Display Panel Shipment Projections Suggest iPhone 5c May Be More Popular Than iPhone 5s

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Shipment volumes of the display panels used in Apple's new iPhone 5s are expected to reach 10-15 million units in the third quarter of 2013, according to industry sources cited by Digitimes. Primary Apple supplier Sharp is expected to produce 7 million units, with LG Display and Japan Display expected to pick up the rest of the orders for the recently announced device.

    The report also states that display panel orders for the lower-cost iPhone 5c are expected to reach 30 million units in the fourth quarter, with analysts suggesting that the high volume of panel shipments for the iPhone 5c may signal an expectation set by Apple for the mid-range device to do well in the region.
    Previously, it was reported that iPhone 5s production would be limited to 3-4 million units in Q3 2013 due to shortages of the device's fingerprint sensor, which Apple is touting as a key feature. Additionally, a report earlier this year stated that Apple had sent orders for LCD panels for the iPhone 5S to all three companies in June, with Japan Display gearing up production levels as of last month.

    The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will go on sale in nine countries on September 20, with the iPhone 5c available for pre-order on September 13. Apple is not accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5s.

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  2. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Neither of these phones will be hard to find

    Buzz is next to zero, but it will sell millions
  3. syd430, Sep 12, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 12, 2013

    syd430 Guest

    I still can't figure out who is going to buy this thing.

    Edit: at that price point
  4. pancakedrawer macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    Shipments don't indicate popularity. Don't believe me, ask Microsoft.
  5. Adam552 macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2006
    Liverpool, UK.
    I prefer the appearance of the 5c, I also prefer the look of my iPhone 5 to the 5s.

    Not surprised if it were to be more popular really, it's cheaper, runs fast enough for average user. I'd buy one over the 5s probably.
  6. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    but here apple has a phone that is slightly more expensive but a much better device. that scenario wasnt or isnt there with the computers
  7. aikomhoch macrumors member

    May 23, 2003
    Long Island
    This is a good phone for younger people. A friend of mine is buying a 5c for his 11 year old son. Kid wants 32gigs so he can shoot some video and mess around, but he doesn't need top of the line new phone. Saves the family some upfront money. I believe this phone will be very popular for middle schoolers and high schoolers.
  8. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    50% of iPhone sales in the last year were not iPhone 5. Meaning half the buyers went for 4 or 4s. Since the 5c is billed as an all new model, and will appeal to some folks on color alone, I assume that number not buying the flagship model will rise.

    Personally, I agree - would much rather pay $100 more (not much over the life of the contract) for the flagship model. But prior selling trends indicate the 5c will do very well.
  9. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    Oh my, so are you saying that the forum posters here with no knowledge or experience in the industry are wrong?
  10. jameslmoser macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    I'm betting the cost difference between the two models is going to increase after launch.
  11. BruiserB macrumors 65816

    Aug 9, 2008
    I wonder if the 5c will actually be more profitable for Apple than the 5s? They seem to be pushing it almost more strongly than the flagship...allowing pre-orders, cool cases, etc. Don't know how much the A7 and the fingerprint sensor cost but maybe they actually make the 5s the lower margin phone?
  12. inselstudent macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2012
    So there are different displays in the two devices? Is it known yet whether there's an IGZO panel in the 5s?
  13. Klae17 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    Here are my two questions:

    How many 5S will be at launch day?

    How many iPhones can you buy at launch?
  14. twoehr macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2013
    East Coast US
    I agree with you. The goal is to maximize profit, not sell the most of the most expensive product (the two are rarely the same). Assuming Apple's profit is equal for both products I could see them allowing the 5c to cannibalize 5s sales. They'll make the same and be able to say the 5c was a success to the doubters.
  15. Vctr macrumors regular

    May 24, 2012
    Yea that would be a question I have too. I thought it was the same exact display on both phones?
  16. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I understand, but people are not that stupid this day & age. We shall see if it was a 'brilliant' move by the exes to get more $ or if people won't buy the $200 version at all.
  17. DRP52 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2013
    Can't Decide!!!

    I am stuck with an iPhone 4. Works perfectly, but should I update to the iPhone 5s? You have to take into account that I will be locked in with this plan for 3 years. Last years model with a plastic case is not an option. Your opinions please!!!!!
  18. Sodner macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I got my daughter a iPhone 5 16GB model a few months ago. (She refused to wait for the new models.)

    I know that if we were buying a new phone with the new options, we would be getting the 32GB 5c. She could care less about aluminum unibody construction. She's rather have more space and I suspect would love the color choices.

    There is a market for the 5c.

    Sorry to those who want an iPhone for $100 off contract. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
  19. KazKam macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2011

    Apple never said they were producing a lower cost iPhone, the tech media and analysts just assumed that the 5C would be cheap. You all know what they say about making assumptions.

    All Apple has done is the same thing they do every iPhone releases... Release an improved top of the line, and bump older models down in price by $100/tier. There's just a small twist this time. They rewrapped the 5 in the 5C shell... for two reasons: 1) to differentiate it from the 5S, since the 5 and 5s look nearly identical, and 2) to appease or appeal to those who would already be prepared to buy the last gen 5 (if it wasn't called the 5C) and give 'em a few color options in the process.

    #1 is the main reason. If anything, I think the 5C will sell MORE 5Ss.
  20. Casiotone macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2008
    I suspect that Apple won't be able to produce enough 5S to satisfy the initial demand because of the new CPU, co-processor and fingerprint reader, each one of them has the potential to have constrained supply.

    Hopefully a lot of people having a hard time finding a 5S could end up getting a 5C, something that may have not happened if the alternative was only "last year's iPhone".

    So what's your bets on how many iPhones Apple will sell in the first week-end of availability?

    They sold 5 million iPhone 5 last year in the 1st w-e. With the 5C which will be easy to mass-produce, the expanded launch around the world and the fact that the iPhone market is still growing, they may be able to sell at least 10 million of them in the first week-end.
  21. AWTTech macrumors newbie


    Sep 12, 2013
    New Orleans
    From my point of view, shipment projections do not suggest anything. Look at Microsoft. ;)
  22. kdog0126 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    It will sell millions...kids and women will love it. And they aren't buying at full price. Most will get on contract for $99. Buying two for my kids...upgrade from iPhone 4


  23. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Cost of entry is what matters. The base model of everything - phones, cars, computers, etc always sells by far the best. There is a lower cost of entry to the 5c than the flagship. The fact that there is also a more expensive 5c changes my prior statement not one bit.
  24. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Straw man.
  25. absurdamerica macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2011

    Agreed, but the "lower cost of entry" applied to the previous approach of reselling the old flagship at a reduced price. So customers are going to line up and pay the same price differential for the same product as they would have previously, just repackaged in a plastic shell?

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