With the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple has formally discontinued the iPhone 5c and has made the iPhone 5s as the cheapest iPhone option.
The Apple iPhone 5c will continue to receive future iOS updates, at least the upcoming iOS 9 on September 16, but will no longer be available through Apple Stores across the globe. Moreover, the iPhone 5c has now been removed from the list of available iPhone models on the official Apple site.
Apple was facing some criticism with the iPhone 5c since its launch in October 2013. Although the company introduced its 8GB variant in the global markets to take on some of the popular mid-range Android smartphones, the colorful iPhone model was not as successful as the iPhone 5s due to its high price and plastic design.
Some rumours in the past claimed that the Cupertino giant already stopped the production of the iPhone 5c. This suggests that its stock would soon be vanished from the global markets.
An Apple Store manager in San Francisco, California told TechOne3 that the iPhone 5c is the “least demanding iPhone”.
“Although it comes in a variety of color options and is quite cheaper than the iPhone 5s, very few customers visit our store to buy the iPhone 5c,” the manager who don’t want to disclose his identity told TechOne3.
As the iPhone 5c is now discontinued, the iPhone 5s has now become the cheapest option in the new iPhone lineup. The iPhone 5s was launched alongside the iPhone 5c as the company’s flagship offering in 2013 and is currently available with a starting price of about Rs. 33,000 in India. The discontinuation of the iPhone 5c suggests some price drop on the iPhone 5s, though it would be appear following the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in the global markets.
The Apple iPhone 5s appears to be a good option if one is looking for full-fledged iPhone model in the mid-range segment. There is a 4-inch Retina display with 1136 x 640 pixels resolution and a 64-bit Apple A7 chipset with M7 coprocessor. The iPhone 5s sports an 8-megapixel iSight camera sensor on the rear, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera sensor on the front and a fingerprint sensor-embedded Touch ID home button.