Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Sep 2013 10:38 UTC

I've been thinking a bit more about those iPhone 5C/5S weekend sales figures, and while it is certainly impressive, if you compare it to the iPhone 5's first weekend sales figures, it's actually quite a step backwards for Apple. The issue here - something many sites and even Apple itself doesn't want to focus on - is that the iPhone 5C/5S is available to a lot more people than the iPhone 5 was.

The iPhone 5 was available to 720 million people at launch, and sold 5 million units. This is a penetration of 0.69%. The iPhone 5C and 5S, however, are available to 2078 million people, and sold 9 million units, which constitutes a penetration of 0.43%. So, Apple has two new models to advertise and lure consumers with instead of one, and has a huge additional market (China) to address, yet it failed to capitalise on either of these two factors.

What this shows is that while the sales figure is still pretty darn impressive, it's not nearly as groundbreaking if you put it in perspective. Looking at it this way, the so-called record breaking 9 million figure can easily be explained away by Apple almost tripling its launch weekend audience, instead of an increasing popularity of the iPhone.

The only reason I'm writing this is to illustrate how numbers are entirely arbitrary, and it's easy to make silly comparisons and claim an arbitrary victory - or, change perspective a bit and claim arbitrary defeat, as I've done here.

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by siraf72 on Wed 25th Sep 2013 18:13 UTC
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This has to be one of the most bizarre posts on OSnews. Shipping 9 million units is impressive. The end. Regardless of who does it and regardless of how many people "it's available to". The only thing arbitrary here is the use of "penetration" (seriously?) to down play what was clearly a successful launch.

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by unclefester on Thu 26th Sep 2013 09:05 in reply to "seriously?"
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Shipping 9 million units is impressive. The end.

Unfortunately 3-4 million are still sitting on shelves and almost no one want to buy a 5C.

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by siraf72 on Thu 26th Sep 2013 13:29 in reply to "RE: seriously?"
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Unfortunately 3-4 million are still sitting on shelves and almost no one want to buy a 5C.

Obviously if that's true that changes things. Source?

--Edit-- No need for the source. saw the link you posted. Not quite as sensational as the Apple PR blurb suggests then, still damn good.

The 5C is just a rebranded 5 and there are people with budget considerations that will settle for it. Just as there were people still buying the 4s when when the 5 became available.

Edited 2013-09-26 13:32 UTC

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