Apple iPhone 5c production cut in half?

Apple iPhone 5c production cut in half?
Seems like we've seen this show before. Last January, week demand for the then flagship Apple iPhone 5 reportedly led Apple to slice production of the device in half. On Friday, a published report out of China said that the Cupertino based tech titan is cutting its daily production of the Apple iPhone 5c by 50% due to "disappointing sales". The number of the plastic mid-range iPhone models coming off the line is now allegedly set at 150,000 a day, cut from the 300,000 a day that previously was being produced daily.

Reports of weak Apple iPhone 5c sales seem to contradict other reports that claim otherwise. For example, Canadian securities house Canaccord Genuity recently said that during September, iPhone 5c sales were strong enough at the four major U.S. carriers to propel the device ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S4 at certain times in the month, good enough for second place. The Apple iPhone 5s was the top selling smartphone among the top four major U.S. carriers during September.

Apple's website seems to confirm the lack of demand for the Apple iPhone 5c. Orders placed online from the site show that they will ship within 24 hours while orders for the Apple iPhone 5s show a shipping date of "October". In addition, China's online shopping site Taobao has seen the price of the iPhone 5c drop from 4488 Yuan ($733 USD) to 3500 Yuan ($572 USD). Still, we need to take this report with a grain of salt until we get a look at Apple's production numbers at the end of the quarter.

source: CTechcn (translated) via Pocketlint

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84 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

why would u even get this if you can get a iphone 5 for cheaper and better materials

2. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You can't, from major carriers anyway. Verizon stopped selling the 5 online the day the 5S and 5C came out. But you are exactly right, why would anyone buy this when it was the same price?

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Frys electronics currently have iPhone 5 16gig for $0, 32gig for $100 and 64gig for $200. You would be a for if you picked a 5c if you have access to a Frys.

18. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

That's cool, at least someone isn't holding out lol

3. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

Coz apple fan think iphn 5c is innovation lol :D

57. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The flock of Apple Fanboys just see: Newer = better. They could release an iPhone that was the shell of an iphone 5 with the parts of a iphone 4 in it and a gimmicky new feature and it would sell better than the 5s did.

67. apploid

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

newsflash! Apple shall re-continue the iP5, and half continue the iP5c

4. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

This was a stupid idea to begin with. I'd much rather find a 5.

65. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It was an ingenious idea, shaft your older design and force everyone who wanted it to either buy shafted phone or move to higher priced same as last year phone. Very lucrative idea when the company knows its followers and their thought process (if there is one).

5. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

It's interesting that no one buys a phone which has a 9 score. Isn't it PA?

22. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

on the other hand, the Note3...

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Selling like hot cakes. :')

7. HASHTAG unregistered

Yep, this is an Alan F. article. *weak

27. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

You need to take his articles "with a grain of salt". Side note...pretty funny how we were presented with a COMPLETELY speculative article projecting 10 MILLION sales of an Iwatch without grains of salt sprinkled on it. However, information regarding production cuts in the ip5c are held in dispute? Gold plated iPhone....sold out. CHEAP iPhone...production cuts. Not only unsurprising, but PREDICTIBLE. Who wants to have the CHEAP phone for VIRTUALLY THE SAME PRICE?

29. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Did you really just say "Gold Plated" iPhone?

38. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Yes, PotDragon did write "gold plated iphone". We can all read his post.

8. jsdechavez

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Apple should just stop making this plastic iPhone. iPhone 5 = best value for money for an expensive Apple product..

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

5S is getting all the action.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

iPhone 5C was the biggest fail from Apple in 10 years. I'll believe 5S sales are strong, but if someone says the 5C is a gift, they're dead wrong.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Really didn't need to be made, shoulda just made the 5s in those colors.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'd actually prefer that they didn't. Champaign gold is classy.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man that one rocks, but the industrial look of the space gray has grown on me.

32. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I like the space grey as well. Side note however. I just read Steve Jobs bio, and I thinks its funny, he hated grey machines for their 'industrial look', that I think is quite nice. He hated a lot of stuff that Apple has done since he passed though. Not trying to pass judgment on whether that's right or wrong for Apple to do, just saying.

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Time to move on from Jobs' restrictions, and forge a new path.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Or why didn't they just do as they had before, and offer the previous year model at a discount? I thought the whole point was that the c model was supposed to be for developing countries, but they were selling for the same price as they were with older models previously. So basically, selling the old model at a discount was a better deal for consumers than the 5c model, which due to cheaper build costs meant higher profit margins for Apple. Should've kept it the way it was.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple went on record as never saying it was for developing countries VSW. I think the 5C was somewhat of an experiment into more coloring. I think next year there won't be C series iPhone, just a flagship, and the 5S as the lower cost option. Rumor has them testing 4.7-5.7 inchers. We'll see...

31. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Complete nonsense Jedi. Complete. You have no clue what models they will release. Or when. Or what size. You did not know the 5c was coming. You have no inside track to rumors. You have no clue. None. Ever single thing you ever wrote regarding your "thinking" has been incorrect, what makes you think you could possibly have any credibility?

36. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

PotDragon, darkkjedii is correct on Apple's position about the 5C. The wall street analysts et al asserted the 5C was for developing countries. Therefore, your comment of "Ever single thing you ever wrote ..." is complete horsesh*t.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ardent thank you +1, Tim cook said himself apple was never planning to or would compete in the low cost sector. He said there's too much room for growth in the high end sector. PotDragon called me out lol, and Timw words can simply be googled. Hey Pot thanx bro. +1

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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