This is the first time Apple has launched two iPhones and more than the two traditional colors, with the iPhone 5S coming in silver, gold and space grey and the iPhone 5C coming in green, yellow, pink, blue and white.
Early analyse of the iPhone 5C shows big interest in the range of colors, with the US, China and some other countries pushing back their shipping times from September 20 to September 25 and now October 4 for some colors.
Apple seems to have enough stock to manage in the US, with shipping times moving from September to early October then back to late-September again. In Hong Kong the same thing is happening, where Apple seems to be increasing stock for faster delivery.
Color interest is odd, the blue and green versions are the most liked in the US, but in Hong Kong yellow and red have taken a huge run of pre-orders, white looks like the only one not really loved by anywhere, perhaps because the iPhone 5C isn’t a dull phone.
Apple will obviously not announce anything, but analyst predictions on iPhone 5C sales are huge, with some pointing to tens of millions of sales in the first few weeks, with the iPhone 5S expected to hit about 2-3 million orders before the end of October.
This is a big cannibalisation of the iPhone from Apple, with the previous model making sure users are pushed to upgrade even before the two-year contract has run out. This time, users have a choice, like with the iPad Mini.
The cheaper iPhone 5C obviously has its quirks, but the phone is solid and the only difference between the iPhone 5 and 5C is the colors and the cheaper design. It makes it harder for Apple fans to really choose what to buy, especially if they want a phone in blue.
Apple does not want to have redundancy on the smartphone, if we look at the store, they offer five Macs, four iPods, two iPads and now they have two iPhones. Apple will have the iPhone 5C as the cheaper model and the iPhone 5S as the powerful and more expensive model.