Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Jan 2013 15:14 UTC
Apple The Wall Street Journal: "Apple has cut its orders for components for the iPhone 5 due to weaker-than-expected demand, people familiar with the situation said Monday. Apple's orders for iPhone 5 screens for the January-March quarter, for example, have dropped to roughly half of what the company had previously planned to order, two of the people said. The Cupertino company has also cut orders for components other than screens, according to one of the people." The WSJ is usually very well informed about Apple matters (and Japanese business new Nikkei reports something similar), so it's a safe assumption that they're not making this up. What, exactly, this means, we don't know; perhaps a new model already? Seems strange they would switch to a different screen this quickly, though. Android (more specifically: Samsung) keeps on growing, so it's only inevitable that Apple would feel a sting there at some point. We'll know for sure on the 23rd, when Apple's latest quarterly results come rolling in.
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RE: Prices and choice
by MOS6510 on Mon 14th Jan 2013 17:10 UTC in reply to "Prices and choice"
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They also retain more value, so you could take in account selling it in a few years.

An iPhone 3GS still goes for over €100.

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RE[2]: Prices and choice
by Laurence on Mon 14th Jan 2013 17:16 in reply to "RE: Prices and choice"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

They also retain more value, so you could take in account selling it in a few years.

An iPhone 3GS still goes for over €100.

That's quite a gamble though as it assumes that the phone isn't lost, stolen nor damaged (yeah you could have insurance on the device, but then you have the excess fee eating into your resale margins).

Plus that money would only end up going towards the next upgrade, so you're not actually knocking 100euro off the buying cost of this phone.

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RE[3]: Prices and choice
by MOS6510 on Mon 14th Jan 2013 17:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Prices and choice"
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2011-05-12

According to my RSS reader stealing iPhones is a risky business. ;-)

It's a risk, but so is eating at McDonald's and crossing the streat.

I think it's better to get €120 for your old phone back than nothing. Personally I'd never pay that for a 3 year old mobile phone, but apparently a lot of people do, which also increases the market value.

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RE[2]: Prices and choice
by steve_s on Mon 14th Jan 2013 19:51 in reply to "RE: Prices and choice"
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2006-01-16

There's no guarantee that the high resale prices of iPhones will continue.

In part it's a price that's been supported by pent-up demand for new iPhone models - purchases made by folks who cannot afford a new device. It's a price supported by fashion. It therefore seems likely that the resale prices for iPhones will go down over the next few years.

One should also note that €100 doesn't cover the price premium you're paying for the iPhone in the first place. It's nowhere near the £250 extra you're paying for an iPhone over a Nexus 4, and also still significantly less than the £130-140 over a Galaxy S3.

Besides, to resell your device and fetch a decent price it has to be pristine. We're talking about a glass phone here. The chances of the phone surviving intact decrease over time. A dropped phone can easily have it's screen shattered. A phone kept in a handbag can easily gather scratches from keys and other items.

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RE[3]: Prices and choice
by MOS6510 on Mon 14th Jan 2013 20:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Prices and choice"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Those are all valid points, certainly.

But Apple is Apple and will always have loyal followers who will fork out money for anything with an Apple logo. Even obsolete stuff is easily sold.

iPhones are a bit expensive, certainly when comparing the hardware specifications with other phones. But there is more to the story, there is the iTunes music/books/video store, the apps, operating system upgrades, usability, wide range of accessories, etc...

I've heard the countless stories regarding Android, it's "openness" and customization. It sounds all cool and nice, until you get to use one and you're happy you never bought one. I gladly hand over the extra cash to get an iPhone.

Then again, if no heavy use to expected you might as well get a cheap Android.

To keep the resell price up: don't drop it and don't cary it in a bag without a case.

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