Its not like there haven’t already been many rumors about how the iPhone 5c is not performing as well as Apple might have hoped. It has consistently been rumored by news outlets as well as market analysts that the iPhone 5c sales are weak, particularly in emerging markets, where it was expected to shine. It has also been rumored many times that as a result of weak demand, Apple has been cutting production of its “unapologetically plastic” iPhone. Latest reports coming in from China suggest that Pegatron, one of the main manufacturers of the iPhone 5c, has been ordered to cut production down to just 80,000 units per day.
The report claims that Pegatron was producing 320,000 iPhone 5c units daily in October, this gives an idea of just how drastic the production cuts are. Foxconn, Apple’s secondary manufacturer for the iPhone 5c, is believed to be producing units at a minimal level. Foxconn is apparently only producing 8-9,000 iPhone 5c units per day. On the other hand, it has been rumored that Apple has ordered Foxconn to boost iPhone 5s production as the premium smartphone continues to be in high demand. Shipping estimates for the iPhone 5s have begun to improve only recently. It remains to be seen if there will be more iPhone 5c production cuts down the line or if sales are miraculously going to get a boost around the holiday shopping season.
- 2014-03-19: Analyst Doesn't Think 8GB iPhone 5c And Relaunched iPad 4 Will Have Much Impact On Apple's March/June Quarters
- 2014-03-18: Apple Explains Why They Launched The 8GB iPhone 5c
- 2014-03-18: 8GB iPhone 5c Has Been Officially Launched In The UK
- 2014-03-17: 8GB iPhone 5c Set To Roll Out (Rumor)
- 2014-03-13: iPhone 5c's Disappointing Performance Seen In China As Well
- 2013-11-18: Foxconn Factory Reportedly Ceases iPhone 5c Production
- 2013-11-06: Apple Said To Tap More Suppliers To Increase iPhone 5c and iPad Mini Production