Apple iPhone 5c not expected to impact Android sales

Apple iPhone 5c not expected to impact Android sales
Apple is undoubtedly hoping that its new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be able to help the company push back against the wave of Android devices that are taking over markets around the world, but as yet there haven't been too many experts, or even that many blog pundits who believe that Apple's new products can do that, and the word is no different from DigiTimes' sources.

According to DigiTimes' sources, the problem is the same as what many have said: the price of the iPhone 5c is too high to make a dent in the low or even mid-range markets internationally in regions like China and India, where there simply aren't enough high-end consumers to make that much difference. This will hold true even if/when Apple gets access to China Mobile's 700+ million subscribers. 

When you combine that with the fact that Android manufacturers are expected to follow Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Sony with new flagship devices that will be able to compete with the iPhone in the high-end market. All that adds up to more of the same for Apple, which is certainly not what the company wants to see. 

source: DigiTimes

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  • 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)



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

iPhone 5C is a fail. It's too costly, otherwise overall features are good..Oops I mean same except iPlastic.

4. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

You are esstentially getting the iPhone 5 for less; therefore, the too costly argument is just dumb. The plastic and colors will appeal to teens and women. On't be surprised to see iPod Touch in plastic or / and new line of iPhones in plastic.

9. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

" you are essentially getting the iPhone 5 for less..." ....except its not cheaper than the iPhone 5.....

12. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Except that it is cheaper....

19. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

No, it's not cheaper, you must consider that with the "old" apple policy, you would have been able to buy the 5 at a lower price after the 5c release. This time, though, the iphone 5 will not be available anymore and replaced by the 5c, that is essentially the same phone but heavier, thicker and made of plastic and without the premium design of the flagship. Yet, it will cost MORE than the price aplle usually asks for he previous model. So you pay more twice: first because the price is higher, second because you're forced to buy a mid range model instead of a previous flagship.Anyway, if apple users are fine with this policy, that won't be a problem for apple, but you must realize that apple is fooling you once again.

25. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Assumptions can hurt you. Apple has never stated that the iphone 5C was suppose to be considered a cheap device to compete in emerging markets, those were all rumors. Apple has never promised that the iPhone 5 would cost $99. It's our fault for assuming that releasing a new iPhone automatically constitutes a $100 drop in the previous iPhone. Even a year later, the iPhone 5 has very well kept it's value and as of a few weeks ago, people were still buying it for $199. Even a $129 price tag for the iPhone 5 would have been reasonable. At the end of the day it comes down to supply and demand and not "oh the iPhone 5 has been out for a year so we'll drop it $100"

26. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Oh wow, you're so delusional you're starting to find excuses just to defend Apple trying to rip their consumers off... No, ever since the iPhone3GS was released, this was their pattern, New one comes in at $199, Previous flagship drops to $99 and previous previous flagship is free. That's the way it was for the 3GS, the 4, the 4S and the 5, no assumptions. But now, Apple decided that giving the iPhone 5 at $99, they're not earning enough (as usual), so they come up with the sad excuse for a mid-ranger called the 5C, being sold at the price the 5 should have been sold at, but cheaper to build, simple as that.

44. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I EXPECTED the iPhone 5 to cost $99 as well (and still think it should have). The point is that Apple does not HAVE to sell it at that price. Do you understand that??? Instead of all this whining and complaining about the 5C's price, let the market speak for itself. If people think that the iPhone 5C is overpriced, they will not buy. If they think it isn't, they will. Simple as that. It's for the consumers to decide and not you angry online fanboys to say what should and shouldn't be. I'm pretty interested to see how public reception to the 5C unfolds in the upcoming weeks/months, so far it's actually looking positive. If you guys would take a second to stop thinking about last year's price drop and instead focus on the current lineup and the new potential audience, then your opinions may change. This is obviously not aimed to be moral/altruistic move, but the point is that it COULD be a very good BUSINESS move if the colors attract new iPhone users. They obviously feel that demand for the 5C will be high even at the $99 price point...they're probably right.....

40. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Both of the phones are not on par, nor do they perform as many actions or features as flagship androids, and even some windows phones for that matter. So how is the Device not overpriced? They still do not have HD Screens for crying out loud!!! And they're PPI is still LOWER than most flagship devices out there. I could sell you a Toyota Corolla for the same price as a Lexus IS250, they'll both get you from A to B, but the Corolla is definitely overpriced if it is sold this way. Apple products especially their phones and Tablets are no different.

41. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

"oh the iPhone 5 has been out for a year so we'll drop it $100" policy is exactly what apple has been following for a while now. looks like you have just woken up.... And about the price to spec ratio, all apple devices are overpriced-but if you take into account the "apple tax", $200 for a flagship is fine, as thats what the competition is doing; except that they dont take 1 year to drop their prices from that

45. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

If next year HTC launches the most amazing smartphone yet and offers it at $229 instead of $199, can we get mad? No and that's because the $199 price tag is not a "policy," it's a trend. People will buy the 5C at $99, the question is how many. If demand is high expect the price to hold, if not the price will drop. Simple

20. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

No it's not, if the iPhone 5C didn't exist, then the iPhone 5 would have taken the 2nd slot of the iPhone line which always cost $99. Now, Instead of paying $99 for a so called "premium" metal designed phone, you're getting a "cheap"ly built, crappy looking fisher price toy.

15. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

if you are to choose between i5 and i5C, when it comes to build quality. i5C cannot replace the i5 price wise. Unless you drop the i5C price way down.

16. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

it looks like a toy

22. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Talking abt making a Dent in the Android sales ...It wont even put a Scratch !!!

2. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Is this really a surprise? NO

14. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Even though I too personally dislike the 5C, I still think that millions of people will like a colorful iPhone 5. I know some people who actually WANT the 5C over the iPhone 5 just because they rather have a colorful iPhone. I think we're ignoring the possibility that more people will actually prefer the 5C at $99 than the iPhone 5 at the same price. As far as Im concerned, if Samsung can sell the S4 for $199 (which many days feel terrible), then I don't see a problem with selling a plastic/color phone iPhone 5 (which reviewers say actually feels good in the hand) for $99

43. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

You are comparing "feel in the hand" of a 4 incher to a 5 incher? Where's the comparison? And wont those "millions of people" pay any heed to the features they are getting? Better get some colourful toy then

48. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

"You are comparing "feel in the hand" of a 4 incher to a 5 incher?" Yes. Your point?

3. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

I think most people don't get the concept of the 5c, which is to replace the iphone 5. It is priced the same as the iPhone 5 would be when the 5s comes out at $100, so now instead of getting the 5 if you don't have the $200 to spend on the 5s, you can get the 5c, which has color options, a better battery, and is slightly faster than the 5. The phone really isn't meant to be purchased off contract either, because people looking for a great phone deal aren't looking to spend the money it costs to buy any high end phone at an off-contract price.

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

That makes no sense.....they are same thing..

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah I agree, all the opinion pieces written saying that the iPhone 5c was designed for emerging markets were wrong. Apple was looking at the iPhone 5 not being profitable enough once it was placed into second place so they cheapened it up by using plastic. Now PROFIT. Honestly if it wasn't for its $99 price tag on contract I wouldn't even be considering it for my mother in law. I've had her using Android phones for years and I just think they're too complex for her to understand how to use them to their potential. She needs a smartphone with training wheels.

36. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

How could it be faster when it is the same hardware? Perhaps it is software optimisation but that would come later to iPhone 5 as well. Makes no sense.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

iPhone 5s make more sense as personal purchase option if I getting an iPhone but I set to get note 3 and galaxy gear combo package.


Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

High quality aluminum and glass or fake leather plastic + fake metal ring around the phone which is made of plastic...... Your choice

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

LoL NONE!!!!!

10. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

haha you focus on design in terms of OS and evrything else Note 3 annilates the iPhone!!!!!

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

With how I've seen iPhones in cases come out with pits and scratches I'll take the plastic please... Just like the argument that leather seats are better than cloth, leather is too hot in the summer time and too cold in the winter time... How bout you do what just makes sense and buy cloth... Metal phones look nice new but just like Jaime Rivera says on Pocket now "Brushed aluminum looks beautiful in the beginning but it doesn't age well."

37. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

That's true. Saw my friend's black iPhone 5 which he used for a few months without a case and it is in horrendous condition! I was like, what the hell!

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