iphone 5c, what was apple thinking?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by elf69, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    OK not all Iphone 5c models just the one my grand niece has.

    Her mum not knowing anything decided to buy a used iphone in a 2nd hand shop in town.

    uh oh....

    Well she bought a 5c.

    My grand niece loves it but cant use it much.

    Her mum bought the 8G model.
    What was apple thinking?
    16G is low enough.

    She has a few apps and such but after taking a few photos and she gets some text from friend it keeps crashing.
    Tells her to delete some stuff or like today, tell her plug it into itunes.

    I got go round after work and reset it, she does not have a computer only an android tablet.

    Anyone else have issues with low capacity iphones?
    some android hav 4GB but at least there an SD slot!
  2. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Desired effect achieved - its only a matter of time before you give up and hand your niece a shiny new iPhone with larger capacity. Apple adds two phone sales to its register!
  3. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    It's easy to find out about before purchasing so shouldn't be an issue. Need more space, buy bigger space.
  4. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    My grand niece mum is, should I say this?

    The "typical" blonde.....

    oh iphone looks nice but no idea on specs so buys it anyway.

    If I bought a phone for her it would have been android.

    A) she has android tablet so knows the system and app store

    B) has sd card slot!

    But I did not buy the device so I am forever helping her reset/delete what ever to get it going again.

    It is sad coz her big sister got a £1300 macbook 2 xmas's ago but her mum will not even buy her a netbook to reset her own iphone.
  5. ARizz44 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    Sounds like this is not so much a case of "what was Apple thinking" and more a case of "what was your grand niece mum thinking". Believe it or not there are people out there who can make 8GB work because they don't choose to store music, photos, etc. locally. They need something to call or text with and the phone works for that. A buyer is responsible for doing their homework prior to purchasing.
  6. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    True but after you upgraded the IOS with apple updates then even for those users space is ever shrinking.

    I have a work colleague who does not even have a smart phone yet.
    He always looking at the rest of us with smart phones and says how good it be to do stuff.

    But he will not upgrade.
    We all work in the IT trade and many customers ask about smartphone help.

    He lost and send customer to us.

    Guess some people like it simple :)
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    And yet, when I make that argument here about buying a nexus android device that gets immediate updates, people (not necessarily you) tell me that's too confusing for the end user and fragmentation and blah blah blah.

    I think there's a large subset of folks that don't understand data. They just don't. My mom doesn't understand that an email with pictures is MANY times larger than an email with text. We are talking like two times the size. We are talking like 2000 lol. It just doesn't make sense to a person who sees things like email and photos as tangible items (like what you might physically mail) and not digital items. The same goes with data plans. Most people have no idea how much data they "need". I can see the complete lack of consumer awareness and understanding. Price and brand they understand.

    As far as what Apple was thinking, in my eyes it was a money grab. And one that ultimately failed. Apple realized the market deman with the SE and decided to tap into it. Much smarter move IMO.
  8. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    She sounds like a good candidate for "iCloud Photo Library" and the "Optimize" setting "ON".

    For 99 cents a month (US price) she'd get (currently) 50GB of iCloud storage space. The iPhone will upload, to her iCloud Photo Library, the original, high-resolution photos she takes and leave only a MUCH smaller, iPhone screen size version of each on the iPhone.
  9. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    What's the point of this thread?

    There are plenty of people that can make an 8gb iPhone work for them. Are you just complaining for the sake of complaining?
  10. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    not really but until I seen her phone I thought 16gb was smallest they did.
  11. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    The original iPhone was introduced at 4GB and 8GB. I used my 4GB iPhone for over three years as my main phone, and I still use it today and an iPod. Not that I'd want to go back to that now, but it can be done!
  12. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Well to be fair, the original iPhone had a 2MP camera which means photos took much less space than the 8MP ones on the 5C, and you couldn't even shoot video whatsoever.
  13. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    8 GB models aren't exactly standard. They're usually offered as the "free" on contract option for carriers.
  14. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    iCloud Photo Library wouldn't help with the app sizes or the possible picture messages she receives from friends, as those are stored as app data for iMessage. Also, there's no need for her to spend the $.99/mo when she could just use Google photos for free. Google photos would also incorporate the Android tablet she already uses, and allow her to look at photos on that device as well.
  15. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    she does use Imessage alot as it is free, her phone is PAYG

    her sister, myself and my partner are her main contacts and we all have iphones.

    I think for time being she is going to have to adapt and regularly download any photos she takes and clear message history.

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