While originally, the Apple iPhone 5C was seen as a new budget model that would replace the free Apple iPhone 4 in Apple's line up, the truth was that the iPhone 5C replaced the Apple iPhone 5 and the Apple iPhone 4S slid into the budget slot. While the price of the Apple iPhone 5C on contract is $99, off contract it is $549 which hardly competes with the $150 off-contract price of the Nokia Lumia 520. Once Apple announced the off-contract price of its plastic iPhone 5C, sellers came into the market. If Apple was hoping that the new model would allow them to compete in India and Africa, they can put that to rest now, according to Wall Street analysts. "While (the Apple iPhone 5C pricing) might not matter in North America and Europe, it matters in emerging markets, which is what everybody, including me, thought they were really going to be targeting aggressively," said Wedge Partner analyst Brian Blair. "It just feels like they should have been more aggressive."
Apple's shares peaked at $705 last September 21st, the day the Apple iPhone 5 launched. Since then, the Apple Maps debacle, fierce competition with Samsung, and worries that Apple was no longer innovative, have left their mark on the stock which closed Tuesday at $495. If the shares peaked when the Apple iPhone 5 was released, will this year's launch mark a bottom?