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Apple hopes to lower the price of entry with the iPhone 5C by adding an 8GB variant

It was reported earlier this year that Apple’s latest current generation of smartphones have been somewhat of a mixed bag for the company. The $99, entry-level iPhone 5C (largely an iPhone 5 with a colorful plastic body) was apparently not the runaway sales success that Apple had predicted.
 
As Apple CEO Tim Cook put it, “It was the first time we ever ran that play, and demand percentage turned out to be different than we thought.”
 
Instead, most people just decided to pony up an extra $100 to get the superior-spec’d iPhone 5S with its faster A7 processor and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.


iPhone 5C
 
There is now word that Apple is looking to turn the tide by introducing a cheaper, 8GB variant of the iPhone 5C this week (the cheapest iPhone 5C currently available is equipped with 16GB of storage and is priced at $99 on contract). The only other iPhone model that Apple offers with 8GB of capacity is the nearly three-year-old iPhone 4S, which is available for free on contract. It is unknown if the 8GB iPhone 5C would replace the iPhone 4S as a “freebie” smartphone, or if it will occupy a highly plausible $49 price point.
 
The first option seems like the most likely scenario, as it would allow Apple to rid itself of smartphones using the older 30-pin dock connector (Apple’s current generation products connect are equipped with a Lightning dock connector). It would also align all of Apple’s smartphone screens to 4” – that is until the iPhone 6 hits the market later this year.

Source: Apple Insider



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RE: Tells us about Apple users
By lawrance on 3/17/2014 11:48:49 PM , Rating: 2
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The fact that the 5C has not been a big draw tells us about people drawn to Apple--they are more or less minions drawn to the magic Apple brand. After all, a colorful 5C looks more like a Samsung or Brand X than an "Apple." And Apple users want something that instantly brands themselves as Apple users and thus a part of the crowd that Gets It. Simple as that.


You moron, that's not it at all. The 5C doesn't sell well because Apple's core demographic demands quality. If we were satisfied with plastic, we'd be Samdung owners. The price difference between the 5C and 5S ($100) is pretty paltry for the difference in what you get. Over the course of a typical 2-year contract or phone cycle, we're talking $4.17 / month to get the top-of-line phone vs. a plastic backed version with last year's processor and no finger print ID among other things.

Calling 5C buyers "minions" says much more about you than the people who choose to save $100 on a phone they are likely buying for their daughter or son.


RE: Tells us about Apple users
By KoolAidMan1 on 3/18/2014 12:18:32 AM , Rating: 2
People here have a big inferiority complex. They can't just enjoy what they have, they need to mock people who use what they don't have.


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