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Reports say consumers want the more colorful iPhone 5C

IPhone 5S inventory is significantly lower than that of the iPhone 5C, according to mobile carriers. 

A new report from All Things D says that carriers have received the iPhone 5S in extremely low numbers for the Friday launch. One carrier even said it will have "grotesquely unavailable inventory.”

However, the carriers say they have a plentiful amount of iPhone 5Cs available, which will launch this Friday as well. 

So why the gap in supply? All Things D says it's because customers prefer the colorful 5Cs as opposed to the 5S. The 5C comes in five vibrant colors while the high-end 5S comes in grey (black), silver and gold. 

The report notes that demand for the high-end version may be less than expected, as well.

The iPhone 5C is touted as the "budget" iPhone, sporting a $99 price tag for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB model (both with two-year contracts). The iPhone 5S runs $199, $299, and $399 for 16GB 32GB, and 64GB versions respectively. Both phones are expected to launch at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile this Friday. 

Source: All Things D

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RE: Is this any surprise?
By hpglow on 9/18/2013 1:17:45 PM , Rating: 3
Apple isn't limiting inventory. They are in business to make money. Back in the day it may have have made sense but after the iPhone 4 it didn't make good sense to make the consumer wait and weigh their options. When I bought my iPhone 5 I placed an order online a couple days after launch and it arrived on my door step the same week. I think at this point Apple is just getting as many as they can avalible.

I have had three iPhones and the first two I was generally pleased with. Back then Android was still clunky. When I bought the iPhone 5 I really had to think about it. 60% of my phone use is browsing the web and checking my email. For this processor speed, ram, storage matters very little we are at a point where most phone processors are more than atiquate for this. So when Apple chose a small incremental screen length increase I was not happy. But I wasn't ready to jailbreak to get my music off the phone at the time. I am now and if I were up for an upgrade today the 5c or 5s wouldn't even be a consideration. I don't want a hulking behemoth in my pocket but if Apple wants more of my money they are going to have to produce more than a handful of similarly sized devices.

RE: Is this any surprise?
By anactoraaron on 9/18/2013 3:24:05 PM , Rating: 2

They are expecting lower than usual sales for the 5S and are limiting inventory to proclaim that the 5S sold out to generate buzz to drive sales for that device while at the same time they can proclaim the 5C hasn't sold out to curb people from the less expensive model.

Sorry but I just don't fully believe that they are in it to make money being the attention/hype whores that they have been in the past.

RE: Is this any surprise?
By ritualm on 9/18/2013 3:42:25 PM , Rating: 2
OR... as Shig noted, incredibly poor yields on the fingerprint sensor used by the 5S' Touch ID tech.
I don't want a hulking behemoth in my pocket

Yeah, well, if I start using my 4S with everything it's capable of doing, I need a hulking behemoth in my pocket because a 5.25Whr battery won't last a few hours.

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