by Brent Dirks
October 11, 2013
One of the more reliable Apple analysts has just slashed his projection for sales of the much-maligned iPhone 5c, according to Business Insider. Ming-Chi Kuo now estimates that Apple shipped 11.4 million 5c handsets in the September quarter. That’s down 33 percent from the original projection. For the December quarter, the numbers have been revised to sales of 10.4 million handsets, a 10 percent drop from older estimates. The real question seems to be whether lower than expected sales number for the iPhone 5c are actually a bad thing? Especially when demand for the more expensive iPhone 5s continues to be off the charts. With Apple rolling out the higher-end handset to more countries soon, it’s now even harder to purchase the phone. Apple will announce iPhone sales numbers for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2013 during a conference call later this month – on Monday, Oct. 28. The company isn’t expected to break down separate sales numbers of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Unlike others here at AppAdvice, I just don’t put a lot of stock in the idea that the iPhone 5c is a failure. Since the internal parts are almost identical to the iPhone 5, it makes sense that Apple has been able to meet demand. Now if the company can only get enough iPhone 5s units in the hands of consumers, it should be smooth sailing.