The iPhone 5c Will Disappear In Mid-2015 -- Will It Be Replaced?

We really liked the iPhone 5c, with its bright colours and funky fresh styling. But it won't be around on Apple Store shelves forever. The iPhone 5c is going away in the middle of 2015, but Apple may well choose to exit that low end of the smartphone race to focus on the iPhone 6 and future premium models.

Macrumours reports a statement from the Industrial and Commercial Times in Taiwan that says Apple is planning to wind down and discontinue production of the iPhone 5c in the middle of next year. That would mean the 5c would disappear off its current spot at the extreme low end of Apple's iPhone lineup, where it's only available as an 8GB model for $529.

If you think about it rationally, that shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, since the iPhone 5c was announced in September of 2013. On Apple's semi-regular yearly iPhone release cycle, we've seen iPhones disappear after they've been twice superseded, and that would mean the 5c's discontinuation would roughly line up with the announcement of the iPhone 7 — whatever its name — as its second descendant. (The 5c was itself an aberrance in that refresh cycle, though, so that's noteworthy in itself.)

The big question is whether the iPhone 5c will disappear only to be replaced at the bottom of Apple's iPhone lineup with a similarly entry-level specced iPhone 6c, 7c, or whatever it might be called. Merely a month after the 5c's launch, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had cut production orders due to slow demand, and it may turn out that people just aren't interested in a low-end iPhone.

With the 5c gone, there will be a different iPhone at the bottom of the pile, but we think it's likely to be the iPhone 6 — still at its premium price, and still with premium features like TouchID — absolutely crucial to Apple's wildly successful but still nascent foray into Apple Pay. [Macrumours]


Comments

    People don't want an 8GB iphone with no expandable memory. I just can't see how it ever could have been successful for those specs and that price. Less than $200 maybe .....

    i never understood these devices, 8GB, no expandable memory, high price tag and that the colour on the back was normally covered up with a case to protect the thing

    I really like the 5C. I hope it's replaced by something similar. Not everyone needs a high-performing phone. I don't run games or social media, for example. I just like having a cheaper iOS option.

    Plus the white one looks awesome IMO.

    I love my 5C. Let's face it - I never go for the latest latest iPhone in the product cycle anyway - I got the 5C when the 6 came out, upgrading from my 4S.

    It's cheap, it's cheerful, and it's better than the 4S, so who cares if it's not the latest ? Mind you I'm also the kind of guy who only got a DSLR earlier this year, and paid all of $200 for it on ebay (Sony Alpha A330 10.2 MP) ... soooo yeah.

    I love my gadgets, but I value saving money over necessarily having the 'latest and greatest'.

    Having twins while being the only 'breadwinner' will have something to do with that thrifty outlook too ;)

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