Apple iPhone 5s makes up a larger percentage of the iPhone's installed base than its predecessor did last year
So what explains the better performance by the iPhone 5s compared to the iPhone 5 last year? One reason is the new model's lack of any manufacturing issues that would make the phone hard to find. In fact lead times on Apple's website are declining and are currently at 3 to 5 business days. It took 60 days for the iPhone 5s to reach this mark. Last year, it took the Apple iPhone 5 70 days to have its lead time drop down to 2 to 4 business days. In 2012, the Apple iPhone 5 struggled through a period when it was extremely hard to find, although some vendors went out of the way to make sure that they were not blamed for the shortages.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has been tracking availability of the iPhone 5s in stores belonging to the four major U.S. carriers. Two weeks ago, 31% of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile stores had the full-featured Apple iPhone in stock, a number that has since risen to 90%. The analyst estimates that Apple will sell 55.5 million units this quarter.
Apple iPhone 5s has a larger percentage of the phone's installed base than the iPhone 5 had 66 days after launch Fullscreen
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Apple iPhone 5s has a larger percentage of the phone's installed base than the iPhone 5 had 66 days after launch
source: Fiksu via Forbes
1. Finalflash (Posts: 855; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Classic Gene, always throwing out numbers that disappoint him at the end of the quarter. And classic Alan F., always trying to find good Apple news, but apparently 1% is amazing, someone buy Tim Cook another yacht.
6. improv (Posts: 91; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
It actually is pretty impressive in the sense that still so many people are upgrading to iPhones that eagerly. I am both a fan of Apple and Google devices but the iPhone 5S was slightly disappointing (though I did get it as a backup along with my Nexus 5). I didn't expect much though and I'm looking forward to see what the iPhone 6 will have to offer.
9. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That's a sweet two punch combination. +1
15. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
It actually is quite impressive in the sense that so many people are brainless iFans. There, fixed it for you.
16. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You seem pretty brainless too woodshop. Think about it, all you do is come here to bother people, and bash apple, and what does it accomplish? No one will base their decision on your useless banter, and apple is clocking billions despite your useless banter. You brainlessly, suptupidly bash apple all day, everyday, every article. It accomplishes nothing, yet you still do it...brainlessly.
24. TerryCrowley (Posts: 182; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
Dark telling it like it is as usual. How you've been
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Hanging in there Terry, how are things on your side?
29. TerryCrowley (Posts: 182; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
Same ol stuff. Swapped my GS4 for the Nexus 5 cause I couldn't stand touchwiz or the hardware. My biggest regret so far is that I've never had the chance to get a Moto X
32. TerryCrowley (Posts: 182; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
I dig it. Only real problem I have with it compared to the S4 is the camera is so inconsistent. Sometimes it works great in doors, sometimes a little white light will ruin an entire photo. I really enjoy the build quality of this device over the S4. It actually feels like a premium device and not slippery/plastic. What are you rolling with these days?
33. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
5S and still got my note 2 for my android fix. I'm considering an N5, been looking on Craigslist.
3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
These are US figures only. Look elsewhere, like in Europe, or over here in New Zealand, and no-one has the latest iPhone. Everyone's happy with the 4s, or the S4 or even with cheaper Chinese brands like Huawei and ZTE.
5. rawbow (Posts: 393; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
no one has the latest iPhone...really kid? You carry the display picture of a respectable community of whom I consider as artists. Don't go overboard with your hate and wet your pants in the process..just saying
10. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Dude, that's all he does. According to him, only 7 iPhones have been sold outside the states.
11. Sauce (Posts: 717; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
Like my dad always said, people who make fun of you are jealous. Totally understandable here. Apple gives many reasons to be jealous of them. Hook. Line. Sinker.
13. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yes they do, highly successful, trend setting, and makes some of the best products money can buy. On top of all that, they have a very loyal fan base. As much as I love some of the other devices, and tech out there, apple/iOS continues to be my go to tech. Nothing's perfect, but it just works.
12. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Yep. Come over here to my country and try to find someone with a 5s. That's right, you'll find no-one, no-one except one or two businessmen, and the only reason they have one is because they're given it by their respective companies. They find no incentive to upgrade from a 5 or 4s.
14. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Mmmmmmmkay, thanx for the info. I'll forward this info to Tim Cook, rite after I faaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrt.
20. JakeLee (Posts: 372; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
In your country (New Zealand, right?), it must be hard to find anyone at all, except for the regular townspeople around you.
Your country might be beautiful, but unfortunately (or fortunately) it's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in multinational corporations' strategies.
Without your lovely neighbor Australia, you wouldn't even get internet connection.
So what happens around you might be heavily distorted.
However, you could be right with your remark about no incentive upgrading iPhones.
And that's what makes iPhones so great. They all get updated SIMULTANEOUSLY PRIOR TO the new model's launch.
What about Android?
A New Nexus arrives with the newest Android, the OEMs follow it with their new flagships AFTER FOUR~SIX MONTHS, and the old ones get updated IN REVERSED ORDER, IF AT ALL.
Is it ok for you? Not for me.
This kind of DISRESPECT is simply INEXCUSABLE in my book.
Once they have your money, you are just a nuisance to them.
Apple indeed isn't the nicest guy in the world, but Apple never pretended to be either.
You pay them, and they serve you the best they can, clean and simple.
What about Android? The reversed order mentioned above tells everything.
26. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Who the heck wants to come to your country, just to see who all has iPhones? Come to MY country, and stop by Las Vegas dude, you won't care who has iPhones. You'll be too busy looking at T&A, eating at cheap buffets, clubbing, and visually being blown away.
4. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Not surprised, this phone is a beast in an elegant, beautiful package. Good job Apple.
18. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
means that the iPhone will need a few more versions to catch up with the capabilities and beauty of the HTC one.
22. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Go with it for what? That your opinion, but the facts are, the HTC One isn't even really selling. HTC continues to be in hot water, say what you want about iPhones, but they along with galaxy's and notes are the phones people want. Only apple and Samsung matter. The One, is the new Atrix...all souped up, and no one wants it. Now go with that sonnnn...
27. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
Didn't you just say the other day that for android phones you'd go with an HTC one? you're full of contradiction.
28. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
I bet you haven't used an android device for the last couple years.
31. darkkjedii (Posts: 8873; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I think the HTC One rocks, and yes I'd use one. That wasn't the point of my comment though, so re read it. What I think about the ones beauty, and power doesn't change the fact that it's not a coveted device. Now contradict that.
34. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
don't know how u can even compare the One to the Atrix even in terms of sales. ur a meany
23. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1773; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I think the biggest reason for that difference is the fact that T-Mobile wasn't selling an iPhone at this time last year.