Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 22:52 UTC
Apple

Apple today announced it has sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, just three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20. In addition, more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history.

Impressive.

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BlueofRainbow
Member since:
2009-01-06

These numbers are impressive, no matter how much massaging was done to them.

There is no breakdown between the high and low price units. Having a low price unit likely helped for this launch.

The number most intriguing is the 200 million iOS 7 updates. Without knowing exactly how many upgradable devices are out-there, it`s a bit difficult to gauge what proportion have been upgraded.

Anyways, it looks like more iPhone 5 devices were sold in one weekend than the combined sum of BlackBerry, Nokia, and Windows Phones in the last quarter.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Low price ones? The less expensive ones!

Apparently the 5S (more expensive one) is outselling the 5C quite easily. I guess this proves Apple did the right thing not to release a really cheap phone, because it wouldn't have made them much money and they are enough people going for gold.

I still don't know what the idea behind the 5C is. It's a slightly better iPhone 5 in plastic. If you're going to spend a lot of cash, you might as well spend a little more and get the 5S.

I'd rather have the latest and greatest than a phone which most advertised feature is color coordinated covers. It would only have made sense if the 5C truly was a cheap phone, like around 300-400 dollar/euro.

Apple shouldn't have made the 5C, but made more 5S ones. It would have kept things more simple and made them more money. People who bought 5C iPhones would almost all bought a 5S instead anyway or wait for the 6.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Cost sensitive customers are not the ones standing in lines.
Having a low cost option is not even relevant in the US where there's only $299 range of smartphone prices , its about long term global viability.

I agree, 5c price is a joke. In fact combined with 5 withdrawal this the offer is actually *less* competitive that the previous ones.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Apparently the 5S (more expensive one) is outselling the 5C quite easily. I guess this proves Apple did the right thing not to release a really cheap phone, because it wouldn't have made them much money and they are enough people going for gold.

I have no clue who would be stupid enough to buy an iPhone5C over 5S at full price.

It proves nothing. They opened in even more markets on sept 20th than any other time before. So 9 mil is not indicative of growing popularity, when you take into account more simultaneous sales. The popularity should be apparent in January, when the full quarter sales come in.

they still have not addressed a market that is much more cost sensitive than US or EU - China.

Consider this - estimated iPhone5s sales are ~7mil, that is 2 mil more than iPhone5 with a massively bigger market at launch.

While I will stop short of calling it a roaring success till the quarter results come in, it's still a good start. Though Apple is not covering larger or new market segments with this launch.

PS: In fact, this launch they are covering a smaller segment than last year - due to the fact that China Mobile cut their subsidies for iPhones.

Edited 2013-09-24 13:35 UTC

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ezraz Member since:
2012-06-20

Low price ones? The less expensive ones!

Apparently the 5S (more expensive one) is outselling the 5C quite easily. I guess this proves Apple did the right thing not to release a really cheap phone, because it wouldn't have made them much money and they are enough people going for gold.

I still don't know what the idea behind the 5C is. It's a slightly better iPhone 5 in plastic. If you're going to spend a lot of cash, you might as well spend a little more and get the 5S.

I'd rather have the latest and greatest than a phone which most advertised feature is color coordinated covers. It would only have made sense if the 5C truly was a cheap phone, like around 300-400 dollar/euro.

Apple shouldn't have made the 5C, but made more 5S ones. It would have kept things more simple and made them more money. People who bought 5C iPhones would almost all bought a 5S instead anyway or wait for the 6.


Totally disagree. We are getting a 5C for $99 on the next payday to replace a dying 3G that's been a faithful digital assistant for 3+ years now.

Apple's are owned by real people with real money problems, not upper class yuppy snots you like to pretend are the 'fanboys' that make irrational technology decisions. You have no idea how far off that image is from the average iPhone user around my part of the world.

Edited 2013-09-24 16:30 UTC

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I pretty sure 5C will be targeted at other markets, not US. Markets where the 5S wouldn't succeed but maybe the 5C would.

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bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

Anyways, it looks like more iPhone 5 devices were sold in one weekend than the combined sum of BlackBerry, Nokia, and Windows Phones in the last quarter.


Orly? http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2573415

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