The iPhone 5c myth

“The belief that the 5c didn’t do well was nothing more than a myth,” Gene Steinberg reports for The Tech Night Owl. “”

“A report about research data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech… reported that, in a survey covering UK customers, the 5c actually outsold Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, in May. Last we forget, the iPhone 5c came out last September, but the Samsung was released in late April of this year,’ Steinberg reports. “The claim that the iPhone 5c was unsuccessful is simply not borne out by the facts. Maybe it didn’t sell as many units as Apple expected, but that’s actually a good thing from a profit and loss standpoint, because it generally means more sales of the 5s.”

Read more in the full article here.

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What will Apple do with the ‘poor, unloved’ iPhone 5c? (‘Poor and unloved’ as in outsold every Android flagship phone) – June 12, 2014
Why would anyone buy an iPhone 5c instead of an iPhone 5s? – September 10, 2013

31 Comments

            1. You are being a hypocrit. A logical response on your part would be to post a relevant comment. Wasting my time with your irrelevant ax grinding comment is a prick move.

  1. Apple naysayers are living in an echo-chamber bubble. This helps Apple to blindside the competition from time to time and burst the bubble. The not-so-smart naysayers start blowing up the bubble again. Endless cycle.

  2. I would be curious to see how much of a percentage the Apple iPhone 5c sales are for business versus personal use. Everyone at my corporation was just upgraded to the 5c, even if they were given a 4S a month ago.

    1. Who is the Einstein that made that decision?
      Unless they were getting them on a leftover sale (very possible), it makes no sense to buy a 5c when the much superior 5s only costs a little more. When looking at the total cost of ownership, the difference is trivial.

      1. Depends on the number of phones you are ordering. For 1000 handsets, the difference is $10,000 plus tax. The company has to ask whether it (the company itself, not the individual employees) is getting that much extra value if the 5c can do everything the company wants or needs. The 5s will probably last longer, but that doesn’t matter if the company policy is to swap out all the instruments on a 1-3 year cycle.

      2. It was my understanding that AT&T was really pushing the 5C. Everyone in the company is on a two-year cycle. However, AT&T offered to upgrade every single one of our employees to 5C regardless of how long they’d had their current phone. You can move a lot of 5Cs like that.

        1. People forget that the older 4s is still functional and valuable. The company can sell it or use it as back up when people lose or drop their new phones.

          just saying.

  3. The iPhone 5c is really the previous year’s iPhone 5, with plastic casing. The colorful exterior allowed Apple to lower production cost, and differentiate it (in appearance) from the iPhone 5s.

    As the “middle” choice in the iPhone lineup, it sold far better than previous “second year” iPhones which had that “$99 with contract” slot. So, it was successful in its role.

    In the next lineup, I expect the iPhone 5c to continue into its final year (third technical design year), in the “free with contract” slot. And I think it will become even more successful…

  4. Next up, a translation and evaluation of the jouranalistic turd.

    1. “There’s a common meme in the tech and financial media that Apple’s mid-priced iPhone 5c was an embarrassing failure.”

    Modern day jouranalism: what you get when you put common without the sense.

    2. “Now the design scheme behind the iPhone 5c was obvious.”

    It was back then as well obvious to all but the most moronic of individuals, which of course includes modern day jouranalists.

    3. “In any case, the presumed failure of the iPhone 5c was yet another alleged example of Tim Cook’s supposedly failed leadership at Apple.”

    Written of course by someone incapable of leading a riot.

    4. “So came a commentary from commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, in AppleInsider, which revealed the iPhone 5c had actually smoked competing smartphones from Android and other mobile platforms. This wasn’t the first time Daniel had provided evidence that a failure wasn’t a failure after all, and that the belief that the 5c didn’t do well was nothing more than a myth.”

    And do jouranalist learn, maybe do some research, use facts? Heck no, what DED did had integrity, that has nothing to do with modern day jouranalism,

    5. “a typical example of how the media plays it backwards with Apple.”

    Yes it’s Amurdercan jouranalism at it’s best, inspired by their god of propaganda:

    “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

    ― Adolf Hitler

    6. “The fact of the matter, though, is that the claim that the iPhone 5c was unsuccessful is simply not borne out by the facts.”

    Modern day jouranalism and facts, like oil and water, like the United Hates and peace, diametrically opposed ideas.

    7. “You see, we live in a bubble that doesn’t always conform to the real world.”

    Change that to “hardly ever conforms to the real world.” and you have a pretty clear idea of modern day news reporting.

    8. “But the fact is that the iPhone 5c is clearly not a failure, and lots more people move to the iPhone than the other way around. Only in an alternate universe would that be bad news.”

    And for a trip to that alternative universe, fly Quiteass airlines and visit the homeland of their great iCon hero, Rolf Harris.

    1. Really? You have this much free time on your hands? Wow! Try volunteering at your local food pantry or Salvation Army. Plant a garden. Do something constructive with your life.

      1. There is nothing I’ve said in my post the precludes my involvement with a volunteer organization or recreational activity such as you suggested. It certainly does not take me the 8 hours of a working day to compose what I did.

        Insofar as what your reply towards the ideas I have mentioned, oh wait, you haven’t put forth a single comment about the ideas I have mentioned, you’ve just went for the messenger.

        Please, don’t ever try to enter a debate with that approach, you’ll be trashed, unless of course you are debating with an Amurdercan, it’s part of their debate strategy, along with smoke and mirror.

        Have a good day.

      1. Fair enough, goodness knows it’s always worth double checking. I got the quote from “http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/553-if-you-tell-a-big-enough-lie-and-tell-it”

        There is an article about the big lie on wiki, and it mentions Goebbels:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_lie

        and another interesting one here.

        http://thinklings.org/posts/goebbels-quote-does-it-really-mean-that

        I also found this, which isolates the origin of the quote (the big lie) from the source, Hitler’s book Mein Kamp.

        http://bytwerk.com/gpa/falsenaziquotations.htm

        “In this they [the Jews] proceeded on the sound principle that the magnitude of a lie always contains a certain factor of credibility, since the great masses of the people in the very bottom of their hearts tend to be corrupted rather than consciously and purposely evil, and that, therefore, in view of the primitive simplicity of their minds, they more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a little one, since they themselves lie in little things, but would be ashamed of lies that were too big. Such a falsehood will never enter their heads, and they will not be able to believe in the possibility of such monstrous effrontery and infamous misrepresentation in others.…” (p. 231 of the Manheim translation)

        I found it quite interesting to peruse through the net and find the origin of the quote, what it actually was and the context (he was talking about the Jews of Vienna at the time) so I’d like to thank you for your comment and approach.

        Enjoy your day.

      2. There is a pretty good rundown on the genesis of the Big Lie theory here:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_lie

        It did, indeed, originate from Hitler, but it was a process he attributed to the Jews, not an admittance of NAZI methods. But I think the master propagandist, Goebbels, certainly applied it in his work. He certainly embraced the idea.

        1. Thanks for that Sparks, and applepostle, it is a nice read. I found this tidbit from the other site I referred to be amusing as well.

          “Now, Hitler was entirely willing to lie — but in public he insisted that he and his propaganda were truthful.”

          I guess the big lie is a good idea regarding propaganda and that it’s still used today, goodness knows the media sure uses the concept when it comes to Apple, as demonstrated by the iPhone 5c myth article.

          Have a good one.

    1. Possibly.

      And if we do, MDN will decry it as a stupid idea that no one will buy (like they did with the 5c) and then when it’s successful they will jump on the bandwagon and criticize anyone who doubted it.

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