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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 ritualm on 9/18/2013 9:10:14 PM , Rating: 3
The iPhone 5s is easily and by a wide margin faster than the fastest Android handset.

Wrong. It's barely any faster, and the problem is we've already reached the point in smartphones where the current stuff is "fast enough" for most people.

So the only thing Apple can lay claim to is 64-bit (some bragging rights in benchmarking, but effectively zero benefits for all current users, because synthetic benchmarks do not translate to a better daily usage experience!). "by a wide margin faster"... yeah right.
The M7 co-processor unlocks a whole new way to do versatile and super power efficient location and activity monitoring

Yawner. Nothing new to see here.
The iPhone 5s is the first handset to use Bluetooth Low Energy technology

Wrong. The iPhone 4s from October 5, 2011 had Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
There is nothing like the ARMv8 architecture...

The doom and gloom you're so fond of predicting against all things Android have not happened once. You're akin to the doomsday prophets who routinely claim we're all gonna die tomorrow or some other chosen date. They've been proven wrong time and time again.
Meanwhile all the 5s reviewers are saying

Touch ID is not about security, it's all about convenience. Or, in layman's terms, it's worthless to me. I've never bothered setting up a PIN on my 4s at all, because I know - and you don't - that if my phone is stolen/missing, all the data on it is going to be compromised, so a PIN is meaningless.
which sets a new benchmark for a top end phone

It's funny. You keep dismissing benchmarks as meaningless when Android handsets beat your fruit logo company's phones, then turn around and say how it's meaningful when your stuff's doing the rounds. Hypocritical much?
Apple are set for another bumper growth year.

Not gonna happen. This ain't 2007. Your competitors are no longer asleep in their driver's seats. Your favorite "benchmark" phone has a key component in which abysmal yields directly affect global inventories.

And your best answer? More of the same.

Your shipment of fail has arrived.

RE: Is this any surprise?
By Tony Swash on 9/19/2013 7:49:47 AM , Rating: 2
Wrong. It's barely any faster, and the problem is we've already reached the point in smartphones where the current stuff is "fast enough" for most people.

It may be that Android handsets are fast enough for the lower end stuff that's available on that platform but over in iOS land we have lots of power apps and very high end games that will get a big boost from this massive CPU speed up.

This info graphic brings home the power of the new Apple designed CPU.

The speed of the new A7 chip is a game changer. And there is more to come because Apple designs it's own chips and can achieve the sort of SOC integration between hardware and OS that is impossible with Android handset made from off the shelf generic parts.

RE: Is this any surprise?
By ritualm on 9/19/2013 8:56:55 PM , Rating: 2
achieve the sort of SOC integration between hardware and OS

Just last night, I found an Android app that uses the NFC tech in my SGS4 to read transactions I made on a suICa card.

No such app exists in iOS land, why?

Because Apple never integrated any NFC hardware into their hardware.

Oh and by the way: I don't give a rat's ass about your fancy schmancy "performance graphs". How many of those "lots of power apps and very high end games" do you use daily? So few, you can count with one hand. Which means all of that massive speed up ends up going totally unused.

In other words - that A7 SoC is useless.

Your shipment of fail has arrived.

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