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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 Reclaimer77 on 9/18/2013 6:43:57 PM , Rating: 2
Meanwhile all the 5s reviewers are saying the same thing which is once you start using the iTouch fingerprint recognition system going back to devices that use unlock pin codes feels clunky and absurd, and replicating iTouch will prove extremely difficult and possibly impossible because Apple owns all the patents for the basic technology that's involved.

This is a sales tactic more than a useful security feature. Most people don't lock their phones anyway. But those who use pin coded or other methods, have a far more secure phone than the iPhone.

And save the marketing speech for someone who isn't ignorant. There hasn't been a single viable fingerprinting method that can't be defeated by using a lifted print. And guess what your iPhone has all over it? Your thumbprints.

Just wait, in a few weeks the Internet will be ablaze with how-to videos showing how easily defeated iTouch is from a security standpoint using lifted prints.

Using the favorite term of Android bashers like yourself, iTouch is a gimmick.

RE: Is this any surprise?
By Tony Swash on 9/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: Is this any surprise?
By ritualm on 9/18/2013 9:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
You are such a technical neophyte.

Written by someone who is himself literally a technical neophyte.
Somehow all the technical discussion... has passed by you.

There is nothing unique about the fingerprinting system you're so fond of raving about. The US government had it for decades. PCs had it for years. Even Android phones beat Apple by at least three years.
This fingerprint technology is so superior

Indeed, it is so superior that most security experts - whose reputations are worth their weight in gold - highly recommended it be used in conjunction with other security measures.

It is not foolproof.

It is easily circumvented with methods a thousand times cheaper than the phone itself.

It provides absolutely zero security, in return you willingly give the NSA a full, verifiable, and traceable copy of your fingerprint with your explicit permissions.

It is more complicated than entering a PIN, let alone slide-to-unlock.

Nope, your tactics aren't flying past my BS detectors.

RE: Is this any surprise?
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/19/2013 11:14:43 AM , Rating: 2
Tony, Tony, Tony *shakes head*

Fingerprint biometric security systems have been in use for several years now in far more complex systems than an iPhone. I've had the misfortune of trying to use them in many iterations only to disable them due to the constant hassle of misreading and having to re-register my fingerp4rints multiple times.

As well most of my colleagues that have used these biometric devices have experienced the same pain and themselves proceeded to disable them.

At best biometric security devices are hit and miss. At worst they actually hamper your ability to use the device.

Go ahead and shout your joy over this gimmick foo the highest mountain all you like. I would also love to see your tears when your uber-secure iPhone locks you out (and possibly erases itself) of it because you scuffed the skin on your thumb and it no longer recognizes you.

RE: Is this any surprise?
By Kiffberet on 9/19/2013 8:15:13 AM , Rating: 2
Most people don't lock their phones anyway.

You just made that statement up, didn't you?

RE: Is this any surprise?
By retrospooty on 9/19/2013 8:54:35 PM , Rating: 2
"Just wait, in a few weeks the Internet will be ablaze with how-to videos showing how easily defeated iTouch is from a security standpoint using lifted prints"


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