Apple to discontinue iPhone 5 as soon as it launches iPhone 5S?

Apple to discontinue iPhone 5 as soon as it launches iPhone 5S?
Apple might have a groundbreaking change coming in its iPhone sales model. Instead of just cutting the price of the last year's model, this time it might altogether discontinue the iPhone 5 as soon as it starts selling the new iPhone 5S, according to Chinese CTech. The rumor finds plenty of logical reason in the latest Apple financial results where older iPhone models ate into sales of the latest iPhone 5 and this reduced the company's profit margins.

The tactic would not only allow Apple to sell more of its iPhone 5S, but also of the new plastic iPhone Lite, also referred to as the 'affordable iPhone'.

Right now, all this is merely a speculation that may or may not happen. Against it goes the notion of Apple being a well-oiled machine that functions good, yielding solid billion dollar profits each quarter, even in the last one with its disappointing results in iPad sales and in the Chinese market.

What's your take on this, how likely is this rumor to come true?

source: Weibo

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63 Comments

1. Kurai unregistered

Why not discontinue the whole iphone lineup?

4. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Sure, let Android run a monopoly - that'll work out for everyone. Got any other genius ideas?

15. Kurai unregistered

Sure, android running a monopoly isn't a bad idea at all. Unlike ios, android devices are made from different companies, so prices will not be affected. It will be a matter of how they will present the devices.

19. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Are you for real? Before I go off on a rant about competition and monopoly, I want to know if you're honestly serious, or just pushing buttons.

25. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

What scares me is I think he's serious.

26. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

In which case, I don't think he's worth an intellectual rant. There's no arguing with fanboys.

31. Kurai unregistered

i didn't even mention android in the first place. And now you're saying i'm a fanboy? you assumed that i'm an android fanboy because of the prifile picture isn't it?

32. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Or the fact that you said and the iPhone line up. Sorry to break it to Ya but the iPhone is good for the industry.

49. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

good as in good for china right? yes the trend is finally manufacturing in the us but how has apple been good for the us?

34. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

You didn't directly bring it up, but you agreed that "Sure, android running a monopoly isn't a bad idea at all." Only an Android fanboy would claim an Android monopoly is good for the industry. Rooted in the belief that what's good for him is good for all.

33. duder52

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

what monopoly? Windows, blackberry, ubuntu and firefox don't count?

35. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Are you serious right now? All 4 of those platform don't equal 10% of the market. Two of them don't equal .1%

36. Kurai unregistered

And by the way, Apple is the one monopolizing brainwashed fanboys here not android lol

37. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, pot. Just because you don't like iOS doesn't make everyone who uses it a brainwashed fanboy/sheep. Some people choose iOS simply because they like it best. That's about as far from a monopoly as I can think of.

41. thequota

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

most people who say they like apple can never give a valid reason other than oh well its a iphone.,,

38. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Most people who like iOS like it because it the easiest to use. No one is brainwashed beside you troll.

50. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

easiest to use for whom? easy people easy people who need a leash to understand where to go next? well sorry to spill the bad news. ios is horrible to multi taskers and customization and no changing cases or the color isn't what i refer to as customization

59. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

"ios is horrible to multi taskers and customization" That's not a leash, it's a specialty. The fact that Android phones from LG and Samsung have a "Starter Mode" tells me there are more "easy people" out there than you realize. Not everyone is a multitasker/power user. ETA: PhoneArena, please fix your banned words list. "leash, it's" is not a four-letter word.

46. duder52

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

One falls, another rises to take it's place. Symbian, meet ios. iOS meet any of the 4 previously mentioned. That's how it works.

6. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Haters need something to feed.

8. Dastrix unregistered

Because you're not the CEO; Tim Cook is.

10. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

because then apple has to lower the iP5 and will get lower margin and cheap iPhone cannibalizes the costly ones just as what ipod was done by ipad and now ipad mini is doing to ipad

2. SakuroAkino

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

That means there will be no difference in 5s and 5...thats y they will take this move

9. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Who needs the S model then, just increase the number annually.

39. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

They will do this bcuz if they sell the iphone 5 they have to reduce its price ...ppl will buy the 5 rather than the 5S (Since every 1 knows this 2 will be the same thing).....so this will result in low revenue ..... F**K you apple !!! give ppl choices !! or go rot in the dumpster in a few years...

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Apple has tended to want to offer 3 entry points - high, medium and low. If they discontinue the last years model, they are left with only 2 - high and low. I doubt they will do that, as cutting out the middle tier gives a further incentive to a customer to go shopping elsewhere.

5. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

I disagree. Their fans are so loyal I don't think they have to worry about anyone going elsewhere. The fans are going to get the 5S as planned. If this is too expensive, they'll get the lite. It's actually a quite brilliant plan.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is not about the fans - they are going to buy the latest and greatest. The middle tier is targeted at the Android/WP/BB owner who doesn't want to drop $200 for a new phone. There are plenty of good options from Android in the $100 range - even the GS IV might be available at that price when the iP5S finally ships....

24. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

Your completely wrong on that one. I work for an ATT retail store and we sell tons more of the iphone 4 and the 4s then the 5. Most people do not want to drop 200 for a phone and they opt for the .99 4 and the 100 4s since there is not much of a difference between the iPhones

28. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Thank you for making my point - that there is a viable $100 market. The $100 market is presently served by the 1 year old model. The iPlite is probably targeted at the $1 market.

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