Apple has the prototypical good-news, bad-news scenario on its hands, with soaring sales of its flagship iPhone 5S contrasting sharply with souring sales of its “for the colorful” iPhone 5C.
Editor’s Pick Apple’s new iPhone 5C is the answer to China, the answer to India, the answer to the entire developing world that might just crave a little more iOS in their lives, and the answer to Android’s 80 percent global smartphone market share.
Or is it?
Apple’s slumping international sales and China Mobile’s loss of high-value subscribers to other carriers that do offer the iPhone may have resulted in a marriage of convenience.
For those who are lighter at heart as well as lighter in wallet, the iPhone 5C will prove to be a colorful fashion statement as well as a smart buy.
The iPhone 5S better better be very, very nice. Because this plastic-backed less expensive iPhone looks every inch a polished Apple product.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, however, was philosophical.
“In the arc of time, China is a huge opportunity. I don’t get discouraged over a 90-day cycle.”
Apple orders in Taiwan dropped by 24 percent year-over-year in June, and 11 percent quarter-over-quarter, according to one analyst’s report.
Pegatron is staffing up, with 40,000 new workers expected to join the company in the second half of 2013, and it said that 60 percent of its 2013 revenue would come from the second half of 2013.
The first rule of iPhone is that it never, never goes on sale. The second rule of iPhone is that when iPhone does go on sale, it’s only last year’s model, or even older. The third rule of iPhone is that when this year’s model goes on sale, a new model is coming soon.
“iPhone 5 sales have failed to impress. There’s been a lack of innovation over the past few years to come up with the next great device, and consumers have filed to see any differentiation. Samsung has captured the market.”