RIP iPhone 5c – Apple Silently Kills Off Its Unapologetically Plastic Smartphone
While the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were the big highlights of today's 'Hey Siri, give us a hint' event, many were expecting Apple to introduce a 4-inch smartphone which would be the successor to the iPhone 5c, which was launched alongside the iPhone 5s back in 2013. Today, there was no 4-inch iPhone, as the Cupertino tech giant went one step ahead and instead killed off the iPhone 5c altogether.
Apple didn't announce the demise of the iPhone 5c vocally on stage, but if you take a close look at its official website - apple.com - it's fairly obvious that the plastic laden smartphone has lived out its life and it was time for it to make a silent exit.
The iPhone 5c was announced back in 2013 along with the iPhone 5s, and while the smartphone wasn't a hit, it didn't prove to be a failure either. The sole purpose of the device was to give consumers more choice apart from the fairly obvious iPhone 5s release. Many expected the iPhone 5c to be a budget smartphone, but given its $549 price tag for an unlocked device, it definitely doesn't fall into the 'cheaper' handset category by any means.
The pricing story is completely different if you considered buying the iPhone 5c directly from a carrier, however, as the handset was sold for free, and you only had to pay the usual contract charges which are tied to your wireless network of choice.
With the iPhone 5c out of the equation, and the iPhone 5s replacing it with a price tag of 'free' on a two-year contract with a carrier, Apple's entire lineup of smartphones has gone metal, literally.
The iPhone 5c was essentially an iPhone 5 wrapped around in a plastic shell with a slightly larger battery unit, which is a clear sign in itself that the smartphone's internals were miserably aged, and it was time for the device to make a silent exit.
If you've been wanting to buy an iPhone 5c, then the good news for you is that the iPhone 5s directly replaces it. And given the fact that the iPhone 5s is powered by a powerful 64-bit A7 chip, it's a handset that holds its own in terms of performance and quality.
Do you, as a reader, believe that Apple made a smart move removing the iPhone 5c from its smartphone lineup? Do share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. We love to hear back from you.