With low-cost Apple iPhone 5C in the works, Apple iPhone 4 still sells well globally

With low-cost Apple iPhone 5C in the works, Apple iPhone 4 still sells well globally
A picture showing a number of plastic packaging containers with the name iPhone 5C printed on the side has everyone thinking that they have found the actual name of the low-cost version of the iPhone. For some time now, the device was dubbed the Apple iPhone Lite. Whatever the model is called, it is expected to be sent into emerging markets as an attempt to pry business away from entry-level handsets like the Nokia Lumia 520. But it is not like Apple doesn't have a model now that competes in that niche. The Apple iPhone 4, first launched in 2010, is currently considered the entry-level model of Apple's smartphone line and according to the Wall Street Journal, is still selling quite well.

According to analysts, the Apple iPhone 4 played a huge part in the larger than expected 31.2 million iPhones that were sold during Apple's fiscal third quarter. Wall Street had been looking for Apple to report sales of 26.5 million units. Apple did acknowledge that the Apple iPhone 5 was its best seller, which you would expect. But the Cupertino based tech titan did agree with Wall Street that iPhone 4 sales played a big role in the reported sales figures. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a conference call following Apple's earnings announcement last week, that the company wants the iPhone 4 to act like a magnet to attract first time smartphone users. "We want to attract as many of these buyers as we can," said the executive.

Apple has started to push out the Apple iPhone 4 to countries like India. Between April and June, Apple shipped out 205,000 units of its iconic smartphone to the country which was up nearly 300% from last year and 41% sequentially. According to Cook, "India was up over 400%." Apple also started a promotion in India that allows users of another smartphone to trade it in to Apple and get as much as a 7000 Rupee ($117 USD) discount on the purchase of an Apple iPhone 4.

In the U.S., the Apple iPhone 4 is free with a signed two-year contract. But the new Apple iPhone 5C, if indeed that is what the low-priced phone will be called, should replace that model with the Apple iPhone 5 becoming the new mid-range offering. The Apple iPhone 5S or Apple iPhone 6 will be the new premium smartphone produced by the manufacturer.

source: WSJ

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1. mi55u unregistered

stupid consumer

17. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Stupid consumer that bought S4 then realize that there's a MILLION Samsung brand under S4 name perhaps Samsung soon will release a Microwave under galaxy S4 Microwave Lol.

2. MirOsamahAli

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I think 4 and 4S had the best model redesigns, 5 just didn't pull it off.

6. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I can see if the iPhone was around for like 12 years. Considering it is barely 7 years old. I understand why apple failed in the design department. For one the android market was sped up by competitive "instigator" (I use that term as an inside joke) Samsung. So big screens were coming in when apple went about making "quality" screens. Most of the people here are techies anyways so they want top of the line specs on an OS that doesn't necessarily require it. Even at this point, android needs a dual core processor and a beefy GPU to get the job done. We'll just wait and see what apple has in store next... I personally don't have high hopes (never have high hopes when it comes to the mobile market).

3. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

5C for "cheap"?! Nah, too obvious. :-)

4. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Oops, didn't notice the earlier post with all the similar comments. Doh!

7. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I would have thought they'd call it the iPhone 5A or something...A for affordable...Cheap in the same sentence with apple doesn't cut it. lol

18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

No, it should be 5P, P for Plastic... Oh, where is i? iPlastic, correct... isn't it???


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

That's a horrid thing to say, 5C in not for "cheap", 5C is for "Crap" as in more iCrap ..... ooooooh, sCanky!!

10. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Awe, online tantrums...

5. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

The more I read about this, the more I think Apple is going to do something completely different than what is being posted. While the 5 was absolutely no secret, the stories about this phone are all over the place. Best to wait and see.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looking forward to seeing what apple actually unveils this fall. So far iOS 7 looks very nice, and the leaked iPhone is nice looking as well.

11. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

too bad ios 7 looks dumb

12. mattmasi303

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

LOL Apple cant keep their reputation for being the rich persons choice of phone and they need to market to the budget friendly market? Wow they picked up on that a good 6 years late. I guess they just finally felt bad for making the people with less money, buy a whole generation or 2 old iphone. Or! they are losing money by still producing 4 and 4S along with a iphone 5, so less just sell a iphone 5 with cheap spec, and bam, we make more money... typical apple

13. ilia1986 unregistered

The 4 was the last iOS product which actually innovated - with the retina display. Siri was bought, and the 5 is about as innovative as maple sauce lol. Maybe I should include the retina ipad as well but meh.

14. iushnt

Posts: 3152; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

siri was not from 4 but 4S

15. ilia1986 unregistered

that's what I meant

16. Just.Me

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

How does iron man charge his Suit ? By zapping it with the deadly electricity from his i phone, what else. i mean he threw his chest thingy in the ocaen right

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