iPhone 5C price revealed as £230-£320, replacing iPhone 5

News Clare Hopping 16:52, 20 Aug 2013

The iPhone 5C is speculated to cost between £230 and £320 and will replace the iPhone 5

The iPhone 5C will replace the iPhone 5 on the shelf and it will cost between £230 and £320 SIM free.

The news comes from KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo who says the iPhone 5C won't be as cheap as we first imagined, with the iPhone 4S's price dropping to take on the budget market and the iPhone 5 disappearing completely from sale. The iPhone 4 will also be withdrawn from the market, because it doesn't fully support iOS 7.

Kuo said, 'iPhone 5C to replace iPhone 5, while iPhone 4S goes on. We’ve learned that the iPhone 5 line will be terminated from 4Q13, while the iPhone 4S line will carry on. From this, we infer that iPhone 5C is launched to replace iPhone 5. In other words, the 5C model will be positioned as midrange. We forecast its retail price to be US$400-500. We expect iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will fall into the price ranges of US$600-700, US$400-500, US$300-400 and US$200-300, respectively, in the new product cycle. Since iPhone 4’s specs may not be adequate to run on iOS7, we think this line may be terminated.'

Kuo believes the iPhone 5C will go on sale in China in October, the rest of the world later in Q4, presuming China Mobile strikes a deal with Apple, although we were under the impression both the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S would be hitting shelves on September 20. Confusing stuff indeed.

Foxconn supposedly started production of the iPhone 5C earlier in August and Apple is planning to sell between 1.5-2.5 million units in Q3 according to 9to5Mac. Kuo thinks Apple will ship 5.2 million iPhone 5S units and 8.4 million iPhone 5C units overall.

Kuo told the website, 'We believe the joint effort by Apple and China Mobile this year will boost penetration of TDD-LTE to 25% in iPhone 5S and 35% in iPhone 5C shipments, which will generate new shipments momentum for the supply chain.'

Phone Arena commented, 'This new scenario sounds much more plausible to us, because it allows Apple to continue to control its supply chain and costs, while not directly pandering to the low-end (something Apple hates to do), and it allows for a bit of differentiation in devices.'

The iPhone 5C has leaked in more pictures today, showing its plastic chassis off in black, yellow and pink.

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