There’s a new rumor coming out of Korea that the iPhone 5 will go out of production later this year, in order for Apple to concentrate on the iPhone 6 (or 5S) and the new budget iPhone.
The rumor comes from ETNews and their sources are unnamed “industry partners”. Apparently Apple has spoken with their supply chain and requested that they start slowing down iPhone 5 productions with a view to ceasing altogether in the fall.
This would be a major change in the Cupertino’s normal modus operandi. In the past, Apple has always kept 2 models of iPhone in production with a new handset. Perhaps though, they feel that they can get away with not doing that this time.
The current lineup of iPhones is pretty impressive already – we have the iPhone 5 for $199, the iPhone 4S for just $99 and the iPhone 4 is free with a new contract. However, with rumors of a budget iPhone being released in the fall as well, Apple may feel that they will be able to target the low-end markets adequately without keeping current models in production.
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That may not be their reasoning though. The report from ETNews claims it could a “production strategy”, saying that the tech used in the iPhone 5 screen is only suitable for high levels of production. Production inevitably drops when a new handset comes out and it may prove too costly to continue the iPhone 5. If the iPhone 5S were next out this wouldn’t make sense; it’s supposed to be identical to the iPhone 5 with a couple of minor upgrades.
What are your thoughts ? Do you think they will discontinue the 5 or will they get rid of the 4 and 4S instead ? So far, the iPhone 5 has proven to be the best-selling iPhone yet so does it make sense to get rid of it ?