Not so budget: iPhone 5C to cost $400-500, fit between iPhone 5S and 4S in Apple's lineup

Not so budget: iPhone 5C to cost $400-500, fit between iPhone 5S and 4S in Apple's lineup
As tends to be the case with the rumor mill, only about 25% of what we hear is accurate, and the other 75% is based on incorrect assumptions generated from trying to fit together all of the misinformation. The idea that Apple would be coming out with a truly budget device always seemed a bit too pie-in-the-sky for us, and if a new report is to be believed, the iPhone 5C won't be so budget after all, and may actually be a replacement for the iPhone 5.

The idea that Apple would release a $200 budget iPhone was one that started because one man (and notorious Apple fanalyst) Gene Munster simply repeated the rumor as many times as he could. The prediction was based on the worst possible idea that Apple needed to have a budget device, so Apple would create said budget device, despite there being little to no evidence that it was going to happen. 

Once we heard about the iPhone 5C, people started connecting the dots with Munster's claims, and here we are. But now, a much more reliable source: KGI's Mingchi Kuo is giving a much more believable story. Kuo says that the iPhone 5C is designed to replace the iPhone 5 on store shelves and in the price lineup, saying:

Additionally, Kuo is saying that we may actually see the iPhone 5C earlier than we thought, because an TDD-LTE version of the device may be headed for China in time for the country's October Golden Holiday, assuming the deal with China's largest carrier, China Mobile, do reach a deal. The iPhone 5C would still launch in Q4 in the U.S. and the rest of the world. 

This new scenario sounds much more plausible to us, because it allows Apple to continue to control its supply chain and costs, while not directly pandering to the low-end (something Apple hates to do), and it allows for a bit of differentiation in devices. With this plan, the three devices that Apple would sell: the iPhone 5S, 5C, and 4S, would all look different, instead of the top two looking exactly the same. And, no doubt Apple can build the 5C more cheaply than the iPhone 5, which helps boost profit margins. 

source: 9to5Mac

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54 Comments

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Apple is the greatest cheater. thats why i hate it.

24. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah iPhone C to replace iPhone 5???? Lol... what does iPhone C got special over iPhone 5 iPhone 5 is beautiful elegant looking phone and iPhone C looks cheap & glossy. Now where is the proud Apple who sells premium looking devices???? they are cutting same branch as they sitting.....lol

51. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

ppl will simply buy the iPhone 4S not the 5C if they r looking for budget iPhones ...

2. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

This is kinda confusing.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Knowing Apple not confusing at all.

21. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Its still kinda confusing....i mean, why discontinue the 5?....unless they're recycling most parts from the 5 to make the 5s. Besides a few (which we've seen pictured), in which case those will go into the 5c so no parts are wasted...but still. Also, I'm curious, I'm sure that iOS 7 won't run well on a 4, so they'll terminate it. However...how's it run on a 4s?...cause i have my doubts... Anyone with a 4s out there install the beta? Hows it looking?

22. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

I have the 4S and will have it until Christmas, so I'll let you know how it runs as soon as I DL it. It won't have all of the features, so it should still run relatively smooth.

25. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

The main thing i'm curious about is the true multitasking....since it only has the 512mb ram, i cant see it handling it that well, unless they're leaving it out too (i'm sure theres a list somewhere). Thanks for the reply.

3. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

How is this plastic toy affordable at 500 when retail for the 5s will be 650. Will fail

7. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Basically what samsung is doing with their plastic toy which is 639, as long as the software provides a good experience, if is cheaper it will sell, remember a lot of people buy on contract so we expect it to be free on contract.

47. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

So sad... Samsung have cheap plastic, YES ! But they have the most modern tech that apple never had in iPhone so you paying for best quality processor, screen, camera, and more...

10. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The sheep will follow the herd.

18. Sauce unregistered

*^Cough cough^* haven't heard that comment before. Baaaaaaa.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

iPhone 5C to replace iPhone 5? Cheap plastic to replace premium metal? You called that a budget iPhone with such price? You're a genius, Apple!

13. pellegrini

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Premium metal that scratches like hell.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

A Rolls Royce is a premium car rite? Takes your keys, run them down the side of it, and tell me what happens.

27. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Haha! Nailed it, bro.

35. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

darkkjedii is your brother and he nailed pellegrini? :D

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, he's just a techie not a blind fanboy, like some are.

39. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No, I mean that quadrazeus have said that you are "bro" and that you have nailed something. :D

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 quad

41. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I can't see making a comparison to aluminum and car paint. Not only that, phones are designed and built to take abuse. Cars getting keyed, no.

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I never said paint, I'm talking about the metal underneath. It will scratch also. Don't be naive, usually you post like a techie

48. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

We both know when someone mentions taking a key to the car, they're talking about trashing the paint job. No one walks up to a car and says "I'm going to mess that aluminum up!" That's obvious and naivety isn't a part of it.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31596; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Go do it

50. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Not the point. As I said earlier, phones are designed to take such damage more than cars are. Cars and phones aren't in the same categories so premium means different things. Keying a phone and keying a car also has totally different connotations. As many times as I've wanted to compare cars to phones, I restrain myself because few, if any, ever make the point that was intended when written. Totally different technology that is used in completely different ways, analogies are better left unwritten more often than not.

5. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

That's Apple for ya. They would sell a toothbrush with an Apple logo for $200.

6. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

So will it replace the iPhone 5 or 5S? (I know its the 5, but the article and title have mistakes...)

8. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

If it's free on a two-year contract people will eat this up.

11. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

not worth it better buy ps4

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