Apple's iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 5c

Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) taken a new strategy this year with its most important product category. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launched in September, and there are some notable differences between the two devices.

Apple is using Touch ID as one key differentiator, which is only available on the flagship iPhone 5s model, while the iPhone 5c does not get a fingerprint sensor. That added level of security could potentially entice consumers to pay up for the most expensive model. 

With the iPhone 5c, Apple is using a polycarbonate chassis again, after shifting away from plastic materials several years ago. Still, the iPhone 5c has superior build quality compared to competing plastic devices. That premium quality also translates into premium pricing relative to competitors, though.

Apple's new product strategy has longer-term implications, since the lineup will now be fresher overall going forward if Apple continues to release two new models each year as opposed to one.

Despite ongoing debate over the iPhone 5c's prospects in key markets like China, investors can rest assured that the lineup is still much stronger than it was a year ago.

In the following video, Eric Bleeker, CFA, and Evan Niu, CFA, discuss the differences between Apple's newest iPhones.

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  • Report this Comment On October 13, 2013, at 11:28 AM, Shelly2884 wrote:

    The comparisons of the SC and the 5S are ridiculous. Apple always has 3 phones for sale: The top of the line, a less costly version and a freebee. Last year they had the 5, 4S and 4 and this year they have the 5S, 5C and 4S. The 5C is a redone updated and reengineered 5. It is not now nor was it ever suppose to be a comparable or competitive to the 5S. Yes it sell less! Why are you surprised. Once the 5 came out, the 4S and 4 also sold less volume then the 5. The 5C should increase in volume as a lower cost alternative or if the marketplace prefers they can buy the 4S. The 5C is a great lower cost version of the 5S because was reengineered and refreshed. Lets see what revenues are and forecasts.

  • Report this Comment On October 13, 2013, at 4:18 PM, slapppy wrote:

    Mötley Fool management, please stop writing about Apple. It's clear that your writers are clueless about all thongs Apple.

  • Report this Comment On October 13, 2013, at 10:02 PM, foodchain11 wrote:

    Motley Fook, these glib articles do nothing. There is no analytic merit whatsoever. I have lightened my long positions on AAPL, but it has nothing to do with this trash that you guys propagate. You used to be a respectable group, but those days are long gone.

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