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According to the latest supply chain chatter, Apple may discontinue its unapologetically plastic handset, the iPhone 5c, by the summer of next year.

Citing people familiar with the matter, Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times said Wednesday that the Cupertino firm will be phasing out the iPhone 5c around mid-2015, ostensibly because the company is pleased with high demand for the latest 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 smartphones.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently made a similar suggestion, estimating Apple would wind down production of both the iPhone 5c and 4s in 2015 after promotional plans.

Apple typically keeps past two iPhone generations on the market in addition to the current model. Removing both the iPhone 5c and 4s in 2015 may begs the question of the iPhone 5s.

One possibility would entail making it 2015’s low-cost choice for cast-strapped buyers. Another would be to phase out the iPhone 5s in 2015, too, in which case today’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would get discounted to make room for the next flagship handset, presumably the iPhone 6s.

I could also be wrong because Touch ID might be Apple’s lowest common denominator for 2015 iPhones, so the iPhone 5s might stick around until 2016. At any rate, removing older models from the lineup to focus on 4.7 and 5.5-inch devices would make developers’ life a lot easier while streamlining the product line.

Providing multiple iPhone generations to buyers widens Apple’s iPhone pricing umbrella while maximizing profits by taking advantage of economies of scale and catering to folks who are not in the market for the latest and greatest device at premium prices.

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Introduced in September of 2013, the iPhone 5c targets smartphone buyers who need a mid-range device. Following the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduction in September of this year, Apple is now selling only the eight-gigabyte iPhone 5c model, priced at $450 off-contract.

The handset features the same internals as the 2012 iPhone 5 model, sans the plastic enclosure in five colors and speedier wireless networking.

In spite of claims that iPhone 5c sales have disappointed and failed to meet Apple’s internal expectations, Kantar filed the device Britain’s best-selling handset in August 2014. Another survey found that the iPhone 5c outsold Samsung’s Galaxy S5 in the United Kingdom this summer.

What’s more, the mid-tier handset may have even outsold every BlackBerry, Windows Phone and flagship Android device in the United States during the all-important holiday quarter a year ago.

[Industrial and Commercial Times via MacRumors]

  • Makes sense especially when it should only to be replaced with a new better plastic model.

  • Itzkhaoz

    Discontinued because no one bought that sh!t lol

    • You’d be surprised. I’ve actually repaired more 5C screens than any iPhone these pass few months.

      • Itzkhaoz

        Interest because Ive seen maybe 5 people with that device since it launched.

      • If it has a case on it you wouldn’t be able to tell.

    • Burge

      Because you didn’t read this bit

      In spite of claims that iPhone 5c sales have disappointed and failed to meet Apple’s internal expectations, Kantar filed the device Britain’s best-selling handset in August 2014. Another survey found that the iPhone 5c outsold Samsung’s Galaxy S5 in the United Kingdom this summer.

      What’s more, the mid-tier handset may have even outsold every BlackBerry, Windows Phone and flagship Android device in the United States during the all-important holiday quarter a year ago.

    • Gabriel Anaya

      I’ve actually seen more 5C’s at my high school than I have 5S’s so I doubt it’s because they aren’t selling well

    • Jason Baroni

      iPhone 5c was the #1 selling phone early 2014 in Europe. Source: iDownloadBlog

    • Матт Реякіпѕ

      It’s just an iPhone 5 wrapped in plastic. But plenty will always choose cheap. Some who can’t afford a new iPhone will settle for the cheapest iPhone they can find so they can tell people they have an iPhone. Doesn’t matter it’s a model 2-3 years old and that they could have a brand new Android or Windows phone at the same cost as that older iPhone.

  • Juschan

    i am going to upgrade next year to a 6 plus 😀 but till then i am in love with my unapologetically plastic handset haha i really like the rounded body

  • Virus

    might as well discontinue it now 8gb is unacceptable in 2014 let alone 2015

    • mav3rick

      Especially with how much storage ios8 takes, 8GB is a sad joke on users.

  • hkgsulphate

    simply make them even cheaper….

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    Apple to discontinue it’s iPhone lineup in 2015- thought I read that at first

    • Andrew

      its*

  • CS

    Doesn’t matter if Apple paid people to use that phone.. 8GB is not enough for ANYONE. Especially since iOS 8 is almost 2 gigs. iPhone 5s needs to be the cheap iPhone

  • Jeep204

    I believe you used “sans” in the wrong context, as it means “without.”
    “The handset features the same internals as the 2012 iPhone 5 model, sans the plastic enclosure in five colors and speedier wireless networking.”

    Sans should be “avec” if your using French. Because the 5c does have plastic enclosure and speedier wirelesses networking.

    • Andrew

      You’re right about sans. I think he should have instead said, “…2012 iPhone 5 model, /but with a/ plastic…”

      But oh well

  • Fanboy 

    I like my 4.7 iPhone 6, but what about those who prefer the 4-inch screen? What’s going to happen to them when Apple removes the 5S. I for 1 know a bit of people who would never go to a big phone. Apple should keep updating the 4-inch version.

    • aw81

      Couldn’t agree more, I hate the larger iPhones, I have a 5 at the moment, I guess I’ll go for a 5s next but after that becomes obsolete I don’t know what to do, I have so many apps and music etc from iTunes ans the App Store but I’m just not a fan of massive phones…

      • Aaron

        The jump from 4 to 4.7 is really very minimal you’ll never notice the difference after a week.

      • Danny Rios

        Trust me youll notice the difference! in size.. iPhone 6 is not so do-able with one hand. The 5 and 5s/5c were. That’s about the only thing I miss. My hand hurts when I hold it with one hand.. Imagine using the 6 plus lol.

      • Aaron

        I have a 6+ and I’ve adjusted to it just fine 😛 all down to personal preference I guess, but the regular 6 isn’t really that much bigger than 5s

      • aw81

        Not for me, my work environment is harsh on expensive phones so I have to use a dust proof case to protect it when I’m working, I use an otterbox defender (I think?) case during the week, my iPhone 5 is already larger in that respect and adding yet more size would make it ridiculously large.
        I realise mine is a rare case but I don’t feel I need any more screen size anyway, I was perfectly happy with the size of a 4s to be honest.
        Now I’m being forced to use a phone I won’t feel comfortable with or switch to a different make.

      • Aaron

        You aren’t being forced at all. Apple isn’t holding a gun to your head and telling you to buy a new phone. If you like the size of the 5, buy a 5S now and keep it a few years until a new model comes out with a likely smaller footprint. Or just upgrade now & continue to use your 5 for work. Simple 🙂

      • aw81

        Obviously not but if you read my first comment you’d see I intend to get a 5s next, my issue is that the trend in high end smartphones is bigger screens, there aren’t many options for smaller phones once you actually look.
        Sure, apple may release a smaller phone in future but it’s far from a certainty and the success they’ve already had with bigger screens already makes me worried they won’t bother.
        The older the 5 and 5s get, the more obsolete they become, people with 4s’ are starting to struggle as apps become less supported and iOS outdated them so apple kind of do force the upgrade, I’m hoping they will make a smaller phone again but if not then people like me that just don’t want a massive phone will have no option but switch.

  • Stephaughn Alston

    Makes sense considering the fact that Apple released 2 iPhones this yr. So just having the iPhone 5S, 6, & 6 Plus makes sense!

  • mav3rick

    No shit, the misunderstood one is dropped!

  • Jason Baroni

    I like the 5c for the color options… Apple should just upgrade them. I say it because I have seen plenty people in my country buying 5cs.

  • David Gitman

    lol no wonder that phone sucked

    • Christian Mejía

      It was exactly the same as the 5?

  • Manuel Molina

    The 4S is a 3.5 inch phone, and the 5 and 5S is 4.0 (could be mistaken). I can understand killing the 3.5 inch (4S), and even the i5. I know some people who went out for a 5S though since they didn’t want the 6 or 6+ due to the size and the lack of interest of it on their part. Apple should keep these options( 4.0 inch phones, 4.7 and 5.5.). You don’t wanna force people into bigger phones completely. The market is high for them, but choices are nice.

  • Jip2

    noooooooo i still have the iphone 3g and im planing to sell it to buy the 5c

    • Christian Mejía

      You sir are living in the past. No one is going to buy that 3G for more than 20$

  • n0ahcruz3

    Good riddance.. This ripoff phone should die already. The price of this POS is ridiculous for an outdated hardware. Moto G better buy.

    • Danny Rios

      Outdated hardware? As far as I know, it may be outdated but then again, does it need to be fixed? As long as all the apps works and everything runs smooth, theres no need to put new “hardware” you android fans are ridiculous!! If its not broken, DONT FIX IT!!! 😉 Works fine, all apps work, no FORCE CLOSE..then dont fix it lmao. Idiot.

      • n0ahcruz3

        What a fool.. I use an iPhone 6. Then buy an 8gb iphone c for 450$ and see if its worth it. U isheep lol

  • Andrew

    They should just have the iPhone 6 take the iPhone 5c’s place (lowest of the lineup), and have the iPhone 6 Plus take the iPhone 5s’s place (previous gen device). Then bring in the iPhone 6s and… iPhone 6s Plus? 6 Plus S? 6 Plus Plus?… as the new flagships.

    • Danny Rios

      No, that would make the 6 and 6plus cheaper. They need to still offer the 5S.

      • Andrew

        Well, isn’t that what happens every year? The older stuff gets cheaper and the new stuff takes its place.

  • Матт Реякіпѕ

    First off the iPhone 5c was gonna be phased out anyways as it was this year’s free phone. Secondly if Apple is serious about Apple Pay it wouldn’t be a bad idea to also get rid of the iPhone 5s. A possible situation could be phase out the free phone and the iPhone 6 Plus and instead have a pricing model of $99 for the iPhone 6, $199 for the iPhone 6s and $299 for the iPhone 6s Plus. Another way they could do it is make the iPhone 6 become a free phone, make the iPhone 6 Plus the $99 phone, the iPhone 6s $199 and the iPhone 6s Plus at $299. They could also just make an iPhone 5s with an NFC chip to sell for free. Many different possibilities.

    • Danny Rios

      Yeah, no.. I don’t think they’ll add the NFC chip to the 5S lol. That would confuse people when buying.

  • Joseph

    Many college students here in the Philippines prefer the 5c more than any kind of 4-inch-or-more iPhone.

  • Aaron

    Confused.. The 4s keeps getting referred in this article but I’m assuming that the author’s talking about iOS updates? Because Apple have already atopped selling that.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if come September Apple drops the 5c and 5s and releases the 6c. Touch ID, new rounded shape, updated camera, colours BUT keeps a 4inch screen.

    • Danny Rios

      Good idea! that would be cool! 😀 6c.. I think the 5c came out when the iphone 5 S line up came along right…? maybe that’s what apple is going to do? Release a 6C? hmmm!

  • I am so glad I got an iPhone. Actually, i got this exact one. I never realized how much I missed 2001 until I got this thing. It has enough memory to hold at least 3 text documents at one time. The camera will even take pictures so clear you can almost see people’s faces.

    Also, I just love the cheap plastic body and the fact that this phone costs more than pretty much every other smart phone on the market that has more than triple the computing power as this amazing work of crap.

    I will never understand why people are dumb enough to fall for Apple trash. How does that 10 year old hardware that you payed more than quadruple the asking price feel in your hand?