Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Mar 2014 10:28 UTC

Apple is adding a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C to its smartphone lineup. The new model first appeared on UK carrier O2's site, but has since been added to a number of international Apple Stores including the UK, Australia, and China. In the UK, it's priced at £429, £40 ($66 including sales tax) less than the 16GB model. Should Apple choose to bring the new budget model to the US, the price seems likely to fall somewhere around $499.

An 8GB smartphone for $500. You can buy six Lumia 520s for that - almost one for every day of the week. You have to be utterly void of common sense to buy this phone. Then again, that seems to be the general attitude towards the 5C anyway.

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RE[5]: 5C rip-off
by leos on Thu 20th Mar 2014 20:06 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: 5C rip-off"
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Well, Apple has dipped into the low-end realm, albeit not with a smartphone, and it was a good product: The Mac mini. It's had a few bumps in the road (Core Solo, integrated Intel 9xx video) but it's been in constant production in one version or another since 2005.

Mac mini is not really low end though. It is perhaps medium end, but you can get PCs much cheaper if you're looking for low end (unless you're saying that exact form factor, in which case there just isn't a low end).

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RE[6]: 5C rip-off
by Morgan on Thu 20th Mar 2014 22:40 in reply to "RE[5]: 5C rip-off"
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My point was that Apple said "we don't know how to make a cheap Mac" then turned right around and made one anyway; the mini is indeed low end for a Mac. They could very well make a low end iPhone, but they probably won't, as you pointed out above with your Porsche analogy. It's a different company today than it was when the Mac mini came out.

Besides, most people with iPhones here in the US tend to get them on contract, therefore heavily subsidized. My old carrier, Sprint, is offering the iPhone 5 for "free" right now. For that reason, a low end iPhone will probably never make it to our shores. Still, I think it's a shame because that same low end iPhone could be had for $200 off contract and would make it available for those of us on prepaid services to reasonably afford.

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