Apple’s never revealed how many copies of the iPhone 5c it’s sold, instead lumping the plastic smartphone together with sales of all iPhones. The company shipped more than 50 million units in the first quarter of 2014. Still, the iPhone 5c hasn’t been much of a hit, and a new report from DigiTimes claims Apple is currently sitting on more than three million unsold units.
Citing some questionable “Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” the report claims Apple’s inventory of iPhone 5c smartphones still numbers in the millions, even after the company stopped placing orders in late 2013. Digging a bit deeper, two million units are apparently still sitting in Pegatron’s factories where they were originally assembled, while another million have been shipped out to carriers and other sellers.
Considering the iPhone 5c’s higher-than expected price and the lack of any new features when compared to the iPhone 5, it’s no huge surprise that this model isn’t selling as well as Apple had hoped. We’ve heard rumors that Apple will discontinue the iPhone 5c later this year when it announces its next generation smartphone, though what it plans to do with all those unsold units is still unclear. Our best guess is that Apple will drop its price in an effort to get rid of unsold inventory.