The Taiwanese Industrial and Commercial Times reports (via MacRumors) that Apple will stop manufacturing the “lower-cost” iPhone 5c, starting around mid-2015. As Apple has two great new products, an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display, and an iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display, both of which are in high demand, according to worldwide reports, it makes perfect sense to discontinue a product that has failed to meet sales expectations.
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off this week with Black Friday, and Apple currently has four iPhone models on offer: the iPhones 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus. The colourful 8 GB version for $469 indeed makes the “cheaper iPhone dream” a reality, as it compares to the high-end 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus’ starting price of $859.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted Apple’s move of discontinuing both the iPhone 4S and 5c next year. By the way, the same analyst predicted Apple’s move to discontinue the iPhone 5, because its place will be taken by the ‘lower-cost” iPhone 5c. Interestingly, the iPhone 4S remains on Apple’s production lines, but it looks like the time has come to say good-bye to that model.