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[3]: Prices and choice
by MOS6510 on Mon 14th Jan 2013 17:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Prices and choice"
MOS6510
Member since:
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[4]: Prices and choice
by Laurence on Tue 15th Jan 2013 09:35 in reply to "RE[3]: Prices and choice"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

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

True, but thieves exist and do target things like phones. so my point stands

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

I wouldn't really class them as risks unless you're unduly stupid. At least not with odds even approaching the same degree as accidentally wiping the value from your phone.

What you're describing strikes me as the same misconception that some home buys have when house prices increase. They believe that they've earned money, but assuming hose price increases are relatively even (which nationally they generally are) when they come to sell, the money they've earned on their house will be lost on the next house which has also increased in price.

It's the same thing here, whatever resale price you earn from the iPhone will be absorbed in the next purchase of an iPhone. So you're not gaining anything at all (and that's assuming you can even resell it - which as I said - is a gamble).

And this is why I hate the resale excuse that some Apple fans cite when justifying the higher prices. And please bare in mind that I'm not condoning the higher prices (I don't really want to get into that debate to be honest). I just think that particular reasoning is deeply flawed.

Edited 2013-01-15 09:39 UTC

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RE[5]: Prices and choice
by MOS6510 on Tue 15th Jan 2013 16:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Prices and choice"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It´s statistics I guess. The probability is low that your iPhone will get stolen or destroyed and the probability is high you can resell it for a nice amount.

Sure, if you get 150 for it you´d invest it in a new phone, but you did get 150.

Buy an iPhone for 700, sell it for 150, buy a new model for 800. 700 - 150 + 800 == 1350. If you didn´t sell it it would be 700 + 800 == 1500. You could also state that the first iPhone only cost you 550.

There is a strong market for used iPhones. Offer one and you get multiple offers in very little time.

Yes, it´s all a gamble, but statistically sound, just like a lot of things in life are gambles, but have a low probability of going wrong. Like eating at McDonald´s, driving a car and crossing the street on Friday the 13th.

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