Apple discontinues the iPhone 5, 4s remains as free option

By , Sep 10, 2013

iPhone 5 at Apple Store

It looks like Ming-Chi Kuo was right. The KGI Securities analyst predicted, as did a few others, that Apple would be discontinuing the iPhone 5 alongside the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c today. And they did.

It seems that the iPhone 5c, which starts at $99 on contract, has completely replaced the 5, and Apple will cease selling it after this month. Oddly enough, however the company is keeping the iPhone 4s around…

The 4s will be priced similar to the way the current iPhone 4 is now: free on contract. It’s odd that Apple chose to keep a 30-pin, 3.5-inch display device around, but perhaps the margins weren’t high enough on the 5 to keep it around.

iphone 4s 5c 5s

Note that the 4S model is of the 8GB variety, which is kind of low, but the device is still a steal at $0. It has an 8MP camera, a formidable A5 processor, and will come with solid software features thanks to iOS 7—including an improved Siri.

What do you think of Apple’s move to drop the iPhone 5 and keep the 4S around? Smart/not-so-smart?

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  • Fardeen Beharry

    kinda dissapointed in pricing for 5c, and will probably just wait for iphone 6, killing iphone 5 like this is just brutal

    • Ignacio Irigoyen

      I agree, cheaper build that the iphone 5, and at the same price it would have been if it was not discontinued, for what? colors?

      I was expecting a better price impact

      • Bob

        Agreed, the 5C is very similarly priced as the iPhone 5 was, I don’t get it? Why not make it cheaper. Why just make the quality cheaper and keep the price the same. Am I missing something?

      • n0ahcruz3

        Because apple is fully aware about blind apple fanboys buying everything with an apple logo. Lol

      • RarestName

        They’ve done this before. Look at the iPad 2 and iPad 4. They could have just killed the iPad 2 and sold the iPad 3 for a cheaper price, but they didn’t.

      • Ignacio Irigoyen

        Not realy the same, in that case the improve the model at the same price, here it seems (at least to me) they made a downgrade and charged the same

      • joseph

        what if the iphone5 C was never meant to be cheaper, but even if it was, its still cheaper when it comes to contract, as the 32 G iphone5 C is the same price as the iphone5 S

    • Boss

      iPhone 5C is basically just the iPhone 5 with a different back case

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        No it’s exactly an iPhone 5 plastic color unibody. That’s why they’re discontinuing the iPhone 5.

  • At

    So are stores not selling the iPhone 5 as of today? Or will they be selling them until the release?

    • Qasim Bashir

      until the release i guess

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    I’m somewhat disappointed.

  • itaydrum

    I do not understand if they would kill the 4s they would kill the 3.5 ” screen and the old connector with one stroke! Really stupid to leave the 4s

  • RealTayBeats

    So since the iPhone 5 is being discontinued, shouldn’t the iPhone 5 users get the newer device free?

    • J 23

      Yes it should be that way

      • RealTayBeats

        I thought so…what if my phone breaks? It’s discontinued so what can they do? They can either upgrade or downgrade my device, and downgrading my 5 is not an option

      • J 23

        Exactly but I looked at the colors and say do I really want a bright phone ???

      • ModernSpartan

        try not to let it break. since its way better than the 5c, protect it like a child

    • Yuri

      I have a 64gig with power button problems.
      Maybe i can get a 5s

    • Qasim Bashir

      LOL

      • RealTayBeats

        Not a comedian

  • Mr Mop

    Is the iPhone 5C’s back glossy or matte?

    • Cameron Chao

      glossy

  • Dan

    That’s nice, keep the same innards, replace the quality body with a crappy plastic and sell at the same price. Apple is finally realising people will buy anything.

    • n0ahcruz3

      Hahaha damn straight. But That only applies in the US tho. Lol

  • Jesus

    So if I my iPhone 5 malfunctions or breaks how will they replace it? I wouldn’t go from a 5 to 5c that’s ridiculous. Disappointed.

  • nyangejr

    with iPhone 5 around the 5C wouldn’t have sold.
    maybe for free

    • Qasim Bashir

      exactly or they could have just released iphone 5 in different colors instead of iphone 5c

  • n0ahcruz3

    Hahaha my guess is right after all they’re going to axe the 5, because lets face it, it SUCKS.

    • b_boy

      huh? nice contribution bro.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yeah i think i can be a pretty good analyst. Lol

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yeah i think i can be a pretty good analyst. Lol

  • Adam Khan Pettitt

    What will happen to the current iPhone 5 prices while they are still available? Will they still be sold at $199 on contract?

    • Ashley Smith

      I got one of the last iphone5 s at Walmart for $82 including tax

  • Scott E

    Probably too expensive to manufacture iphone 5 to be able to make it free.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I mean it makes sense. If you have a 5C that is equivalent in specs, and will be priced about the same as the 5, then it’s a no-brainer. No need to waste money on supplying the components.

  • Austin Lopesilvero

    My question is – more so – what are they going to do with the surplus of iPhone 5’s that retailer’s and Apple still has?

    • Phil Gamboa

      Probably use the excess inventory for warranty replacements.

  • Jonathan Foell ™

    The iPhone 5C should have started at $50.

  • AAngelo Elmudesi

    I dont feel dissapointed, I feel robbed… I bought an iPhone 5 less than 3 months ago knowing (or thinking… or maybe hoping) iPhone 5s would be out yesterday, like it did…but never thinking they would discontinue the iPhone 5.

    • Qasim Bashir

      how are u robbed? it doesnt makes much difference, there’ll be a drop in resale price nothing else, they’ll still provide all the customer support etc

  • iBanks

    Who cares if it’s discontinued? If you’ve already purchased, it shouldn’t matter, you have one and you’re not eligible to upgrade no time soon. The 5c is the i5 outside of the black slate, which also makes sense because of the easiness of scratches. Lastly, not everyone wants an 4+ inch screen, therefore keeping the 4S makes perfect sense.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    And there you have it folks. Apple has been really spoiled by its herd of iSheeps that ignoramusly buy anything with an Apple logo. So, now they’re just throwing out cheap trash at same old high price tag, ’cause they’ve got just enough of these sheeps to keep their cash growing…way the go iTards.

  • DroidDoesnt_2

    Apple killed the iPhone 5 because more people would opt for it than the 5S…the 5S looks considerably more attractive next to the 5C than the iPhone 5….its a ploy to sell more 5S’s

  • Gavin

    In this case, the iPhone 5 will be more valuable than the iPhone 5S…in terms of heritage