updated 10:28 am EST, Mon November 18, 2013
May be supported by recent claims of production scaling
Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, is halting production of the iPhone 5c at its Zhengzhou factory and shifting the labor towards the iPhone 5s, sources tell Digitimes. While Digitimes has a mixed track record, the claim is consistent with recent reports of cutbacks in 5c production. Foxconn in particular is said to be churning out just 8,000 to 9,000 units a day; the core 5c manufacturer, Pegatron, has allegedly scaled back from 320,000 phones per day in October to just 80,000.
The 5s has proven to be a popular product, but sales of the 5c appear to have lagged behind. Several major US retailers recently slashed prices for the device, which was already normally $99 on contract. The phone's sales are likely being impacted by price-to-performance ratios; the 5c is essentially just an iPhone 5 with a plastic back, and no cheaper than the 5 would be if it were still on sale. Prior to its launch, analysts had been hoping for a device that would be relatively cheap off-contract. Instead, an unlocked 5c starts at $549.