iPhone 5c production halved on account of ‘dismal’ sales?

iPhone 5c production halved on account of ‘dismal’ sales?Right, I can get on board with iPhone 5c, but there’s no way I’m writing iPhone 5s with a lower case ‘s’. “Hey man, did you buy two iPhone 5s?” “Nah, I just bought the iPhone 5s.”

Luckily we’re focusing on the iPhone 5c here, specifically on word from out China way suggesting that production of the plastic-cased phone has been halved.

That’s the story on Chinese-language site C Tech (google translation), which says daily iPhone 5c production has been slashed from 300,000 to 150,000 units on account of “dismal” sales.

The problem, as we’ve heard before, is that the iPhone 5c is only marginally less expensive than the flagship iPhone 5S, with the common theory being that most consumers would logically opt to pay a wee bit more for the full shebang.

Prior to launch, the iPhone 5c was heralded as a “budget iPhone”, with the aim of grabbing muchos market share – in China in particular.

In reality, it’s pretty much an iPhone 5 in a bright plastic case and very slightly enhanced specs.

Needless to say, Apple has declined to comment. The Californians quickly announced that they’d shifted nine million units in the first weekend, but it’s still not clear how that splits between iPhone 5S and iPhone 5c, while there are potentially units still sitting on shelves, yadda yadda yadda.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 12, 2013 at 17:44

We'll know soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon.

Wonder what Irish networks will charge for the 5c/s?

Bonce  Oct. 12, 2013 at 19:51

:D

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 13, 2013 at 00:37

:D
Sorry, by the way! No idea why your posts end up in moderation queue all the time.

JohnnyUtah  Oct. 13, 2013 at 02:06

We'll know soon enough if the networks start pushing offers earlier than usual for a new new Apple release. Last thing they will want is Iphone stock hanging around if the 5c turns into a dead duck.

Stelph  Oct. 13, 2013 at 06:19

What would be more relvant would be to compare the sales of the 5c to the number of sales the 4s was making last year when it was available alongside the the iPhone 5

A lot of tech sites are reporting this that the 5c is a "failure"'but seem to be coming to that ssumption by comparing its sales to the 5S which it is not meant to be comparable to, the 5c is filling the position that the 4s filled last year (ie the budget version of the flagship) so that's the only relevant comparison that should be made

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 13, 2013 at 10:28

Good point, stelph.
And @JohnnyUtah,
US carriers sold the iPhone 5c cheaper right from the start - on contract that is.
I'll reserve 'judgment' (ie my guesses) - until the 5c/s are out here in Ireland. What I DO know is this: even though the new iPhones are due here on the 25th, the 5 and 4 still sell better than most flagships. More I don't know.

Bonce  Oct. 13, 2013 at 13:50

It takes a very big person to admit they were wrong but don't worry.

Probably moderated as what I say is not popular I suspect.

The 4s is out selling the 5c right now also, the 5c won't get anywhere near the 4s sales of last year even though it has been released in more territories. US carriers did not sell it cheap from the start although did make early cuts when they saw how many remained on their shelves. There is even talk now of a fire sale of those 5c's piling up.

But of course I told you all this weeks back, only to be met with a torrent of abuse from some who do not wish to listen. So don't worry about a response I can gather what it will be on here ;)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2013 at 07:31

Hah.
a) We don't moderate posts 'manually' - only after the fact. So, it's either because of your email
address or your IP address?! Or a glitch.

b) My issue 'weeks ago' was that you dished out numbers without sources.

And the 4S outselling the 5c? Ahem, that isn't surprising now, is it?

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2013 at 09:14

Plus one other thing that's been mostly ignored: China's FCC equivalent only now approved the iPhone 5c and 5S for China Mobile - the world's biggest network.
People talk about the "failed launch in China"! LOL It's only beed launched so far on 2 smaller networks. So, sales figures will soon change. Whether CM's subscribers go for the 5S or 5c - or bonce's favourite, the Galaxy Round and Round... who knows.

mrew42  Oct. 14, 2013 at 09:33

It takes a very big person to admit they were wrong but don't worry.

Probably moderated as what I say is not popular I suspect.


If anything it would be because of you overall 'attitude' which IMO sucks regardless of the subject.
Torrent of abuse? grow a spine dear fellow and remember what goes around comes around.

swords  Oct. 14, 2013 at 11:06

The eternal optimists, you just make yourselves look ridiculous the 5c is a dead duck already in particular China. Seems you refuse to accept this reality which is very much in keeping with the agenda of this site.

Still none so blind as those that refuse to see.

mrew42  Oct. 14, 2013 at 11:21

The eternal optimists, you just make yourselves look ridiculous the 5c is a dead duck already in particular China. Seems you refuse to accept this reality which is very much in keeping with the agenda of this site.

Still none so blind as those that refuse to see.


You joined just for that?
Ahh, sweeeeeet!!!

lcurdie / MOD  Oct. 14, 2013 at 11:48

The eternal optimists, you just make yourselves look ridiculous the 5c is a dead duck already in particular China. Seems you refuse to accept this reality which is very much in keeping with the agenda of this site.

Still none so blind as those that refuse to see.


You joined just for that?
Ahh, sweeeeeet!!!


Interesting that apcody said the same thing here, again in the context of iPhone 5c sales.

mrew42  Oct. 14, 2013 at 11:50

Sock puppets - gotta love 'em

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2013 at 11:51

The eternal optimists, you just make yourselves look ridiculous the 5c is a dead duck already in particular China. Seems you refuse to accept this reality which is very much in keeping with the agenda of this site.

Still none so blind as those that refuse to see.


I do not giving a flying f*ck as to how many devices Apple sell. DO YOU understand that?!
This is about the accuracy (or lack thereof) of the various predictions.
Bonce (see above) claimed a couple of weeks ago to have very detailed figures re. sales. No link, no source. THAT is all this is about. My liking or disliking a product has absolutely nothing to do with the overall popularity of said product. Use whatever you want to use.

Having said that: if you think it doesn't matter that only now China Mobile with its 700 million subscribers opened up to the 2 new iPhones, then you have a blind spot.

Personally, I also think the 5c will sell better once the 4-models have been phased out - AS planned.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2013 at 11:58

PS: what gets me with you anti-Apple trolls: where are you when one of your weekly Android flagships launches? You never open yourselves up by telling 'us' what you like or why. It's all about the hatin', right? Lame, sad, cowardly trolls. And so boring

Stelph  Oct. 14, 2013 at 12:22

IThe 4s is out selling the 5c right now also, the 5c won't get anywhere near the 4s sales of last year even though it has been released in more territories.

Do you have sources for those statements?

As I mentioned above, the iPhone 5c and its "success" needs to be compared to the phone it is replacing from the iPhone line up from last year, namely the 4S. If you look at data from last year when it was iPhone 5 > 4s > 4 then the breakdown of sales were approximatly 50% > 30% > 18% which shows that even last year the 3rd tier iPhone still did strongly (almost 1 in 5), so i wouldnt be surprised if it was shown that this year the iPhone 4s is still selling well, but im yet to see anything that suggests the 4s is selling better than the 5c unless you have a source?

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/22/iphone-5-accounts-for-half-of-apples-smartphone-sales-iphone-4s-takes-30

corgi74  Oct. 14, 2013 at 12:32

He did quote a source. The ever reliable Gene 'Apple are definitely releasing a TV this year' Munster.
He couldn't predict the winner in a one horse race.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2013 at 13:14

He did quote a source. The ever reliable Gene 'Apple are definitely releasing a TV this year' Munster.
He couldn't predict the winner in a one horse race.


Oh, yes, you are right. HE DID eventually...

corgi74  Oct. 14, 2013 at 13:38

He did quote a source. The ever reliable Gene 'Apple are definitely releasing a TV this year' Munster.
He couldn't predict the winner in a one horse race.


Oh, yes, you are right. HE DID eventually...


As soon as anyone references Gene Munster you know it's BS.
Take a look at the man's track record. He only gets it right when it's obvious

http://www.pundittracker.com/pundits/profile_calls/gene-munster/archive:1

Thing is when he's wrong it's never his fault.

http://www.businessinsider.com/gene-munster-explains-how-he-blew-the-ipad-estimates-2010-4

corgi74  Oct. 14, 2013 at 19:17

The eternal optimists, you just make yourselves look ridiculous the 5c is a dead duck already in particular China. Seems you refuse to accept this reality which is very much in keeping with the agenda of this site.

Still none so blind as those that refuse to see.


You joined just for that?
Ahh, sweeeeeet!!!


Interesting that apcody said the same thing here, again in the context of iPhone 5c sales.


He's busy trolling iPhone threads on HUKD. I suppose everybody needs a hobby.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/iphone-5c-free-for-31-per-month-asda-phone-shop-walsall-1680168#comments

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