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Apple iPhone 5C reportedly forcing buyers to buy the iPhone 5S

We all know more units of the Apple iPhone 5S are sold compared to the iPhone 5C, despite the fruity coloured blower being cheaper. So what’s the reason behind this? According to a study, the iPhone 5C forces buyers to get their hands on the more expensive iPhone 5S.

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re/code reports CIRP (Consumer Intelligence Research Partners) analyst Josh Lowitz saying in an email, “The design update worked for Apple, since the would-be mid-priced [iPhone] 5 customers seem to have migrated to the higher priced flagship 5s. The jury is out on how successful the 5c was in attracting new customers, but we do know that Apple increased the average selling price of iPhones overall.”

He adds, “If the old iPhone 5 had been the mid-priced phone, we expect that it would have sold a higher percentage of iPhones than the 5c did, as previous mid-priced legacy iPhones have. The 5c seems to have been designed to force certain buyers to the 5s.”

Interesting theory. If true, this would mean that certain buyers opt to shell out more money on the iPhone 5S, simply because they are disappointed with the iPhone 5C. The question is, was this a deliberate move on Apple’s part?

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Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C off to a slow start in China – only 100,000 units preordered from China Mobile in the first two days

Apple has recently struck a deal with China Mobile, the biggest network operator in China and the world. As a result, the Cupertino firm was expected to make a killing selling iPhones in China. It looks like, however, that the Apple iPhone 5S and the Apple iPhone are off to a slow start, as analysts are saying that China Mobile has only accepted 100,000 units of both handsets in the first two days of availability.iphone_5s_5c

AllThingsD reports, “Wedge Partners figures China Mobile accepted about 100,000 preorders for the iPhone 5s and 5c during the first two days of availability.

“Interestingly, that’s fewer than rival carriers managed when the devices first launched a few months back. In September, China Unicom racked up about 120,000 preorders and China Telecom about 150,000 for the 5s and 5c both.

“How is it that China Mobile, which currently provides cell service to over 763 million customers, is pulling in fewer iPhone preorders than its smaller rivals? One thing to keep in mind: It’s still early and this is only a single estimate. Another: The 5s and 5c are two months old now, and China Mobile isn’t doing much to differentiate them on its network. According to Wedge, its subsidies are similar to China Telecom’s and slightly higher than China Unicom’s.”

Speaking to the site, Wedge analyst Brian Blair said, “What’s important to remember is these phones launched in September. Now here we are several months later and there’s no subsidy being offered that’s so special that the preorders are off the charts. If this had been in September when the phone launched globally, I think the numbers would be a lot higher.”

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Apple iPhone 5S outsells Apple iPhone 5C three to one in the UK

Which iPhone is more popular in the UK? Is it the Apple iPhone 5S, or is it the Apple iPhone 5C? According to Kantar World Panel, it is the iPhone 5S, outselling the 5C three to one.iphone_5s_5c

Kantar reports, “The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to October 2013, shows that the new iPhone 5C and 5S models have helped boost Apple’s market share compared to the previous month, but have not yet seen the same uplift as when the iPhone 5 was released. Across Europe, Android remains the number one OS with 70.9% share, with Apple holding 15.8%.”

Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, said, “In almost all markets, the iPhone 5S and 5C releases have given iOS a significant bounce compared to the previous month. Generally, Apple’s share of the market still remains lower than when the iPhone 5 was released, although this is not wholly unexpected as shoppers tend to react more positively to ‘full’ releases than incremental improvements such as the 5S and 5C.

“However, the new releases have led to spectacular results in certain markets. In Japan, where the iPhone is now available via the country’s largest carrier NTT DoCoMo, Apple’s share hit 76.1% during October. In the US, Apple’s October share reached 52.8%. Mainland Europe remains more challenging for iOS, particularly in markets like Italy and Germany where handset subsidies are far lower. Britain is more positive; iOS sales share is now at 28.7% for the last 3 months, with sales driven by the higher-end 5S model which has outsold the 5C by three to one since their release.”

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Sunnebo adds, “The cheaper 5C appeals to a broader audience than Apple usually attracts. In the US, the biggest demand for these mid-end models is coming from lower income households. Some 42% of iPhone 5C owners earn less than $49,000 compared with just 21% for iPhone 5S. iPhone 5C customers also tend to be slightly older at an average of 38 years compared to 34 years for the 5S. The good news for Apple is that this wider appeal is attracting significant switching from competitors. Almost half of iPhone 5C owners switched from competitor brands, particularly Samsung and LG, compared with 80% of 5S owners who upgraded from a previous iPhone model.”

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Apple Stores to offer screen replacements and repairs for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, report says

A report is saying that Apple Stores will soon offer screen replacements and repairs for the Apple iPhone 5S and the Apple iPhone 5C.iphone_5s_5c

9to5Mac reports, “The sources say that Apple will be providing its stores with special machinery to replace the touchscreens on both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. These machines will be used specifically to calibrate the displays. The screen replacements cost $149 for each device, and this price point is significantly more affordable than the several-hundred dollars required to completely replace a device with a damaged/cracked screen.

“In addition to displays, Apple will have the capability to replace the volume buttons, vibrating motor, rear-camera, and speaker system on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Apple Stores will be able to replace the conventional Home button on the iPhone 5c, but it does not appear that Apple will be able to conduct swaps for the Touch ID-based button on the iPhone 5s.

“If a customer’s iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c is under an AppleCare warranty, part replacements due to defects will be free of charge. If the iPhone is not under warranty, there will be fees for individual part replacements. For example, a battery replacement will cost $79, and a new iPhone 5c Home button will cost $29.

“The screen replacements inside Apple Stores typically take approximately one hour (sometimes around 30 minutes), but that amount time may be considered short in comparison to the amount of time required for syncing, backing up, and replacing content on a brand-new replacement iPhone.”

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Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C now available in 35 countries – to be available in 100 countries by 2014

Apple has announced that the Apple iPhone 5S and the Apple iPhone 5C is now available in 35 countries and will be available in 100 countries by 2014.iphone_5s_5c

Apple announced in a press release, “iPhone 5s, the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, and iPhone 5c, the most colorful iPhone yet, will be available in Italy, Russia, Spain and more than 25 additional countries on Friday, October 25. iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will also be available in more than a dozen countries on Friday, November 1, including India and Mexico.

“iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including the Apple-designed A7 64-bit chip, all-new 8 megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5c features an all-new design, packed with features people know and love like the beautiful 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast performance of the A6 chip, and the 8 megapixel iSight camera—all while delivering great battery life. iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c both offer more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world and include all-new FaceTime HD cameras.

“iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c come with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, featuring a stunning new user interface, completely redesigned with an elegant color palette, distinct, functional layers and subtle motion that make it feel more alive. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes.”

The new iPhones are available “in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. iPhone 5s and 5c will also be available on Friday, November 1 in Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE. Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are currently available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.”

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