Due to the amount of popularity the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus bring to the table, tech giant Apple will be looking to halt the production of its previous generation iPhone 5C during 2015. According to Industrial and Commercial Times, the iPhone 5C’s units will be discontinued in the middle of the year, with the company’s suppliers such as Winstron and Foxconn looking to make the iPhone 5c a thing of the past. Additional reports from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that were published earlier this week state that along with the iPhone 5C, the iPhone 4s, which was Apple’s first device to feature SIRI, will also be nearing its ‘end of life’ stage.
The iPhone 5S was Apple’s answer to a low cost iPhone and is currently available in the 8GB configuration alongside the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. There are several reasons why Apple is looking to take out the iPhone 5C from its production line-up permanently. Currently, the iPhone 5c is the only handset in the current line-up that does not feature Apple’s patented Touch ID interface so by removing the handset, Apple will be looking to streamline its smartphones.
During 2013, Apple’s iPhone 5C saw lower-than-expected sales after it debuted in 2013 alongside the company’s then flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S. Due to high demand of the iPhone 5S, Apple could not capitalize effectively in securing sufficient revenue from the iPhone 5C, prompting them to reportedly cut the iPhone 5C production rate from 300,000 units to 150,000 units per day. The statistical figures were revealed by C Technology, who was also responsible for leaking pictures of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S before they were to be unveiled by Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook.