Apple is ditching the iPhone 5c
There have been plenty of questions about the 5c’s popularity ever since it launched in September of 2013. Apple’s “most colorful iPhone yet” apparently never posted the kind of sales numbers analysts have come to expect from an iPhone.
So after two years of serving as Apple’s entry-level smartphone, it’s time for the 5c to make way for a replacement. With a big Apple event recently announced for next month, you’d think there’s a good possibility that a refresh is coming. That’s not the case, however.
Although Apple has reportedly been working on an iPhone 6c, it’s not going to be ready in time for the September event. Instead, the plan appears to be to do what they did when the iPhone 5s and 5c arrived: they’ll move a previous flagship into the entry-level spot on their roster.
The iPhone 5s will take over that position (like the 4s did) until Apple has a new device ready to roll. Shoppers looking for a 4-inch iPhone will still have an option. It’s still a two-year-old phone, but at least it features Apple’s dual-core Cyclone chip and an Apple Pay-enabling Touch ID sensor. It seems as though the 5s still has plenty of life in it, and no doubt that’s what Apple is counting on.