Apple Substituting Some 16GB iPhone 5c Models In Need of Replacement With 32GB Models

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    For the foreseeable future, Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will offer some customers who own a 16GB iPhone 5c that's in need of replacement a 32GB model instead.

    Apple shared the new directive with Apple Authorized Service Providers this morning.


    "Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice," reads the note that was sent out today.

    Not all 16GB iPhone 5c replacements will be upgraded to 32GB devices instead, but some customers who take their iPhone 5c models in for repair for a manufacturing issue or other problem may see an upgrade to the larger capacity 32GB model.

    Apple did not offer a reason why some 16GB iPhone 5c models are being replaced with 32GB models, but it's often due to available supply at any given time.

    The iPhone 5c was first introduced alongside the iPhone 5s in September of 2013, and it's the only 4-inch iPhone that Apple has introduced with a colorful plastic exterior.

    Apple stopped offering 16 and 32GB iPhone 5c models for sale in most countries in September of 2014, but continued selling an 8GB model until September of 2015. In India, the iPhone 5c was still available through February of 2016, but since that time, the iPhone 5c has been fully discontinued in all countries.

    Article Link: Apple Substituting Some 16GB iPhone 5c Models In Need of Replacement With 32GB Models
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68040


    Sep 23, 2005
    Did the clock issue universally affect the 5c?
  3. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    We hardly ever hear about the 5c..
    I’d forgotten it even existed.
  4. Kabeyun macrumors 68020


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Sue them!! I only wanted 16GB!!! 32GB makes me feel bloated. They deceived us! Class action!! Lawyer, lawyer!! Who’s with me?!?!
  5. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2015
    Long Beach, California
    It's for the better. It should have never existed.
  6. ghost187 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2010
    How can you forget! It was "unapologetically" plastic. :D
  7. realeric macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    Oh, that’s not good as Phil Schiller said 16GB would be enough.
  8. Massy1989 macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2016
    I would have bought the device if it wasn't just a rewrapped iPhone 5...Colors are fun! Just look at the watch bands...

    I know several people who bought an iPhone 5c and enjoyed it, but for anyone who wanted the fastest device available at the wasn't really in the same category as the 5s.

    Apple's aluminum obsession is quite annoying to me. But then again, does the material really matter all that much? The majority of people slap a case on their phone regardless.
  9. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    This level of transparency is getting out of hand too much generosity is gonna cost ya
  10. mithion macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2016
    Reno, NV
    My first iPhone was a 5c and I really liked that phone. Granted the A6 processor was starting to be a little sluggish with iOS 10 but I wasn't prepared to pay the premium for the 5s at the time. Otherwise it served me well for 3 years.
  11. LotusLord macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2008
    The Capital of the Land of Cheese and Beer
    I feel like my mom might have an 8 gig model. It's absolutely insufficient (plus the whole 32 bit, not compatible with iOS 11 thing.)
  12. FrozenInferno macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    My wife had one of these for a short time. Out of all the iPhones we've had over the last eight years or so ranging from the 3GS to her current iPhone 7 that 5C was by far the worst of the bunch as far as build quality is concerned.
  13. TheTruth101 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2017
    It is better than the X. Except for the camera. Value vs price. The 5 is a bargain.
  14. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    Surprised they're doing anything with it at all considering it doesn't even support iOS 11. I didn't even realize until I tried to add my mother-in-law to my HomeKit network only to be told I couldn't.
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    Oh, come on... that's just absurd.
  15. HiVolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    They should just ask the user to give them $50 and upgrade them to an SE. That would be a grand gesture.
  16. cyberdocwi macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2018
    My wife and I have iPhone 5c units, and they work well for what we ask of them. My kids screwed mine up, and I had, with gritted teeth to upgrade iOS 10 in order to reset it. I would like to take it back to iOS 9 and let it be the zippy phone I had last year.

    I don't need big speedy screens on a phone, and it has my beloved headphone jack that mates well with the Harmon Karden noise cancelling headphones I have. Still in my original OtterBox.

    I use it as a phone, occasionally use Apple Maps to tell me where to aim my car, and it works nicely as a hotspot. That's all I want it to do. If I need more screen, I have an iPad or my MacBook Pro.
  17. k3ith macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2007
    New York, NY
    Sounds bleak
  18. pdaholic macrumors 65816


    Jun 22, 2011
    As sluggish as my 6 is, I can’t imagine how annoying it must be to use a 5!
  19. GCHASE1995 macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2015
    You can downgrade it 8.4.1 ‍♂️
  20. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Why would Apple be replacing any 5c's in early 2018? Are there any models still covered by AC+? Or are these out-of-warranty replacements.
  21. cyberdocwi macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2018

    I wasn't smart enough to save off the firmware, and Apple doesn't sign older versions. Do you have a link on how to do this? I would go to 8, and then try to get it to 9 from there. That is worth a shot.

    And to the other fella, no my life is not bleak. Music sounds fine. I drive a non-bluetooth car. I am 25+ years out of high school. Phone is doing precisely what I want it to do: make calls, be a hotspot, and occasionally tell me where I need to drive. I don't need a $1K device (new iPhone X) to do this for me. Have other things to spend money on, like a fishing boat, or maybe a home IMAX theater.
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  23. gugy macrumors 68040


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    Damn, my son has a 5C that the battery is dead. AppleCare is gone. Wonder if I should take it to the Apple store but at this point i guess should just recycle it and don't bother.
  24. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2015
    Long Beach, California
    That's just a silly thing to say.

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