Apple to Discontinue the iPhone 5 in Q3, 2013, Analyst Says



The iPhone 5C will replace the iPhone 5, while iPhone 4S shipments will continue until the end of this year, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst of KGI Securities (via MacRumors), predicts in his recent iPhone market forecast. The analysts has correctly predicted some of Apple’s moves in the past, and now sees five key trends for the upcoming couple months:

  • The components and the EMS (electronics manufacturing services) for the new iPhone will be ramping up in late-August/early September.
  • Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn) will start manufacturing a version of the iPhone 5C supporting the TDD-LTE used by China Mobile in August, earlier than expected.
  • Models supporting the TDD-LTE standard are predicted see a penetration of 25% in iPhone 5S and 35% in iPhone 5C shipments, which may boost Apple’s presence in China.
  • The iPhone 5 will be discontinued at the end of the third quarter, but shipments of the iPhone 4S will continue until the end of 2013. The iPhone 5C is therefore designed to replace the iPhone 5, rather than the iPhone 4S as originally predicted.
  • The iPhone 5S will be the more popular model and will exceed the iPhone 5C in terms of shipments.

His forecast seems to reinforce an earlier rumour claiming the iPhone 5 will be discontinued, which would come as a surprise, peppered with the continued sale of the iPhone 4S. What we understand from Kuo’s forecast is that the iPhone 5C will not be a low-cost handset, which is in line with Pegatron CEO’s words, but replacing the iPhone 5… sounds like an un-Apple move.

Also, Kuo predicts that Apple will ship a total of 33.3 million iPhone 5S units, and another 27.2 million iPhone 5C units, with 5.2 million and 8.4 million handsets to arrive in the third quarter of this year, respectively.

The iPhone 5C will be priced between $400-$500, unlocked, while the “lower-cost iPhone” will be the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 and their price will drop to $300-$400 and $200-$300, respectively, although the iPhone 4 soon will be discontinued because it doesn’t support the graphical requirements of iOS 7.

The new models are expected to be presented during the rumoured September 10 event, but the exact time and venue still await confirmation.


  • I wonder why Apple would want to keep around the iPhone 4S with its legacy 30-pin connector.

  • crosseyed_mofo


  • ward09

    If these rumours pan out, iPhone has jumped the shark.

  • Al

    Maybe because of it?
    As in… they need to publicly announce in advance the discontinuation of that sort of thing to assist 3rd party product manufacturers and retailers in better pinpointing a projected end of life of products that support the old connector.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Yep….not fucking impressed my iPhone5 will be obsolete after only 11 months! Christ, I got more life out of my 3GS! Time to rethink purchasing Apple.

  • Hab

    How exactly is your 5 any more obsolete than the 3GS was after the new model came out? Just because Apple doesn’t make it any more (assuming this rumors’s true)?

    It’ll still work the same way the next day. It’ll stil almost certainly run the next many iOS updates perfectly well and have them available the same day as all other devices.

    You sound pretty outraged but I fail to understand the reason. Is it because Apple won’t offer the iPhone 5 to others at a cheaper price, like they will the 4S? So what?

  • 1His_Nibs1

    My point is the 3GS was in production for longer than 11 months.

  • Hab

    I repeat: so what? How is that meaningful? Would you be happier if they continued to make the 5, even though you’re not the one buying it? If it’s because of what other people can buy, perhaps you should even be happy no one can buy your version at a cheaper price than you did, only a year later, like they could after the 3GS.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Granted it may be speculation at this point but even if it’s not, one things certain, I don’t have to justify how I feel about issues to you.

  • Annette Rose Giesbrecht

    Sounds sound of silly. Will the Iphone 5C have the legacy 30-pin and they are going back to that? If they are going back to the legacy 30-pin that would be the only reason to discontinue the iphone 5, that means that they would have to discontinue the ipad that has the new connector. That would cost a bit since I have the new ipad and it takes about a year to save up for it.

  • Steve “dead” Jobs

    SHUT UP…at least he has a brain that thinks…unlike you isheep