Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Oct 2013 08:46 UTC

Apple has told two suppliers of its lower-cost iPhone 5C that it is reducing orders in the fourth quarter, according to a report by Dow Jones news agency Wednesday, raising concerns about weaker-than-expected demand for the new product.

Apple began selling it's the new low-price option last month in 11 markets, including the U.S. and China, but consumers have focused on the more expensive 5S model, which was launched at the same time.

While demand for the costlier version, that comes with a fingerprint sensor and faster chips, outstripped expectations - especially the gold-colored version - the iPhone 5C has failed to generate as much interest.

Leave it to the media to turn higher-than-expected demand for the more expensive model into bad news.

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by majipoor on Wed 16th Oct 2013 16:44 UTC
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Fact is that the 5C is #2 model in US for two carriers and #3 for two more carriers, the 5S being #1 at all carriers and the S4 being the #2 or #3: the 5C sell probably as well as the S4 in US.

Moreover, the 5S being the only "new iPhone" from a technological point of view, it is logical that early adopters prefer this model. I would bet the 5C is a long term bet for Apple.

I don't know whether Apple own estimates were even higher (but nobody knows), and US is not the world, but considering that the S4 is also an expensive smartphone and apparently does not match Samsung own previsions, it is quite safe to say that the iPhone 5C does sell roughly as well as the Galaxy S4.

I guess Nokia, HTC. Motorola, Blackberry would love to have such a poor seller in their portfolio.

Amazing how the financial press can turn ANY piece information into bad news for apple.

Edited 2013-10-16 16:46 UTC

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