Apple to discontinue the iPhone 5c?
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Apple's current lineup of smartphones includes the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s and the 5c. However, if reports are to be believed, the Cupertino giant could be looking to stop manufacturing of the 5c starting mid-2015. This is barely a surprise as the iPhone 5c has struggled to find a place in the heavily crowded mid-range segment. The over the top pricing didn't help Apple's cause either.

To make the device an attractive offering for the customers, Apple even introduced a cheaper 8GB model of the smartphone, but to no avail. One of the key factors behind the failure of the iPhone 5c can be attributed to the lack of premium materials used in the smartphone's making. Apple's USP over the past few years has been the quality of materials used in its devices. And unlike the iPhone 5s, the 5c is made of polycarbonate to cut costs and keep the overall weight at a bare minimum.

Hardware wise, the iPhone 5c is near identical to the iPhone 5 from 2012, so it's still quite capable and will be covered by Apple's software support umbrella until 2015 at the very least. While the report mentions that the iPhone 5c will cease production next year, it doesn't necessarily mean that the device won't be available for the foreseeable future. It is likely that Apple will slash prices of the smartphone even further to increase sales and clear out the remaining inventory.

It will be interesting to see if Apple will replace the iPhone 5c with a newer variant or phase out the concept of a "budget" iPhone completely. Apple is yet to confirm or deny this report, but it almost seems inevitable now.

What do you make of this new revelation? [ UberGizmo]