5c, if you are only looking at IOS.
17. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Look at all those android apologist knee-jerk reactions :P
19. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Hate towards Apple has existed since the beggining of time (iphone?), this unrelenting hate expressed by tech geeks and forums has predicted failure with every product release by Apple. The iphone 5c was indeed a second best selling smartphone Q4 after the 5S
20. tedkord (Posts: 4531; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Here is why I doubt this story. Just two weeks ago I got an email from Verizon offering to let me upgrade 6 months early with a free iPhone 5c. No way I get that offer if VZW doesn't have a s**t-ton of them sitting on shelves gathering dust.
41. ecmedic4 (Posts: 197; Member since: 02 May 2013)
Yes its all a conspiracy to cause an uproar with Apple haters. Wow, ppl really need to grow up. I think the ppl that compile these numbers know better than any of us on here how many of any phone sold in a quarter, considering it is their job to know and report on it. It is what it is, who cares...the iPhone sold very well, both the 5S and 5C. Im sure the GS5 will sell very well also, and i damn well bet there won't be near as many ppl questioning the numbers as there is on this article. Ppl are only questioning it because its Apple, nothing more.
22. Doakie (Posts: 1195; Member since: 06 May 2009)
I've seen 3 16GB iPhone 5C's owned by a few of my wife's friends. I look at it and think to myself "You paid $550 for this hunk of crap?" There are so many better phones to be had for so much less. Like let's say the 16GB Nexus 5 for $350.... That's a full $200 cheaper. How bout a 16GB Moto X for $400 or a 16GB Moto G for $200? No one said every iPhone buyer was smart with their money.
23. darkkjedii (Posts: 10636; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
When you make an informed purchase on what you actually want, that's being smart with your money. You're the type that feels a person should buy what you consider to be a good product, real life doesn't work that way. Every one with a Benz coulda saved money by buying a Camry, but they bought what they worked to get. A smart purchase isn't only about what you save, it's about what you want and what makes you happy. What if a person doesn't like the G, or the nexus 5, what if they feel I attracted to this devices? What if they move had their heart set on a 5c, and saved for it, should they not get it cuz it cost more? Your post was very child like dude. People buy what they want, when they can afford it plain and simple. Maybe you're the dummy with your money, only buying based on price rather than what you actually want.
24. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1316; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
So everyone wants an Apple product but the only reason they get Android or WP is because they choose to save money? Not everyone gets a Mercedes, not because they can't afford it or want to save money, but maybe because they like something else. Your post kind of makes it sound like the only thing stopping everyone from owning an iPhone is the price. Like it or not, many see the iPhone as a status device. Everyone else has one so they need one as well.
I believe therein lies the problem with Android, with so many different OEMS, form factors, and sizes to choose from, it's not as easy to bring all the fans together as it would be with only one device, or two even. Up until last year you could always spot another iPhone user and if you bought them the same year, you had something in common.
But with Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony, Huawei, ZTE, etc., it's less likely you're going to find someone else with the same device as you have. But that also gives you a greater opportunity to set yourself apart. You could get one in a different color, your home screen may look nothing like someone else's even though you have the same phone, etc.
The only thing that makes me wonder about the validity of this story is that only a few days ago, Apple was ready to come out with an 8GB 5c to try and salvage the situation. If this story is true, why would they need to do that? Another thing to keep in mind is that these aren't actual sales figures from Apple, but from multiple sources that may or may not be reliable. The previous story about them coming out with the 8GB version just doesn't jive with this story.
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 10636; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Wow bro, I can't believe you of all people missed my point. I won't even bother to explain myself. Wowwww
34. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
there is no merit in fanboys nor positiveness, only they believe in apple is the best no matter what, good bad still apple will be angel to fanboys
42. ecmedic4 (Posts: 197; Member since: 02 May 2013)
Just like samsung fanboys, Nokia fanboys, LG, etc. Don't single out only Apple fans, there are diehard fans of other brands, especially Samsung. Also darkk isn't one of those rabid fanboy types. You've hated on Apple before though, so i am not surprised by your comment singling out Apple as the only one having diehard fanboys.
44. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
I DONT HATE APPLE BUT HATE THE WAY THEY LEGISLATE DEMOCRASY AND PATENT WHAT DOES NOT BELONG TO THEM AND BUSINESS PRACTICE
i have a macbook air
53. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
your explantion dosent seem to make sense jibberish
but must say you are funny though Darkkjedii, you make me laugh
some of your posts makes me laugh your a funny guy and kind and smart aswell as matured