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With low-cost Apple iPhone 5C in the works, Apple iPhone 4 still sells well globally

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With low-cost Apple iPhone 5C in the works, Apple iPhone 4 still sells well globally
A picture showing a number of plastic packaging containers with the name iPhone 5C printed on the side has everyone thinking that they have found the actual name of the low-cost version of the iPhone. For some time now, the device was dubbed the Apple iPhone Lite. Whatever the model is called, it is expected to be sent into emerging markets as an attempt to pry business away from entry-level handsets like the Nokia Lumia 520. But it is not like Apple doesn't have a model now that competes in that niche. The Apple iPhone 4, first launched in 2010, is currently considered the entry-level model of Apple's smartphone line and according to the Wall Street Journal, is still selling quite well.

According to analysts, the Apple iPhone 4 played a huge part in the larger than expected 31.2 million iPhones that were sold during Apple's fiscal third quarter. Wall Street had been looking for Apple to report sales of 26.5 million units. Apple did acknowledge that the Apple iPhone 5 was its best seller, which you would expect. But the Cupertino based tech titan did agree with Wall Street that iPhone 4 sales played a big role in the reported sales figures. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a conference call following Apple's earnings announcement last week, that the company wants the iPhone 4 to act like a magnet to attract first time smartphone users. "We want to attract as many of these buyers as we can," said the executive.

Apple has started to push out the Apple iPhone 4 to countries like India. Between April and June, Apple shipped out 205,000 units of its iconic smartphone to the country which was up nearly 300% from last year and 41% sequentially. According to Cook, "India was up over 400%." Apple also started a promotion in India that allows users of another smartphone to trade it in to Apple and get as much as a 7000 Rupee ($117 USD) discount on the purchase of an Apple iPhone 4.

In the U.S., the Apple iPhone 4 is free with a signed two-year contract. But the new Apple iPhone 5C, if indeed that is what the low-priced phone will be called, should replace that model with the Apple iPhone 5 becoming the new mid-range offering. The Apple iPhone 5S or Apple iPhone 6 will be the new premium smartphone produced by the manufacturer.

source: WSJ

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posted on 28 Jul 2013, 19:35 12

1. mi55u (unregistered)


stupid consumer

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 03:03 1

17. Trex95 (Posts: 571; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Stupid consumer that bought S4 then realize that there's a MILLION Samsung brand under S4 name perhaps Samsung soon will release a Microwave under galaxy S4 Microwave Lol.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 19:39 3

2. MirOsamahAli (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I think 4 and 4S had the best model redesigns, 5 just didn't pull it off.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 20:21 2

6. Birds (Posts: 1022; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I can see if the iPhone was around for like 12 years. Considering it is barely 7 years old. I understand why apple failed in the design department. For one the android market was sped up by competitive "instigator" (I use that term as an inside joke) Samsung. So big screens were coming in when apple went about making "quality" screens. Most of the people here are techies anyways so they want top of the line specs on an OS that doesn't necessarily require it. Even at this point, android needs a dual core processor and a beefy GPU to get the job done.

We'll just wait and see what apple has in store next... I personally don't have high hopes (never have high hopes when it comes to the mobile market).

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 19:42 8

3. tbacba (Posts: 62; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


5C for "cheap"?! Nah, too obvious. :-)

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 19:45

4. tbacba (Posts: 62; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Oops, didn't notice the earlier post with all the similar comments. Doh!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 20:25 1

7. Birds (Posts: 1022; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I would have thought they'd call it the iPhone 5A or something...A for affordable...Cheap in the same sentence with apple doesn't cut it. lol

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 04:54

18. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2800; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


No, it should be 5P, P for Plastic... Oh, where is i? iPlastic, correct... isn't it???

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 21:04 10

8. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


That's a horrid thing to say, 5C in not for "cheap", 5C is for "Crap" as in more iCrap ..... ooooooh, sCanky!!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 21:36 1

10. Birds (Posts: 1022; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Awe, online tantrums...

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 19:56

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


The more I read about this, the more I think Apple is going to do something completely different than what is being posted. While the 5 was absolutely no secret, the stories about this phone are all over the place. Best to wait and see.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 21:28 2

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Looking forward to seeing what apple actually unveils this fall. So far iOS 7 looks very nice, and the leaked iPhone is nice looking as well.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 23:16 7

11. trustory (Posts: 114; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


too bad ios 7 looks dumb

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 00:02 1

12. mattmasi303 (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


LOL Apple cant keep their reputation for being the rich persons choice of phone and they need to market to the budget friendly market? Wow they picked up on that a good 6 years late. I guess they just finally felt bad for making the people with less money, buy a whole generation or 2 old iphone. Or! they are losing money by still producing 4 and 4S along with a iphone 5, so less just sell a iphone 5 with cheap spec, and bam, we make more money... typical apple

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 00:09 1

13. ilia1986 (unregistered)


The 4 was the last iOS product which actually innovated - with the retina display.

Siri was bought, and the 5 is about as innovative as maple sauce lol.

Maybe I should include the retina ipad as well but meh.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 00:39

14. iushnt (Posts: 728; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


siri was not from 4 but 4S

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 02:06

15. ilia1986 (unregistered)


that's what I meant

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 02:22

16. Just.Me (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)


How does iron man charge his Suit ?

By zapping it with the deadly electricity from his i phone, what else. i mean he threw his chest thingy in the ocaen right

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