Apple iPhone 5c rises from the dead, outsells Android flagships, Windows Phone and more in Q4?

Apple iPhone 5c rises from the dead, outsells Android flagships, Windows Phone and more in Q4?
According to sales numbers computed by multiple sources, the Apple iPhone 5c sold 12.8 million units in the fourth quarter of last year. Apple sold 51 million iPhones in that three month period, a mere 4 million behind expectations which resulted in the stock getting spanked. But based on these same sources, the Apple iPhone 5s sold 31.9 million units with 6.4 million attributed to the Apple iPhone 4s.

The number of Nokia Lumia handsets sold in the same period was 8.2 million. Considering that the Finnish handset manufacturer accounts for 90% of Windows Phone sales, it would seem that the iPhone 5c topped Windows Phone sales in that quarter. And with BlackBerry ringing up 6 million units in the period, the plastic iPhone 5c sold more than twice as many units as BlackBerry did.

About 9 million Samsung Galaxy S4 models are believed to have been sold in the fourth quarter, and even if you throw in the 2.3 million units of the LG G2 that found an owner for a bit more than a quarter, it would seem that the iPhone 5c outsold the pair of flagship Android handsets during the last three months of the year both separately and combined. (We should note that the LG G2 might have sold close to 3 million phones during the period in question)

While the numbers are interesting, let's keep in mind that this did all take place in the holiday quarter when the iPhone 5c was discounted, and the device might have found its way under a lot of trees on December 25th. We also have passed along to you a recent report showing that iPhone 5c inventories now total about 3 million units. According to that report, 2 million of those phones are collecting dust at Pegatron while another million sit on carriers' shelves.

Taking everything into account, and assuming that the numbers are correct, it is quite a showing for a phone that many had called a failure. But before the folks in Cupertino dump Gatorade over Tim Cook, a report last month says that Apple will be removing the iPhone 5c from its lineup, and replacing it with a version of the Apple iPhone 5s (with a chassis made from a cheaper material) once the next-gen models are released. As you know, it is expected that Apple will be launching an Apple iPhone 6 with a screen-size expected to be 4.7 inches, followed by a iPhone phablet with a screen-size of about 5.5 inches.

Thanks for the tip, Sauce!

source: AppleInsider

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  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ummm. What about sales of the iP4? Apple was forced to re-start production of the iP4 due to lack of demand for Apple's higher priced offerings in developing markets. I doubt that 12 million 5Cs were sold last quarter. Apple could quiet the speculation by releasing sales stats by model.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Second hand iPhone 5 is way better than this colorful overpriced iCrap. Yeah, they are selling iP4/4s here in India again.

30. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

who and why on earth did these weird users by an iphone5c... holy moly even the ip5, ip4s is much better, cheap ugky plastic 12m ip5c your much better of with the ip5 which is the same price, man these sad apple users and buyers, no wonder there called the S word...

35. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Could it be that the iPhone 5 is discontinued and no longer available at carriers? Also the iPhone 5c has better components than the 4s, which is 2 generations old now, so I could see why more ppl would have chosen the 5c over the 4s. I personally upgraded my 5 to the 5S just this past friday. Ive seen several 5c's out in the wild. They are an iPhone 5, just with a plastic back instead of aluminum. To each their own, its their money to spend so no need to be concerned about it. If you are going by build material, then would you say the same of samsung phones, or nokia phones? They are plastic as well, or only cause it is Apple?

86. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

+ 1 to ecmedic4, and some prefer the colorful back in an iphone.. teenage girls, and young adult girls find it cute....

31. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

First you have to realize that this is an Alanized article STRAIGHT from AppleInsider so image the amount of fanboy piled on top of fanboy. Second you have to realize that for the iPhone crowd, you have a lot of hype in the 4th quarter, sales after that quarter determine the longevity of the device. The population is probably just now realizing that the 5c is not worth buy even after discounts. So now they are sitting in the warehouses instead of on "release" where you have hype and marketing supporting your sales. The iPhone 4s sold more units than the 5c in its respective quarter last year, so that wasn't compared here, but someone has to try to drive 5c sales (and on PA that is Alan).

37. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Um no, it is simply what it is. Thats how many iPhone 5C's were sold, its not fanboy speculation. The iPhone 5C is simply an iPhone 5 with a plastic back instead of aluminum, and the iPhone 5 is no slouch in the performance department, i have one, and just upgraded to the iPhone 5S this past friday. Nothing wrong with my 5, i just decided i am gonna get each edition now instead of every other. I don't expect much of a comment from a known Apple hater on here though, and i don't see much of a comment from what i just read from you. I know a few ppl that have recently bought a 5C, so its still selling, how much remains to be seen after the first quarter results are out, which we will just have to wait and see.

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Enjoy your purchase bro. Your money your choice.

49. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Am enjoying the heck out of it. I decided I'm gonna upgrade to each new iPhone instead of skipping and getting every other 1. The iPhone is what i prefer and it suits my needs and i like it, thats what matters. I don't go buy specs like some ppl, like one i checked down below toward the bottom. I enjoy the ecosystem, the smooth operation, the seamless integration/syncing with my other Apple products, the ease of use, so far great battery life with my usage. Its just an all around great phone. Its not for everyone sure, but no single phone is for everyone. I have no qualms with other phones, could careless what other ppl use since its NOT MY CONCERN, and i don't try to make it my concern like some other ppl like to do on this site. Long as they are satisfied with what they bought then great for them. There are lots of excellent Android and WP devices out there, i just prefer the iPhone. Guess I'm not simple minded like a troll though.

54. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's exactly how I am. I simply love the way my iPhone works, while appreciating what others bring also. It'll continue to be my go to device. Great device.

78. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Thumps up for you :) Windows Phone is what i need and iOS and Android are good operating systems, but i prefer WP :) glad you aren't close minded :)

83. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

WP is intriguing, and it has lots of room to grow and mature well. I hope it does grow, as more choices are better than less choices and it drives competition which is good for consumers. Glad you enjoy it, as long as it suits your needs then thats all that matters, not what trolls/haters say.

87. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

finally some non-geeky comment who brags about specs looks price ratio, instead how the phone suits better with him. i like android, because of there's so much apps that are free, but i find it complicated for my average intellect in tech, i want iOS for it simple interface, user friendly, that's why they find it "perfect" for an average user what makes me not owning an iphone is because of its expensive and there's not alot of free apps. i want WP, because i don't know about it, and i want to know if its really great to use as WP users claim, what bugs me down is there are not lot of free apps or there no good apps at all, and lumia's design are getting boring also, they need to rethink their design...

32. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Apple was still 4 million behind their expected number. That could explain why they restarted iP4 production. Just because it may have outsold a lot of devices doesn't mean it wasn't a failure. Tim Cook himself expressed dismay at its sales.

70. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

There are a lot of teens who bought 5C. I have seen so many kids at my school but to be honest, I prefer 5 over 5C.

75. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Teen or adult, money is green.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

No matter what, the iPhone 5c is not worth buying at all. I don't care about the sales it got, I only care about the price which is awfully overpriced for a phone like this while you can get better phones out there (even the iPhone 5).

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

To be honest, I'm not surprised at all. The average consumer won't care/know about its specs. And there only 3 iPhones (5S, 5C & 4S), so someone who wants an iPhone has 3 options. There much more Android/WP8 flagships to choose from (e.g. N5, S4, Note 3, One, One Max, G2, Z1, ZU, X, 1020, 1520, Find 5, N1). And those are just the flagships, there are countless low and mid ranges phones.

3. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Well, why not? The 5c made it possible for more people than ever to have the latest device from the "greatest" company. I wouldn't be all that surprised seeing as the midrange is apparently the real volume. Samsung already pointed that out recently.

56. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

This is not a mid range phone, not as far as price goes. It's priced at nearly flagship level. People who buy the 5c are very sorely misinformed consumers. You'd be better off spending a little extra on the 5s. Apple doesn't know what "mid range" means.

59. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

You guys really need to chill a bit. This phone is priced just like all the other iPhones Apple has released. Its last years model that gets knocked down to $99 on contract and the year before it gets knocked down to free. Nothing has changed I don't understand all the commotion

64. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

so apple charge 100 dollars for cheap aluminium which cost the same to buy plastic no wonder they rip off the public and make so much profit selling a midrange device and then charge u full highend price

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

So what if it is plastic. It still has fruit logo

7. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

This is baffling.

8. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I really like these ip5c articles and comments, the phone is really good and its an option for those who want a sportier and colorful apple.

9. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Sounds fake to me android and windows phone are much more better than 5c and 5s Even 5c were 3 million in stock n no one is looking to buy n suddenly this?? 100% fake

12. Sauce unregistered

You seem upset.

39. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Yes its all just a conspiracy to trouble you Apple haters. You caught them. Seriously, do you really believe what your typing? You might think android and windows phones are better than the 5S and 5C, but millions of other ppl think differently, and thats what matters. Everyone has difference opinions and preferences, and millions of ppl have a preference for the iPhone, me included. I just upgraded my iPhone 5 to the 5S this past friday, and for me and millions of others, the iPhone suits our needs fine and we are obviously happy with our purchase, and we think its a great phone. Long as a person is happy with the money they spent, then thats what matters, not wether YOU think something else its better. There are lots of great Android and WP devices, i agree, but they aren't for everyone, and more choices are better than less choices. No phone is perfect for everyone, and while the iPhone isn't perfect for you, it is for millions of other ppl that buy one and are happy with it. Anyway, you can call it fake all you want, but i hope your not too butt hurt that the iPhone 5S and 5C sold as many as they did, cause i think the ppl that come up with these numbers know a lot better how many sold than you do, considering its what they do everyday cause its their job to know. But please, continue with your conspiracy theories. Whatever helps you sleep at night.

10. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

LOL .. There's actually no surprise .. Android may be currently leading in market share but we all know it's because of the sales of lower and mid-ranged smartphones since most of people are not that rich. In high end smartphones, Apple clearly beats all those manufactures out there. The only manufacture that can compete Apple is Samsung and they're still far away from Apple's success. People will brainwashedly purchase whatever products with Apple logo since they believe Apple logo means expensive and superior than any others. They are willing to pay extra money for over priced products with Apple logo. I don't know about other countries but at least in my country it happens like this. 8 out of 10 people here have Android phones but if you ask them to choose between Apple and others, 90% will choose Apple and they will tell you that they purchased Android because they couldn't afford Apple products. Although I can afford any Apple's products, I personally prefer Android and believe iOS is crap. However, not everyone is like me tech-geeks. Most of them don't give a sh*t about tech,freedom,patents troll bla bla bla. They just want phone that's cool and works. That's all.

62. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very good post +1

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