Apple May Replace 16GB iPhone 5c Devices with 32GB Models

If you own a 16-gigabyte iPhone 5c that’s on its last leg, you might be due for a (slight) upgrade if you take the device to an Apple Store or another official service provider.

Reportedly, Apple Store repair technicians and Authorized Service Providers will be able to offer users a 32GB iPhone 5c if their current 16GB model needs to be replaced, according to a note distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers this week.

“Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice,” the note reads.

It’s worth noting that the actual text states that 16GB models may be substituted for 32GB models, so not all 16GB models will be upgraded. But some customers who bring their 16GB iPhone 5c in for repairs due to a manufacturing or other issue could have their handsets swapped for a device with a larger storage capacity. That’s if their old devices warrant replacement, of course.

As far as the timeline, “until further notice” seems to imply that the new directive will remain in effect for the near future, at least.

The company didn’t give any reason why it’s implemented the change. But it’s likely related to dwindling supply availability of 16GB iPhone 5c models, particularly since Apple has killed the device off.

Apple first debuted the iPhone 5c in September 2013 as a lower-cost device. The plastic casings of the lineup came in a range of bright and colorful options, unlike other 4-inch Apple handsets.

The company began phasing out the device beginning in 2014, however. It’s been sold as recently as 2016 in markets like India, but since then, Apple has officially discontinued the model.

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Apple Substituting Some 16GB iPhone 5c Models In Need of Replacement With 32GB Models

For the foreseeable future, Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will offer some customers who own a 16GB iPhone 5c that’s in need of replacement a 32GB model instead.

Apple shared the new directive with Apple Authorized Service Providers this morning.


“Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice,” reads the note that was sent out today.

Not all 16GB iPhone 5c replacements will be upgraded to 32GB devices instead, but some customers who take their iPhone 5c models in for repair for a manufacturing issue or other problem may see an upgrade to the larger capacity 32GB model.

Apple did not offer a reason why some 16GB iPhone 5c models are being replaced with 32GB models, but it’s often due to available supply at any given time.

The iPhone 5c was first introduced alongside the iPhone 5s in September of 2013, and it’s the only 4-inch iPhone that Apple has introduced with a colorful plastic exterior.

Apple stopped offering 16 and 32GB iPhone 5c models for sale in most countries in September of 2014, but continued selling an 8GB model until September of 2015. In India, the iPhone 5c was still available through February of 2016, but since that time, the iPhone 5c has been fully discontinued in all countries.
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