Originally Posted by blackbook
I stood in line yesterday and bought my 5S directly from my apple store. Best smartphone I've ever owned.
Today there were still lines of people waiting for 5S.
Here are my quick observations:
There was very little interest in the 5C except from children.
The 5C looked and felt like plastic. Not my cup of tea and that was a major negative point from other adults I talked to at the store.
Most 5C that actually sold (and even the Apple employees admitted it was a slow seller at the store) were parents buying for kids. Some parents opted to buy their kids 5S instead though.Anyway all that to say. The 5S is an amazing smartphone the most innovative small device I've ever used. Use touch ID a few times and you'll feel the magic I'm talking about. But the 5C on the other hand. Still a head scratcher in my book.
It's not helping Apple's image. It doesn't look that great. And it's not selling well. It may be selling better than last years 4S but that's not saying much IMO.
Your view is hardly unbiased.
People standing in line for the new iPhone like yourself are a special breed. They, like myself, are Apple loyal diehard's. They are interested in the latest and best. Not everybody is like that. I would guess most of Apple's customers are not.
My girlfriend until Saturday had a 3GS that she got from AT&T two years ago for zero dollars on a two year contract. She isn't reading Apple forums. She has needed a new phone for the last month because she dropped it in the toilet and her home button was sticking. I talked her into waiting until the new ones were announced. After showing her both the 5C and 5S and explaining the differences (she also watched the Keynote with me), she opted for the 5c.
Her reasoning for opting for the 5C: First, she liked the feel of it in her hand. It certainly feels nicer then the 3GS she had, and lacquer feels smooth and pleasant enough. Second, she liked the color. For some people this is important. Third, she liked that at T-Mobile (where she switched to) she could get it for zero dollars down, and for $30 less than what Apple was offering. As an underpaid public teacher, money isn't flowing off trees for her. She often buys her own supplies. The $130 in savings was important for her.
In a nutshell, she is jumping 3 generations of iPhones in terms of performance. Although the iPhone 5S is great, the iPhone 5 was no slouch. It certainly is capable of running email, Safari, and Whirly Word. She loves the phone, and I am happy for her.
For what is was worth, I went into T-Mobile in the Mall in Ann Arbor Michigan at around 11 am on Friday. It is located past the Apple Store in the same mall. The lines were huge at the Apple Store at 11. When we got to T-Mobile there was no line. She played with both the 5S and 5C before buying the 5C. While we where there, a line of about ten people formed. There were four people at the counter. Three of them opted for the 5c. A guy got the gold 5S, but the store was holding that one for him, as the store sold out. Everybody else in the line was getting the 5c.
Back at the Apple store (where she went to look at cases), most people were seemingly in line for the 5S. However, plenty of people were looking at the 5C and buying it. I have played with her phone for the last two days. It is a nice phone. Every bit as functional as my still awesome iPhone 5. We took it to a concert last night, and people commented positively on it. It took great pictures. I also think the battery life is better then the iPhone 5.
So, my point is the people you were asking are not an accurate source because they, like you, are all early adopters who want the latest and greatest as opposed to just somebody who wants a good phone. They, like you, probably aren't going to give up a just year old iPhone 5 to get an iPhone 5c. Apple, however, was very smart in releasing the 5c. The wait for the 5S would be much greater if Apple had to use the same fabricating equipment to meet demand for both the 5 and the 5s. The new case for the 5c allows Apple to build them quicker and put its fabricating equipment to use making the 5S. Further, Apple's new iPhones will take up more prominent display space in third party stores because there are more options to show. This equates to less space for competitors.
On a side note, I dislike the Apple cases for the 5C because you can see the FCC warnings through the case. My girlfriend ordered one from Switch Easy instead