Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Jan 2013 09:12 UTC
Apple The New York Times also chimes in on the reduced orders, and they have numbers which seem more realistic. "Apple does appear to be cutting back on orders for its latest iPhone from its manufacturing partners, as Nikkei of Japan and The Wall Street Journal reported earlier. Paul Semenza, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, a research firm that follows the display market, said that for January, Apple had expected to order 19 million displays for the iPhone 5 but cut the order to 11 million to 14 million. Mr. Semenza said these numbers came from sources in the supply chain, the companies that make components for Apple products." Some suggest this is stock manipulation, and while that is an exciting story to be sure, would respected and well-informed newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times participate in something like that? Somehow, I highly doubt it. A far more logical explanation, as NYT details, is that the iPhone simply isn't doing overly well outside of the US.
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RE[2]: Who knows
by delta0.delta0 on Tue 15th Jan 2013 11:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Who knows"
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I think I know why, the phone has been sold here in the UK at a premium where the S3 can be bought on a £25 a month contract with the phone free the iPhone 5 is on the most expensive contracts with a heavy up front fee as well, which on all calculations end up costing at least twice the actual price of the iPhone off contract. In fact a few of my friends have bought the iphone 5 off of contract and then signed up to giffgaff a mobile network here which charges 12.50 a month and provides unlimited data.

To put simply the Mobile Network Operators are to be blamed here, they have gotten incredibly greedy and expecting the iPhone 5 to just sell have massively overpriced it on really terrible contracts. This applies here in the UK, I know a lot of people have not upgraded because of this very reason and are still running their old iPhones some are looking to move to Android.

The other reason is quite simply that the iPhone 5 is very boring, its a bit bigger than the iPhone 4 but it looks very similar, so why bother upgrading thats the other reason. I am sure interface wise and hardware wise the next iteration of the iPhone will be very different at least I hope for Apples sake it will be.

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