Apple brought the iPhone 5c in 2013 as its first colorful iPhone that perhaps be the last iPhone to feature a plastic built. TechOne3 has learnt that the Cupertino giant will no longer use plastic for designing any of its future iPhone.
A source in the design team told TechOne3 in an exclusive conversation that Apple’s executives are set to use metal instead of plastic for making future iPhone models.
“Plastic is used to make inferior-quality products. We are pretty sure that all the future iPhone models will not have anything inferior,” the source said.
When asked on why Apple chose a polycarbonate plastic material for designing the iPhone 5c, the source said that it was the company’s strategy to offer an affordable iPhone option in the market at that time. The source also admitted that the plastic presence on the iPhone 5c was one of the factors behind its lower demand than the premium-looking iPhone 5s.
The source didn’t reveal any details about the iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6c, which both are rumoured to be launched later this year. But he said that Apple is working to provide iPhone experience on a variety of screen sizes and with different hardware inputs. More development on the same front will be unveiled next year, he added.
The iPhone 5c was designed to take on mid-range Android smartphones. However, it was initially priced at Rs. 41,999 in India, which is just close to the current price of any high-end Android offering.
In 2013, it was first reported that Apple is looking to shut down production of the iPhone 5c due to its poor performance against the iPhone 5s.
Some initial reports recently surfaced claiming that the company is set to launch a new 4-inch iPhone model that will have iPhone 5s-like metal built. The launch of the new iPhone model is likely to result the discontinuation of the iPhone 5c. Moreover, the iPhone 5s will then become the most cheapest option in the market.
In the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, Apple shipped 61.2 million iPhone models, mainly including the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s, that resulted a 40 percent year-over-year change from the same quarter last year.
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