Apple Launches iPhone 5c Preorders, Not Sold Out Yet

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Apple's brand new iPhone 5c will be in stores on September 20, but the company and its partner carriers began accepting preorders early Friday morning. As of 9AM eastern time, all models were still available for order with delivery on launch day.

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The iPhone 5c was introduced earlier this week at a special media event in Cupertino. The phone keeps essentially the same specifications as the iPhone 5, but sports a scratch resistant plastic back available in white, red, yellow, blue, or green.

Apple sells the 16GB iPhone 5c for US$99 with a two-year carrier contract, and $199 for the 32GB model. Off contract and carrier unlocked, the 16GB model costs $549 and $649 for the 32GB version.

Along with Apple, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile are all taking preorders. Walmart and Radio Shack are selling the iPhone 5c, as well. Radio Shack will let iPhone owners trade in their current model for a discount on an upgrade, and Walmart is taking in-store preorders.

Along with the iPhone 5c, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s on Tuesday. The 5s model includes a 64-bit A7 processor, M7 fitness and motion processor, better graphics performance, an improved digital camera, and is available in space gray, white, or gold versions. Like the iPhone 5, it is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, although Apple isn't accepting preorders and it won't be available for online or in-store purchase until the 20th.

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Just because iPhone 5c preorders aren't already sold out doesn't mean Apple has a flop on its hands. The company could have been able to ramp up production enough to meet demand, and that may have played a part in why the iPhone 5s isn't available for preorder.

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I’m guessing that the 5c is easier to manufacture than the 5s, which would explain both why the 5c isn’t sold out and why the 5s isn’t available for pre-order.


The amount of leaked information regarding the iPhone 5c leads me to believe that it has been in full production for some time now. They probably have a good few million of them already.

Lee Dronick

LeFrancoy you may be correct about that.

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