Latest reports from China indicate that Apple will be discontinuing iPhone 5C following the launch of its next flagship the iPhone 6 later this year.
According to a report on South China Morning Post, Apple will be releasing two iPhone 6 variants this year – one with a 4.7-inch screen and the other with 5.5-inch display. It is also claimed that the displays will have a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch (ppi) as compared to the current 326 ppi.
An insider familiar with the matter said: “They have to tackle the phablet [devices that serve as both phone and tablet] market. People want bigger screens now.”
The report also claims that the new iPhones will be made using scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, which Apple is already using for its iPhone camera lens cover and Touch ID. Further, Cupertino isn’t likely to go for a curved screen smartphone and will stick with conventional flat screen display.
“The screens will be flat. Apple doesn’t do anything until Samsung does it, and then they improve upon it,” another insider with close knowledge of the matter said.
With dismal sales figure of iPhone 5C, Apple will not be going for a refresh, but will instead cull it altogether and will roll out iPhone 5S made from cheaper material.