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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The iPhone 5 was simply a bad idea
by AnythingButVista on Tue 15th Jan 2013 16:43 UTC
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Like others have mentioned, upgrading from an iPhone 4 or 4s to the iPhone 5 just doesn't make much sense, especially in this tight economy. A new connector that will force you to re-purchase many accessories and that adapter, which you have to buy by the way, won't allow for the phone to fit properly in all docks. The unilaterally-stretched screen brought app compatibility issues, while still left you with the same cramped keyboard when using the phone in portrait mode. So yes, even those with an iPhone 3Gs are still better off upgrading to an iPhone 4s than to an iPhone 5.

Users with higher end Android devices like the Galaxy S3 or the One X, don't have much incentive to switch to an iPhone 5 either. And that's not even discussing the build quality issues the iPhone 5 has had that leaves it following the original iPhone 4 and its antennagate vying for the title of worst built iPhone.

Unless you have to have LTE and you can actually get that in your country in iPhone-compatible bands, there's little incentive to get an iPhone 5. Getting an iPhone 5 won't even make Apple Maps less inaccurate than when used on an iPhone 4s.

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