Apple to Discontinue iPhone 5c, Release Two Large Display iPhones Later this Year

According to The Wall Street Journal, anonymous sources have indicated that Apple plans to discontinue production of the iPhone 5c and launch two new iPhones with larger displays sometime in late 2014.

Apple to discontinue iPhone 5c

There has been much talk about the iPhone 5c sales coming in well below Apple's expectations. This cannot be confirmed however, as Apple does not disclose sales based on iPhone model. Analysts point towards ineffective pricing strategy - the colorful, plastic-backed 5c starts at $100 with a two year contract ($550 without

Larger Display, Faster Wi-Fi All But Confirmed for iPhone 6

There has been no shortage of varying rumors about the design of Apple's next incarnation of the iPhone lately, but analysts seem to agree that one change is almost certain - the display will be bigger. According to AppleInsider, Cowen and Company analyst Tim Arcuri issued a note to investors on Wednesday claiming that the iPhone 6 design has been finalized.

Apple iPhone 6

Arcuri, who derived his information by checking on companies within Apple's supply chain, believes that they will follow the trend of larger smartphone displays by designing the next generation iPhone with a 4.8 inch screen. This would be a twenty percent increase in size over the 4 inch displays of the the iPhone 5c and 5s. He also

Report: Apple Stores to Start Replacing iPhone 5c and 5s Parts

Apple retail stores will begin offering hardware repairs for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, according to a report published by 9to5Mac. iPhone 5s and 5c owners who are not covered under Apple's AppleCare warranty will be able to pay $149 for a screen replacement and $79 for a new battery. iPhone 5c customers will also be able to buy a new Home button for $29. However, Apple employees will not be able to replace Touch ID Home buttons for the iPhone 5s.

Broken iPhone 5s

Allowing employees to repair damaged iPhones in-store will save Apple money from having to fully replace devices. 9to5Mac's sources revealed that Apple has already begun shipping the "replacement parts, new iPhone screen calibration machines, and training manuals" for the repairs to a few retail locations.

DisplaySearch Predicts 5.7-inch iPhone and iWatch in Apple Pipeline

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are only a few weeks old, but that hasn't stopped analysts from speculating on future Apple products. The latest comes from David Hsieh of NPD DisplaySearch, who claims Apple will launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.7-inch iPhone with a 1,920 x 1,080 display in 2014.

NPD DisplaySearch Apple

Apple is also working on a 12.9-inch iPad with a 2,732 × 2,048 resolution display, a Retina MacBook Air with 12-inch screen, a 1.3-inch and 1.63-inch iWatch with a 320 × 320 flexible AMOLED display, and a 55-inch and 65-inch Apple TV, according to the research note.

iPhone 5s Reportedly in Short Supply

Multiple online sources are saying the supply of the iPhone 5s will be “extremely limited” upon its September 20th release . If you’re in the market for the white/silver and white/gold colored phones, you might have an even harder time getting your hands on those models than you will the “Space Gray” versions. “An average of three out of every four units” will come in that color according to 9to5Mac.

iPhone 5s

Unlike the iPhone 5c, the 5s was not available for pre-order, so those seeking the new device will have to either wait by the computer on Thursday night for the clock to strike 12:01, or rush to a local retailer first thing Friday morning. Although the cause of this shortage has not been confirmed, BGR speculates this lack of supply could be the reason for the ban on pre-launch sales. All available stock is being reserved for stores on the day of release.


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