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updated 12:52 am EDT, Thu August 21, 2014

Walmart puts iPhone 5c up for $1, iPhone 5s for $79 under contract

Giant retailer Walmart has lowered the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5c to a mere 97 cents as part of what appears to be an early move to clear stock ahead of the arrival of the iPhone 6, or to bring in back-to-school shoppers. The chain has also lowered the price on the 16GB iPhone 5s to $79, cut from $99 previously. Both offers require signing a new two-year contract with either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (T-Mobile is not included in this promotion).

Tesla updates iOS app to include Model S car-starting ability

Electric car company Tesla Motors will update the firmware in its Model S automobile and its iOS app to allow owners to start the car using only the iPhone, the company reports. Version 6.0 of the software will include the ability, which may be tied into the Touch ID sensor on the current iPhone 5s and future iPhone models (and would thus be released around the same time as iOS 8). An Android version is expected a few weeks after the iOS debut.

The company has recruited many prominent Apple employees in the last year or so, and it is currently unclear if Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla founder Elon Musk's relationship has been strained over the Apple poaching. Musk is believed to have met with Cook a year ago over a possible investment in battery-making facilities Tesla is building.

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  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    The 97 cents matter not. The real cost is in that two-year contract. I also wonder if this is a hint that, with the release of the iPhone 6, if 5c will be put out of its misery, to be replaced at the low end by the much more capable and better-looking 5s.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    The iPhone 5c is not, and was never intended to be, as popular as the iPhone 5s -- but it is, in point of fact, the sixth most popular smartphone model in the world, beating all but four (out of thousands) flagship Android models. It has consistently outsold the previous mid-tier (the iPhone 4S) in quarterly sales comparisons. As the 5c is currently the mid-tier offering, it will most likely move into the slot vacated by the 4S and become the low-end offering. And continue to sell very, very well.

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