If you're not an early adopter and you want an iPhone, why wouldn't you get the 5C? This will be HUGE in subsidized countries. There's still room for growth in the U.S... a lot of people are still buying cheap smartphones. The 5C will be MAX of $99 on contract, $0 down at T-Mobile, and will be discounted heavily for various promotions.
Apple will also be able to mass produce these better.
Who says? Just because they've done that in the past? The BOM for the 5 may have cost too much to do that.Nevertheless, the price did drop $100 for a phone that's still high-end and was selling very well.What you're saying is that by going to plastic Apple should somehow be able to drop it $200 while not destroying margins. Right.
They did lower the price by $100.The iPhone 5 sold for $650.Apple has already showed a willingness for flexible pricing in developing markets like India.Also, people dismissing the U.S. market are naive. There's PLENTY of untapped potential in the U.S. and I bet we can expect holiday discounts on the 5C ($49-79 on contract) that will result in massive sales.