iPhone 5C is here. It’s $100 cheaper iPhone 5, wrapped in plastic

Well, just as we expected, the cheaper iPhone 5C is here.

It’s basically iPhone 5 inside a plastic chassis, and it’s $100 cheaper.

As Tim Cook Put it: “This year we are going to replace iPhone 5”. And they did exactly that – instead of discounting old iPhone 5, they replaced it with iPhone 5C and priced it by $100 less.

iPhone 5C launch

iPhone 5C specs include:

  • 4” Retina display
  • A6 CPU (the same as in iPhone 5)
  • 8mpx camera with BSI, hybrid IR filter and 5 element lens
  • Facetime HD front camera with 1.9 micron pixels and BSI
  • LTE connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0

It will cost  $99 for 16GB version and $199 for 32GB.

And here we have a problem. iPhone 5C may be a cheaper iPhone, but it certainly is not cheap. Unless Apple is giving some discounts to U.S carriers, not reflected in $99 contract price, unsubsidized iPhone 5C is at least $499 device. Which still leaves 5C in the high end smartphone category, and is way too expensive if Apple wants to reinvigorate its growth, especially outside U.S.

Let’s see what tomorrow’s event in China brings us. How high iPhone 5C is priced over there, and what carrier subsidies Apple was able to extract this time. For now, things doesn’t look too good.

I guess, we’ll have to wait until iPhone 6, when 5C price drops another $100, for Apple to finally have a device that can compete in higher volume upper mid range of the market.

Image credits: Engadget

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • The Stig

    Remember that carriers subsidize the cost quite heavily. A $100 price reduction should translate to perhaps a $200 reduction in unsubsidized cost, perhaps bringing the 5C to $400?

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Maybe. But why would Apple give additional $100 to carrier, instead of making 5C free on a 2 yr contract? We’ll probably know tomorrow, after iPhone China launch

  • J N

    Apple products are always over prized,, some say they are worth,, but as per my opinion,, they are not worth to buy unless some has money to burn down.
    For an average user, apple is not good choice. success of apple comes from carrier subsidies, if not there would be any business they could have done by now.