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Apple has always had a phone in this price range since 2009. Higher quality phones than this!Carriers have had more than 1 iPhone to offer for 4 years.The 5C brings nothing new to the table and doesn't address any new markets for Apple. That being said I agree it'll sell well.
With technology nowadays a phone the thinness of the Touch is not impossible. Apple is probably waiting till the 6 to launch a phone that thin though.Anyway I'm still not seeing the benefit of using plastic other than saving Apple manufacturing cost.In reality they could have still had healthy margins with a colorful anodized aluminum phone similar to the Touch. At most an iPod Touch based iPhone should only cost $450. Seeing as Apple had planned on charging $550 I don't...
If only it was actually half the price of the 5.Aside from that, remember the 5C is the same price the 5 would have been for consumers this year anyway. The only one the 5C is cheaper for is Apple presumably.
With all the effort they put into it and the price they decided on, I'm surprised they didn't simply use iPod Touch grade anodized aluminum for the shell.I see no benefit to the use of plastic considering Apple likely intended all along to price the device at $550.
I felt the opposite.I like the cases Apple designed for the 5C. It helps differentiate the C and make it special. Without them the 5C looks like a 5 in a plastic case itself...
That's true but investors seemed to have had their hopes in Apple shaking the low-cost/mid-range smartphone market with the 5C.Without that the event brought nothing new to the table for Apple other than the NTT DoMoCo deal.
I definitely don't doubt the 5C will do well in the US and other countries where subsidized post paid plans are more popular than prepaid.To many in the US $99 on contract sounds like a great price. On the other hand if they were told the price were $550 they probably wouldn't have the same positive reaction.Anyway the 5C will drive up market share in places where the iPhone is already popular.
The iPad Mini was at least a substantial enough discount from the main iPad.The 5C is nearly the same price as the 5S with HALF as many features and a plastic body versus a chamfered metal body.The entire exercise of the 5C will in the long run pad Apple's wallets and not give consumers a more accessible iPhone.We don't know that China Mobile will subsidize the 5C, but if they do only a fraction of the people on their network would qualify for a subsidized phone...
Even so,Most of us knew the iPhone 5C would NEVER be cheap enough for impoverished people in BRIC countries.At a minimum we expected midrange $300-500 which it's hard to say if the 5C even addresses that market globally.I agree with you that the 5C is a hard sell for prepaid markets. If it were $450 it'd be a stretch for prepaid but still within the $300-500 midrange, but at $550 that puts it up with the likes of flagship Android and Windows phones.I don't really know what...
That's true.We may see an 8GB model introduced after the holiday season sold for $450 replacing the 4S.Seeing as Ming Cho was pretty much 100% accurate about what Apple would do, I believe he said the 4S was only a stop gap till the end of the year.
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