WSJ: Apple To Kill The iPhone 5c And Release Two Larger Models This Year

The iPhone 5c wasn't quite the ultra-cheap smartphone some had predicted.

The iPhone 5c’s lifespan will be short-lived, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Apple will reportedly discontinue the 5c this year and release two larger iPhone models.

The initial success of the iPhone 5c has been questioned amidst reports that Apple cut orders by as much as 35% shortly after releasing the phone last fall.

Rumors of larger iPhone designs have been swirling for months now, and the Journal is saying to expect screens larger than 4½ inches and 5 inches.

The people said Apple plans an iPhone model with a screen larger than 4½ inches measured diagonally, and a second version with a display bigger than 5 inches. Until now, Apple’s largest phone has been the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5.

Both models will feature metal casings similar to what is found in the 5s, according to the report. The smaller model is allegedly “further along in development” and gearing up for mass production while the larger is “still in preliminary development.”

Publications like Bloomberg and Reuters have reported that larger iPhones are coming this year too. The Journal reported that Apple was prototyping screens larger than 4 inches last summer.

Interestingly, the Journal says Apple doesn’t plan on releasing iPhones with curved displays this year. Since new iPhones don’t typically come out until the fall, Apple has plenty of time to change its plans.

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  • Scott Townsend

    I really wish they had made a black iPhone 5C. I would have bought one for sure.

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