The iPhone 5c only sold reasonably in the first few days. A few weeks after the market launch, Tim Cook had to admit that they were producing far too many iPhone 5c, but had delivery problems with the iPhone 5s. One reason for the weak demand was certainly the price: Despite old hardware from the iPhone 5 (Apple A6, no Touch ID) and a significantly inferior housing, the iPhone 5c was just 100 euros cheaper than the iPhone 5s at 599 euros. Testers were also unimpressed by the iPhone 5c: the case was criticized for its “cheap” appearance and the price was rated as significantly too high.
The iPhone 5c only found a few buyers a few months before the end of the product cycle in 2014: The devices were available from various retailers, some of them well below Apple’s stated price, so that some customers opted for an iPhone 5c.
Devices that are older than 5 years but younger than 7 years end up on the “Vintage” list at Apple. This has no concrete effects at first – the devices continue to work of course. But if you want to repair an old device (for example, replace the battery), you can do this with one restriction: spare parts must be in stock. Apple no longer produces original spare parts – if stocks are exhausted, repairs can no longer be made by Apple or by authorized partners.
Apple will not cease all support for the iPhone 5c until 2022 – then Apple will declare the product obsolete. This means that you will no longer receive any repairs or other support from Apple regarding this model.