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Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones Over Weekend 432

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Apple managed to sell nine million iPhones over the weekend, with the company claiming its initial supply of high-end iPhone 5S units completely sold out. Apple didn't sell out of the new iPhone 5C, its plastic-cased (and cheaper) alternative to the iPhone 5S; models are still available for shipment within 24 hours from Apple's online store. And the iPhone 5S selling out is no surprise: in the weeks ahead of the new iPhones' launch, rumors persisted that the initial production run of the device was relatively small in scope, which would make it far easier for Apple to sell out of its first batch. But how many iPhone 5C units did Apple actually manage to sell? In August, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that Apple would produce just over 5 million iPhone 5S units ahead of the device's launch weekend; if that number's accurate, and Apple sold every single one, it would mean Apple sold roughly 4 million iPhone 5C units in order to reach that 9-million-sold figure for both models. That's an impressive figure for any smartphone, of course, and it could quiet some of the naysayers who have spent the past several months suggesting that Apple's best years are behind it."
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Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones Over Weekend

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  • fragmentation (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:18AM (#44924165)

    Apple's finally about to start feeling what androids dealing with for years. For the longest time all iphone user's have been able to balk at android headsets running versions of android many versions behind. Now that the iphone line has gotten so long older phone's are starting to chug and eventually won't be updated. That's when the glory's gone.

  • Success (Score:5, Insightful)

    by benjfowler (239527) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:19AM (#44924179)

    So if selling 9 million high-end smartphones, according to the pundits, is "jumping the shark", I wonder what success looks like?

  • by DJCouchyCouch (622482) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:19AM (#44924181)
    Apple's been dying for over 30 years.
  • Unlikely (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nine-times (778537) <nine.times@gmail.com> on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:22AM (#44924217) Homepage

    it could quiet some of the naysayers who have spent the past several months suggesting that Apple's best years are behind it.

    If you know anything about Apple, it should be that nothing will really stop the fans and nothing will quiet the naysayers.

  • Love the summary (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:27AM (#44924265)

    ...rumors persisted that the initial production run of the device was relatively small in scope, which would make it far easier for Apple to sell out of its first batch.

    I love the implication that Apple artificially limited supply in order to get the sold out headline when they sold 9 MILLION phones, almost double the record number of iPhone 5 units that were sold last year, well in excess of any other mobile sales figures. The initial production run was "relatively small" only in so much as it couldn't live up to demand - they sold 9 MILLION units in THREE DAYS. That isn't "relatively small" by any logical measure.

    Blows my mind how crushing sales like that can still be spun into somehow Apple failing.

  • by zieroh (307208) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:31AM (#44924309)

    Not me. I'd love to know who is still buying Apple devices when Android gizmos do pretty much the same thing for a fraction of the cost.

    What you're experiencing is called cognitive dissonance. The idea that other people could prefer something that you yourself do not approve of can be difficult for those who cling to their beliefs as if they were some kind of religion. But companies aren't gods, and the choice of smart phone isn't a faith. They are products, and different people will make different choices based on what they value. Some will choose simply for the size or apparent superiority of the feature list, and others will choose based on finesse or ease any of a number of other factors. Those are their choices, and the fact that you made a different choice does not in any way mean that your choice should apply to everyone else.

    Perhaps a bit of introspection on your part as to why you hold your beliefs so dear would be helpful.

  • by dugancent (2616577) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:37AM (#44924385)

    I know plenty of people that upgraded, just none of them bragged about in Facebook or Twitter, because they know no one really gives a shit what phone they are carrying.

  • by SternisheFan (2529412) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:41AM (#44924431)

    Android gizmos have average build quality, good specs, lower quality software and poor long term support. Apple iPhones have better build quality, good specs, higher quality software and excellent long term support. Apple takes usually years to 'orphan' an older device. IOS 7 runs on iPhone 4, while that device is only three years old, in the Android world getting a 3 year old device to run the latest version of Android usually does not happen.

    If you're the proud owner of a new iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C -- or if you're thinking about buying one -- be sure to handle it with care. Durability tests suggests the new models are more likely to break if you drop them, compared to previous iPhone models.

    The new phones were tested by SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets. They also tested several other competing smartphones to see which ones best withstand drops, dunks under water, and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest iPhones aren't as durable as last year's iPhone 5.

    The biggest loser, however, was Samsung's Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground, according to San Francisco-based SquareTrade.

    The phone that withstood SquareTrade's torture test best was Google Inc.'s Moto X. The Moto X is the first phone designed with the Internet company as Motorola's new owner. Released in August, the Moto X is also the first smartphone assembled in the U.S.

    "We were expecting that at least one of the new iPhone models would up its game, but surprisingly, it was the Moto X that proved most forgiving of accidents," said Ty Shay, chief marketing officer at SquareTrade.

    Officials from Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc. didn't immediately return email messages for comment.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57604082/new-iphone-5s-iphone-5c-may-be-more-likely-to-break/ [cbsnews.com]

  • Feeble minds. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jotaeleemeese (303437) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:45AM (#44924453) Homepage Journal

    People forget when Microsoft injected cash in Apple when it was going nowhere.

    Mightier companies than Apple have fallen, and unfortunately for them it begins to look like they are living from a "perception marketing bubble".

    Remember Nokia? It was washing the floor with the competition. Apple did very well to change some of the paradigms of the mobile phone platform, but they have contributed very little and the release of "cheaper" iPhones recognizes that the only differentiator now is in price not in features.

    And that is the problem for Apple: to keep charging for a phone that does pretty much the same as any other you have to resort to gimmicks: selling golden phones for example, in technology that can take you only so far.

    Proof: people wanted a phone just because it was golden. That is not innovation, is hype, sooner or later the bubble will burst and all the chickens will come home to roost.

  • by xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:49AM (#44924497)

    >> because they know no one really gives a shit what phone they are carrying. ...and that's a big reason why I think Apple's in trouble long term. If no one cares that you have an Apple phone anymore, even more people are going to drop back to commodity - usually Android - phones.

  • Re:fragmentation (Score:5, Insightful)

    by beltsbear (2489652) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:49AM (#44924499)

    Apple will have most of the iPhones in the first world on IOS 7 within a month. Something like that just does not happen EVER with Android. There may be older devices out there but they are no longer with primary users and driving the IOS market and apps. Apple devs will just keep moving forward to the latest version as most customers do leaving no effective fragmentation in the market.

    The adoption rate of IOS 7 is already past 35% in ONE WEEK. Android will be lucky to have over 35% on the latest version ever.

  • Re:Feeble minds. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by RoboJ1M (992925) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:50AM (#44924513)

    The C stands for Completely Out Of Ideas perhaps? ;)
    It's all about the race to zero now I guess.
    Sadly the race to the Infinite Inches Screen also continues.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:52AM (#44924529)

    Not me. I'd love to know who is still buying Apple devices when Android gizmos do pretty much the same thing for a fraction of the cost.

    I'd love to know who is still buying steaks when burgers do pretty much the same thing for a fraction of the cost.

  • by Jeff Flanagan (2981883) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:00PM (#44924599)
    >Actually there isn't that much difference between the two. It comes down to if you have Android Apps,
    >then you stay on Android, or if you have iOS apps then you stay on iOS.

    I think you make an interesting point, but I'm not sure how many people it's true for. Phone apps are so inexpensive that I could buy IOS equivalents of all my Android apps for well under $100 if Apple offered a better product for my use case than the large-screen Samsung Note-series phones I use. I'm not entrenched like I am with Windows on the PC.
  • Re:Feeble minds. (Score:1, Insightful)

    by jbolden (176878) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:07PM (#44924713) Homepage

    The iPhone 5S is the 2nd fast phone on the market. It has the 2nd or 3rd best camera for a mainstream phone. It has fantastic battery life. It has better application selection than any other phone. It has a suite of productivity applications that are specific. It has an integrated cloud service included free for application developers. It has a custom desktop operating system that it is increasingly integrated with. It has a selection of tablets that are popular and run the same software.

    How exactly is that perception marketing rather than genuine advantages?

  • by Savage-Rabbit (308260) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:11PM (#44924755)

    What you're experiencing is called cognitive dissonance. The idea that other people could prefer something that you yourself do not approve of can be difficult for those who cling to their beliefs as if they were some kind of religion. But companies aren't gods, and the choice of smart phone isn't a faith. They are products, and different people will make different choices based on what they value. Some will choose simply for the size or apparent superiority of the feature list, and others will choose based on finesse or ease any of a number of other factors. Those are their choices, and the fact that you made a different choice does not in any way mean that your choice should apply to everyone else.

    Perhaps a bit of introspection on your part as to why you hold your beliefs so dear would be helpful.

    The same can be applied to Apple zealots like yourself. When there are superior products available for less money, why buy Apple/

    Because it's not a superior product.

    Woosh.... and, woosh.... I didn't see him make any statement that would peg him as an Apple fanboy to somebody who is not an Android fundamentalist, nor did he explicitly say that Apple is better than Android. All he did was make a (apparently correct) diagnosis of cognitive dissonance. His only major point is that different people define superior product in different ways and that you two should get over it. Everything you two have said in those posts, and most of what you are likely to say in any future posts on this subject, just confirms his diagnosis of cognitive dissonance.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:13PM (#44924799)

    Considering Apple's profit margins are in the 20-25% range that's not likely. 20% of $5.84 billion is $1.168 billion - that's already more than the 1$ billion revenue for GTA V.

  • by alen (225700) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:13PM (#44924801)

    video game sales are like movie tickets. people will buy it the first month its out and then forget about it

    the iphone will be printing money for apple for the next 12 months. not like everyone is eligible for an upgrade now

  • by CohibaVancouver (864662) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:18PM (#44924879)

    I'd love to know who is still buying Apple devices when Android gizmos do pretty much the same thing for a fraction of the cost.

    I'm no Apple Fanboy (home PCs run Windows & phone is a 4s) but I can see why people stick with what they have. At our house we have 2 iPods, an iPad, and my (company-issued) iPhone. They all seamlessly integrate with our MP3 and MP4 libraries in iTunes, and my under-sixes know how to work them all. Changing ecosystems is a PITA.

  • by perpenso (1613749) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:20PM (#44924907)

    I'd love to know who is still buying Apple devices when Android gizmos do pretty much the same thing for a fraction of the cost.

    Because the "fraction of the cost" argument doesn't apply to most people in the U.S. Its not the cost of the unsubsidized no-contract phone that most people see, its the cost of the subsidized phone with a contract. To most people an iPhone 5S is $200, a 5C is $100 and a 4S is free. Much like they see a Samsung Galaxy S4 for $200 rather than $600, and a Galaxy S III for free rather than $400.

    Given the subsidy iOS and Android are basically equivalent in cost. What helps Apple is the app ecosystem. Apple gets more attention from developers, 4x the revenue per app download (over $0.08 on average vs under $0.02), less fragmentation to deal with (dev time and test time), ...

  • by JoeyRox (2711699) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:20PM (#44924915)
    The 5S/5C was released in eleven worldwide markets simultaneously this year vs nine markets for last year's iPhone 5 release, including China. Me thinks the one-weekend sales figures aren't comparable.
  • by alen (225700) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:22PM (#44924933)

    i carry a GS3 and an iphone 5 daily

    my Galaxy does a few things that I care about like upload stuff to evernote from an app that the iphone doesn't, but the iphone is a much better product overall

    better quality apps overall
    better games with xbox quality graphics on some
    galaxy s3 is laggy
    iphone touch screen is better

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:32PM (#44925067)

    Would the iPhone 5C exist if Android wasn't around? What would the prices and features be like? Same on Android. Fact is, consumers benefit from healthy competition in the smartphone market. It drives innovation and keeps prices in check. Why people want on side to fail is beyond me. I have an Android phone and am ecstatic to hear about the new iPhone success!

  • Re:Wow... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by the_B0fh (208483) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:47PM (#44925239) Homepage

    Since there's more Android phones sold, I'm sure you'll go troll the Android forums too, right?

  • by Oyjord (810904) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:55PM (#44925345)

    Brittney Spears has sold millions of albums and McDonalds has sold billions of hambugers. It doesn't make either of them are good. It just means lots of people have shitty taste.

  • Re:Feeble minds. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by AmiMoJo (196126) * <mojo@NOspaM.world3.net> on Monday September 23, 2013 @01:07PM (#44925483) Homepage

    Because the disadvantages more than offset all that stuff. Expensive, proprietary cables, software lock-in, no NFC, no ability to easily replace the battery yourself, small low resolution screen, no SD card slot, only one app store and no side-loading, lack of proper Google Now integration, lack of real multitasking (just task-switching for most apps), no MHI, no MirroLink, no DLNA, slow UI, limited customization options, extremely limited choice of products and compatible devices...

  • Re:Huh? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 23, 2013 @02:52PM (#44926653)
    Gates has a charity that's halfway to curing malaria. Jobs parked in the handicap spot at work before he had cancer.
  • by mattack2 (1165421) on Monday September 23, 2013 @02:53PM (#44926659)

    The comment below yours says *shipped". Sold != shipped.

    We don't care how many are in stores, we care how many were actually bought by end customers.

  • by Ralph Wiggam (22354) on Monday September 23, 2013 @03:04PM (#44926813) Homepage

    You don't think that anyone will get GTA5 for Christmas?

  • Re:Feeble minds. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by funkify (749441) on Monday September 23, 2013 @03:10PM (#44926869)

    The entry beating the A7 in many of those tests is a latest-gen desktop processing chip from Intel.

    No. That Intel Bay Trail chip is part of the Atom family, intended for tablets and super-portable computers that require low power consumption.

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