Apple iPhone 5c expected to be discontinued in 2015

Apple iPhone 5c expected to be discontinued in 2015
Apple’s current iPhone line-up includes fours models: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c - and we all know that the 5c is significantly different from the rest. 

Released in September 2013, at the same time with the 5s, the iPhone 5c is made out of plastic (polycarbonate) instead of metal, and is the cheapest and less advanced iPhone available now.

According to Taiwanese publication Industrial and Commercial Times, Apple plans to stop producing the iPhone 5c in mid-2015. That certainly makes sense, not just because the 5c is the least popular iPhone model right now, but also because Apple will introduce at least one new iPhone in the second half of 2015. With the iPhone 5c gone, all models from next year’s line-up will feature Touch ID and metal designs.

At the moment, Apple is offering the iPhone 5c (8GB) for free on contract, or for $450 unlocked. The 5c is the only iPhone ever to be available in five color versions: white, pink, yellow, blue, and green. Will anyone be sad to see it walking off into the sunset?

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iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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31 Comments

1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

At least it lived for more than a year. Unlike the iPad3 which only live for 5months after the surprise announcement of the iPad4 in 2012.

23. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

The reasons I see why the iPhone 5C was created: CATCH UP and COPY. It was a nice risk though trying to copy Samsung's design philosophy.

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Good. It was a failed experiment to provide a plastic version anyway. Apple is just too greedy to let go of their profit margins to make the iPhone cheaper.

9. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

How do you define a "failed experiment" ? What has failed on the 5C ? Apple made it because the aluminium unibody construction wasn't scaling well to lower price-points at that time simple as that.

22. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

and it's still expensive, so what your point? i'd rather go for iPhone 5 for about same price here in Indonesia.

18. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

What are you talking about? It just the normal phase-out cycle like whats hapenned with iphone, iphone 3g, iphone 3gs, iphone 4, iphone 4s, and now this. I didn't mention iphone 5 because i don't consider it to have been retired, it was just dressed differently in the form of iphone 5c. So its really not a big deal, the move is right on schedule.

3. Mena13Suvari

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

I actually really likes this 5C, awesome colors. Too bad it was almost the same price as 5S, Apple failed really hard with this one.

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Oh gosh.. I really hated the look of those devices. I hate that glossy plastic feel. It was a failed experiment.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Well, soon as supplies/stock wear out.

5. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

No body cares about cheap build quality iPhone 5c since their software & OS is already buggy so why to get cheap build quality also. Continue milking you sheeps Apple!

6. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Lol, $450 unlocked, for what?

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah lol.. I'll pay maximum of 250 dollar for that phone.

11. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

10. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I heard a rumor that iPhone 5S is going to be discontinued in 2016 and iPhone 6 in 2017....

12. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

And even that iPhone 6S is going to be discontinued in 2018 !

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22218; Member since: May 28, 2014

Good riddance to this sub-par, POS. The price tag was far too high. But the build quality is still better than the 6/6+.

14. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Wow. Look. It's Mr. i'mnotagenius making negative comments about another company's product. Glass House Genius! BTW, I'm up 28 points on my Apple stock. You should have dumped your Blackberry stock and brought Apple while it was in the $90 range. Now that would have been Genius. You can't spend loyalty on Black Friday. Apple will sell more iPhone 5C's than Blackberry will sell Passport by millions. Not living up to Apple's expectations is a home run for every other company. Just saying.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22218; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't give a s**t about what stock you own, or how high it's up. And I definitely don't need stock in Apple to spend money on black Friday, Kindledoofus. I also don't care about 5C sales. It's an overpriced POS. Sales won't change that.

21. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

so you buy phones after seeking their stock prices??? Can't expect a more logical answer from a true sheep.

24. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I buy stock in companies I think will make me the most profits. Why? Because I like making money. The same way Apple makes products that they think people will want to buy by the hundreds of millions. Clearly Apple understands their customer base as they sit on over $150 BILLION DOLLARS of profits. In case you forget, Apple is a business.

15. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The iPhone 5C was selling better than galaxy S4 last year and about as well as galaxy S5 this year. It's the most affordable iPhone, ever. And It's funny how you hatters contradict each other just to find an even more ridicoulous way of attacking Apple.

16. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

You know nothing about S4 and S5 sales. The problem with 5c is the hardware which is basically the same with ip5. So next year will be retired. My daughter have an ip5c and I can tell you it is a "nothing to say about it" phone.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22218; Member since: May 28, 2014

"It's the most affordable iPhone ever". And it's still an overpriced POS. And where was any contradiction made? Stop making up stories.

26. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Clearly Mr. I'mnotagenius does not understand Business 101. Make a product that people want to buy. Then sell as many of that product as possible. Hopefully at full price. Which Apple does by the hundreds of millions. Which = Profits. If you did understand that, you would not own Blackberry stock. You would own Apple stock instead. Like most people I buy stock in companies I think will make me the most money. There is no shame in making money. Any Real Genius knows that. That's the main difference between Blackberry and Apple. People want and will buy Apple products buy the hundreds of millions yearly. That's a fact that does not need a link to support it. Mr. I'mnotagenius I just play one on Phone Arena comments.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22218; Member since: May 28, 2014

So because I believe the iPhone 5c is an overpriced POS means I don't understand "business 101"? You're even more of an idiot than I thought, Kindledoofus. I don't need to own stock to make money. I run a multi-million dollar business and am paid quite handsomely for my work. And I don't care how much profit Apple brings in, it still doesn't change my train of thought: The iPhone 5c is an overpriced POS. And considering how much money Apple still makes regardless of it releasing horrible software on a phone with crappy build quality just shows you that some people are s***p that will buy anything once led in that direction. And you're one of them. Baaaaaaaaaaaa! Mr. Kindlemindlesssh**pdoofus because that's what I am on Phonearena comments and in real life.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31290; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's what they do bro, as if it's gonna make an impact lol. They do it for those green thumbs, makes em feel important :D

28. g2a5b0e unregistered

I definitely agree with you on the last part. The build quality of the 5c is quite excellent. Feels extremely solid & great in the hand. Reminds me a bit of Nokia in that regard. I'm always impressed when I pick someone's up.

17. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

No surprise - this was the time to discontinue it anyway, in keeping with the regular cycle.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31290; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Best feeling, and most comfortable phone I ever held.

27. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

The 5C came, saw, and conquered.

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