5C will not be cheap

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    josen macrumors member

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    Why is it that people think that the new iPhone is going to be more affordable. It's simple economics, Apple is not the kind of company that would make a cheap product, they couldn't if they tried. Apple is the company that makes the most expensive products on the market

    And with the fact that people assume that the phone will seemingly have no downgraded features, and basically be with the 5 is just with plastic, I don't see how they would make that work. Even then, it wouldn't be as cheap as you think.
     
  2. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    It will probably be cheaper in China and the less affluent countries they will market it, they have much cheaper companies to compete with, less income, and Apple has a very large profit margin to work with, probably more than the 5s if they use last years ip5 parts and with the plastic casing.

    Here in the states I'm sure it will be expensive, I would guess $399 off contract, $50-$99 on contract. It's too expensive IMO, but keep in mind the full 5s will be $649 for the cheapest variant. I'm sure there are plenty of people who would be happy with the 5C in exchange for that $249, or for a cheaper contract upgrade price. Many of these people are upgrading from a 4/4S and the 5C is still an upgrade for them. The people who are upgrading from a 5, such as myself, will mostly choose the 5S, or just stay with the 5.
     
  3. josen thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't know what about it being plastic makes people think Apple might drive the price down, when the plastic iPhones were always the most expensive ones.

    $499 and $599 for plastic iPhones. 4 and 8 GB respectively. smh

    The iPhone 5C is a colorated variant of the iPhone 5. There is no "cheap" happening.
     
  4. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    When there were plastic iPhones, they were also the only iphones.
     
  5. Jamesesesesess macrumors 6502a

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    Umm, that was years ago and they were the only iPhones when they were released.

    I don't know why you seem so riled up on this topic but the 5C will certainly be cheaper than the 5S. Whether it's $100, $200, or (unlikely) any more, it'll be cheaper and it will have less features. It's just common sense.
     
  6. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    The rumors suggest that the 5C is a replacement for apple's Entry Level iPhone. They need to get rid of all 30-pin connector idevices, they will discontinue 4/4S this month, if they haven't already stopped making them.

    Take the iPhone 5 frontside & innards, remove LTE, change to Plastic back, you have a cheaper phone to produce, but, runs iOS 7 (and future iOS's) better than 4/4S.

    Also, when you do this, you can have a single universal global model like the 4S. This also makes it more practical to do more colors. Currently Apple's LTE phones require several different models depending on country/carrier, and I don't think this will change before next year (iPhone 6).
     
  7. emptysoul macrumors regular

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    If it's not cheaper than the 5S then it's a completely pointless product that is destined to fail.

    To be honest, it needs to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Express 4G to be taken seriously.
     
  8. josen thread starter macrumors member

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    It's a setup for disappointment. It might be maybe, a value iPhone but when I hear the word cheap, I'd expect it to be shoddy and almost worthless, wouldn't you?

    All of the rumored prices for the so-called cheap iPhone, has not been cheap.
     
  9. DariusX macrumors regular

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    Why do you speak as if you know the price of the 5C already? At this point, everyone is simply speculating, your speculation doesn't make any more sense than others'.
     
  10. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    The rumored "C" is for colors, plastic/fiberglass colors. But, from a business perspective, the rumors suggest it will be the new entry level iPhone...so, better than 4/4S, but, still a non-LTE phone, like the 4/4S. So, it will cost less to produce, but, it won't be cheap, except maybe on contract at $49. And, then, if you want LTE, you have to go up a step to iPhone 5 or 5S. IMO.
     
  11. emptysoul macrumors regular

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    I suspect it will have LTE for 2 reasons.

    1. LTE Radios are cheap as chips.

    2. If the are going to be the same (internally) as the iPhone 5 it would make much more sense to keep the exact same manufacturing process as much as possible.
     
  12. sviato macrumors 68020

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    Off-contract? I strongly doubt that. Everyone thought that the iPad Mini would be much cheaper but were wrong about that.
     
  13. josen thread starter macrumors member

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    Apple isn't going to change their pricing model. That just isn't going to happen.

    LTE is the new standard. If anything, the 5C might have LTE-A, in their dealings with China, Asia has faster data speeds than us.

    Apple's not going to cheapen their brand, by any means.
     
  14. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    I don't think anyone is expecting it to be cheap. But cheaper? Absolutely.
     
  15. josen thread starter macrumors member

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    I think it will just take over iPhone 5 pricing, because it will have exactly what the iPhone 5 has, except coming in colors.

    The main reason for these new phones, is because they needed something that blends with iOS 7.
     
  16. emptysoul macrumors regular

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    If anything it will be at the current price of the 4S and the 5S will sit at the current 5 pricepoint. They will stop producing the 5.
     
  17. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    Not when there are 3 models of iPhone 5 because of LTE/GSM/CDMA not in one chip yet for all countries/carriers. http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/ You're thinking of only the US, and even then there are 2 models, one GSM/LTE, one CDMA/LTE. Can you imagine adding 6 colors to 3 models? That would be 18 models, assuming one memory configuration.
    You're just dreaming. It took a long time for Apple to adopt LTE, no way they will add LTE-A yet. Not all areas in the US have LTE yet, nor are all countries adopting as fast.
    Not if they can make the 5C in one model internally instead the 3 iPhone 5 innards (again: http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/), drop LTE and you can have a single globally universal phone Apple can sell anywhere...and the only way to justify 6 colors.

    Nah, the difference will be no LTE, plastic back.
     
  18. josen thread starter macrumors member

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    So you want me to believe that they're going to introduce a 3G-only phone in 2013?

    :eek:
     
  19. emptysoul macrumors regular

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    I disagree. They are already producing all the parts for a 5C with LTE. It's just a case of putting the existing units into a a plastic housing. It would be much more difficult and costly to set up and entirely new manufacturing line just for the innards of the 5C.

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    It is EXTREMELY unlikely and would make them look quite foolish.

    Other manufacturers don't have problems manufacturing different phone colors with 4G chips that work on multiple networks in different parts of the world. Why would Apple?
     
  20. watchthisspace macrumors 6502a

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    It's entirely possible. Some emerging markets don't have LTE gaining traction, let alone on the cards.

    In New Zealand LTE 4G is barely taking off.
     
  21. javisan macrumors regular

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    Remember when we thought the iPad Mini was going to be very cheap as well (approximately $250) in order to gain customers with a budget of $200-$250 ($300 tops) that were purchasing other tablets.

    What we got was outdated hardware (internals) and a $329 price tag.

    Also, they can't cannibalize the iPod Touch's sales, so no, in no way will the iPhone C be cheap.
     
  22. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    Since they are currently selling 2 NON-LTE models: 4 & 4S, I say yes!

    But, it isn't called 3G anymore, they call it 4G since it has increased speed abilities, at least with AT&T :rolleyes:.

    The thing is, the 5S, and iOS 7 is going to be the big reveal at this special event. The 5C is simply a replacement for the entry level iPhone that will run all of iOS 7 features, which, the 4S does not.

    Apple will not just drop the current iPhone 5 model, there is no way, absolutely not, they've never done this, always get 2 years out of a form factor.

    Plus, they will drop TWO phones 4 & 4S at once, which each have different innards. So, by taking the iPhone 5 innards and only taking out the LTE chip (which has 3 variants: http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/) and putting in a single global universal GSM/CDMA (similar to 4S), they will still save costs.

    They'll still have 2 LTE models, which is more than last year. And LTE will be the upgrade incentive to get an iPhone 5 or 5S.
     
  23. Jamesesesesess macrumors 6502a

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    So you think the 5S will be $300 on contract? Lmao...

    The 5C will be $99 on contract and no more. Why would Apple make a plastic device after using higher quality materials for years, and then charge the same price as an iPhone 5?
     
  24. josen thread starter macrumors member

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    That's exactly what they'll do.

    1. Because it's Apple
    2. Because they are an American corporation
    3. Because it's not their style
    4. Apple is money hungry

    There is no way Apple is going to come out with an iPhone 5 variant that sells dramatically less than it's predecessor. If they can sell their cheap plastic Earpods at $30 a pop, if the 3G and 3GS sold at upwards of $400, you shouldn't dream of it in this day and age.

    Apple will never come out with a cheap phone. Not even their cheapest one.

    If you want a discounted phone you have choices. The iPhone 5 is $98 at Walmart that's as good as it gets.
     
  25. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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    Do you even understand that $400 off contract would be cheap if it was as good as an iPhone 5? Because an iPhone 5 off contract starts at $650. Samsung's flagship phones are $600 + as well, so I don't know why you are talking as if Apple produces the only expensive phones in the world, it makes your knowledge of the phone market seem very, very shallow.
     

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