iPhone 5c (Manufacturing 001)

The world’s top contract manufacturer, Taiwan-based Foxconn, is responsible for approximately one-third of total iPhone 5c volume and now the company is allegedly winding down handset production at its factory in Zhengzhou, northern China, and shifting capacity to the flagship iPhone 5s, according to “industry sources” who spoke to DigiTimes, an industry publication with a mixed track record.

The story somewhat corroborates last week’s article by a Chinese blog which said another iPhone 5c manufacturer, Pegatron, slashed iPhone 5c production significantly because the flagship iPhone 5s was selling better to early adopters than the iPhone 5c, which is basically the last year’s iPhone 5 repackaged in colorful cases…

DigiTimes added:

Foxconn and Pegatron Technology have obtained OEM orders for 30 percent and 70 percent, respectively, of iPhone 5c production, the sources said.

One month ago, Apple lowered iPhone 5c orders to Pegatron by 20 percent and those to Foxconn by nearly one-third for the fourth quarter due to unsatisfactory sales, the sources indicated.

Foxconn’s huge Zhengzhou production and assembly facility employes a whopping 120,000 workers.

C Technology (via UnwiredView), a Chinese blog, last week claimed Pegatron cut iPhone 5c production from 320,000 units per day in October down to just 80,000 units per day. The blog also mentioned that Foxconn had been operating at a minimum capacity of 8-9,000 units per day.

A month ago, the Wall Street Journal first reported that Apple would cut iPhone 5c orders. The financial newspaper put its usual Apple-is-doomed spin on the development arguing that the supply cut was due to the “weaker-than-expected demand and Apple’s pricing strategy for the device”.

In reality, this is but one of the many possible explanations.

As Apple’s been churning out the iPhone 5 for a year, its commissioned manufacturers are now capable of building large quantities of the mid-range iPhone 5c in a short period of time. And it’s expected Apple would want to make room for new devices such as the iPhone 5s, whose availability has been affected by limited production of the sophisticated and sensitive Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Apple adjusting iPhone 5c output levels isn’t a surprise: the device began as a slow burner. Therefore, sales are expected to pick up at a later stage, once iPhone 5s demand cools off.

Do you own (or know somebody that owns) an iPhone 5c?

  • Joseph

    Duh! It’s better to produce an iPhone 5 than an iPhone 5C. Ugh -_- Plastics.

    • Antzboogie

      iPhone 5c way over priced. Budget phone my a$$ lol I still love you Apple but come on…..

  • TonyVee73

    Why would iPhone 5c sales “pick up at a later stage”?

    • Because Apple’s manufacturers can build only that many phones and they are putting all their energies behind the iPhone 5s which is still severely limited. Older iPhones (and that’s what the iPhone 5c is) always sell well a few months after the latest model has been on sale because carriers start offering them free with a contract, especially when new model begins losing its steam after first two quarters of sale.

      • Kurt


        1. willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullible.

        ***Does not mean credible.

    • mav3rick

      Because 5C is an misunderstood product, not a flop…

  • Willie

    I think apple did a hasty move to release too many iPhones this time. They are making sales however, I don’t think the amount of phones sold can reach their target.

  • chumawumba

    iPhone 5c was never going to succeed anyways

  • pitcherday

    My husband has a 5c, I have a 5s. He would rather use his iPad for most things, so at $99 it was a great choice. We both had 4’s, so it was time for new tech. He likes it well enough and is very satisfied with it. The only bad thing about it was those candy-colored shells. I don’t know what they were thinking with those colors. They’re not great for a man.

    • So men should always wear gadgets that are grey and dull? Dunno, depends on the market. In Europe and Asia, people are crazy about colors

      • pitcherday

        Did I say men should wear gray and dull gadgets? How about non-pastel colors?

  • Tommy

    Am using the blue 5C 32gb. That’s prolly cuz I’m Asian, and I like colors.

  • n0ahcruz3

    When the moto G arrives. 5c will collect dust on store shelves.

    • mehrab

      Lol oh is that so?

      • n0ahcruz3

        5c the biggest ripoff in apple history. True story. 5c is already collecting dust.

      • mehrab

        Moto g will not sell as half as the 5c sold in 3 weeks

      • n0ahcruz3

        Its still a ripoff. No wonder it’s not selling well people are smart nowadays when it comes to buying smartphones. People see 5c as an overpriced POS. true story.

      • mehrab

        Its a bargain for what you get better gamer and web browser then a note 3 what else do you want?

  • Antzboogie

    iPhone 5c was way over priced and Apple should allow people to change the iPhone’s theme to any color they want I do agree ios 7 looks like cotton candy colors on a device thats used by professionals is a little dumb. #JailbreakNeeded

  • appleyay

    5C is a fail… ii have only seen 2 in real life..lol

  • Joseph

    I know many people who got a 5c and have seen a good amount in public. I’ve seen more than the 5s (yes, I look at home buttons and LEDs to tell).