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Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones Over Weekend 432

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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  • 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 Wovel ( 964431 )

      Judging by the gushing reports coming out, success looks like a 2 position kick stand.

    • Re:Success (Score:4, Informative)

      by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) * <> on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:49PM (#44925267) Homepage Journal

      It's encouraging but really doesn't say that much. Apple hype up every new release far more than other companies because they have only one or two products in each market. For example they release one or two new phones a year, where as Samsung and HTC release dozens.

      What really matters is the long term trend, and we won't know that for at least six months and really need a year.

      • Detractors tend to attribute Apples success to "hype," yet there are numerous products that have been heavily promoted and yet failed to sell. Consider Microsoft's "Surface" tablet/netbooks. Remember the ads with music and the acrobatic demonstrations of its clever (and brightly colored) keyboard covers. Brilliant ad, on a par with Apple's best. Yet the Surface tanked (Round two now coming up).

        So what is it about Apple? At this point, it's not so much about the hype as about the brand. Most people who use A

  • Unlikely (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nine-times ( 778537 ) <> 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.

    • Or that consumers care that much. I expect some people were fans who purchased them. Some people like my friends were due for a new phone and heard about the new iPhone. They could have gotten a Nokia or Samsung, and it wouldn't have broken their hearts to purchase a different phone.
  • Love the summary (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    ...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 s

  • Some perspective (Score:5, Interesting)

    by necro81 ( 917438 ) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:38AM (#44924387) Journal
    When Steve Jobs got up there and announced the first iPhone, he stated that Apple had relatively modest goals. Of the 1 billion cellphones in the world, Apple hoped to get the iPhone to represent just 1% - or ten million units. They completely blew that goal out of the water. Now they can hit that mark in a single product launch weekend.
    • by necro81 ( 917438 )
      I misspoke: it wasn't 1 billion cellphones in the world, but 1 billion units sold annually.
  • by jabberw0k ( 62554 ) on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:39AM (#44924405) Homepage Journal
    Microsoft is neck-and-neck with Apple, selling nine Windows phones on the same weekend.
  • The problem is not rather the 5C not being sold well because being of "plastic", but rather because it is brain-dead to expect people to pick up yesterdays technology for a meagre 100 dollars. They would do better using the manufacturing resources of the 5C to ramp up 5S production.
    • by UnknowingFool ( 672806 ) on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:24PM (#44924975)
      I think the whole point of the 5C was to remove manufacturing constraints of the case. Really the 5C is the 5 in a plastic shell. In years past, Apple would sell the previous model at a discount while ramping down production of the older line. The problem I think with doing it this time is the aluminum case of the 5 was more difficult to manufacturer than previous models. My understanding that they mill the cases which takes a great deal more time and expensive CNC machines. While Apple could devote more resources to assembling the 5S, they were going to be limited by the cases. The 5C using plastic bypasses the bottleneck.
  • 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.
  • Nine million is still three times the fans of the most recent season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

  • 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!

  • Yup (Score:4, Funny)

    by ericdano ( 113424 ) on Monday September 23, 2013 @01:57PM (#44926051) Homepage

    Yup. No one wants is 4" phone. No one.....except 9 million people.....but other than that no one.

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