Apple rumored to launch cheaper 8GB iPhone 5c on Tuesday

Apple is rumored to be launching a less expensive version of its iPhone 5c smartphone, which first launched in September, tomorrow. The report claim that the new model will only have 8GB of onboard storage, or half of the current low-end model's 16GB.

The report comes from the Germany-based Caschy's Blog, which claims that the 8GB iPhone 5c will go on sale as early as tomorrow on the wireless provider O2. The price is supposed to be 509 euros for the new version, compared to 569 euros for the 16GB model. If Apple is indeed going to launch a cheaper 5c with less storage in Germany, it stands to reason that it could also show up in other parts of the world tomorrow, including the U.S.

The idea behind the iPhone 5c was to give consumers a cheaper version of the iOS smartphone, with a plastic case that could also support multiple color choices. However, some unofficial reports have claimed that the 5c is well behind Apple's higher end iPhone 5s in terms of sales, though Apple has never given official sales breakdowns for each of its iPhone models. It's possible Apple wants to give the 5c a boost by offering consumers an even less expensive version to check out.

Source:Caschy's Blog via Engadget | Image via Apple

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I think the 5C will be rethought this year. It's not that it's a bad device, it's just a little lost it's not much cheaper than the 5S and the 5S is significantly more appealing in build, and also features. No reason why someone who wants an iphone would go for the 5C unless their budget was super specific and/or they really wanted a coloured phone. You could easily slip a case on a 5S though if you wanted to colour your phone.

Just forget about iOS and go with android or 8.1.. MicroSD card slots come in handy. Cant stand all this cloud storage rubbish it's getting annoying now.

Is Apple now in a "race to the bottom" ? I don't get the 8GB either. I find 16gb very lacking. And I don't keep movies on my phone either. But if you keep your phone for 2 years at least, have apps, a ton of photos and some music....16gb is too small. Now 8? I hope the next iPhone is a min of 32gig.

Delmont said,
Is Apple now in a "race to the bottom" ? I don't get the 8GB either. I find 16gb very lacking. And I don't keep movies on my phone either. But if you keep your phone for 2 years at least, have apps, a ton of photos and some music....16gb is too small. Now 8? I hope the next iPhone is a min of 32gig.

Yup had my iPhone (32Gb) for 6 months now and only have 9.1Gb left! Luckily I'm only on a 12 month contract, or else I would have gone for 64Gb.

Do you keep movies/tv shows on it? What is the major storage usage for you? I have 16gb and it's photos and 2 movies then music. My next phone will be at least 32gig.

Delmont said,
Do you keep movies/tv shows on it? What is the major storage usage for you? I have 16gb and it's photos and 2 movies then music. My next phone will be at least 32gig.

No movies or TV shows, never seen the point on such a small screen! Just had a look on my usage...

Music: 8.9Gb
Games: 3.2Gb
Photos & Video: 1.7Gb

They're the big ones anyway.

I have 1gig I messages. I deleted all my text messages and re booted my phone, but still shows 900meg ???

I'm:
3.5gb music
1.1gb videos
900mb photo/camera

I'm confused. Apple claims to have the most apps of all eco systems yet they cripple the phone with 8GB of onboard storage? Are we trying to start a trend where the users are constantly uninstalling to create more room for the latest apps and games?

If you are going to create a cheaper variant of a popular phone to keep costs down, at least allow the user the ability to expand their memory storage with a microsd slot and allow them to install to it. As it is, my Lumia 1520 with 16GB of storage is not enough. I can't wait for Windows Phone 8.1 to be released so I install all my apps on my microsd card.

jasondefaoite said,
Simple. They want to sell you things like iTunes Music match and iCloud storage. Seem to be forgetting about data caps.
I am not too worried about the 3-5MB song file size, I am referring to games that are 1-2GB in file size.

Yeah it's a joke.

Cheap is a Lumia 520. And I could buy 5 (or maybe more by now) of those for the same price.

Also, 8GB is useless if you use the camera a lot. Or install any amount of games.

if they wanted cheaper ones to sell they should have included larger hard drives 32 GB minimum from the start, would have been a more attractive part, then the these are made out of plastic so they're cheaper but we'll still charge a ton of money for it.

I still don't see the point of this phone, on contract its only a few pounds more to get the 5S with most providers in the UK and if you were going to buy it sim free then you may as well just pay the little bit extra and get the 5S anyway.