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Apple iPhone 6 continues to monopolize smartphone sales in Japan

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Apple iPhone 6 continues to monopolize smartphone sales in Japan
The Apple iPhone 6 remains the top selling smartphone in Japan. In fact, based on the latest rankings published by Japanese website BSN, SoftBank's version of the 64GB Apple iPhone 6 remained the top seller in the country for the second month in a row. The 64GB model of the iPhone 6 for carrier au, moved up from third to second during November. That allowed it to swap positions with the SoftBank branded 16GB iPhone 6. The latter dropped from second to third last month.

In October, six different versions of the iPhone 6 captured the top six smartphone sales positions in Japan. And in September, October and November, the top three smartphone sellers in Japan each month have been different variations of the iPhone 6. Meanwhile, the best ranking for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus just occurred last month when Apple's 5.5-inch phablet finished 9th in Japan.

And here is a strange bit of news. For some weird reason, those trying to purchase the Apple iPhone 6 or Apple iPhone 6 Plus directly from Apple's Japanese website, are being told that the phones cannot be ordered. Perhaps it has something to do with the way Chrome translates the site. Still, it is a bit strange since the Japanese online Apple Store only recently showed the lead times for those ordering either iPhone online. As soon as we hear something on this mater, we will pass it along to you.


source: BCNRanking (translated), AppleStore (translated) via Forbes

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posted on 14 Dec 2014, 02:35 16

1. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


How can such an advanced country be so primitive when it comes to smartphone choice?...

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 02:45 29

3. AlikMalix (unregistered)


They arent blinded by unexplained, unnecessary, self inflicting hate toward what is actually quite a great brand and/or toward other people that enjoy Apple Devices....

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 03:09 8

4. cnour (Posts: 1231; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


They are not smart as you and Android fans.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 03:14 14

5. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Most probably YOU are the primitive one.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 03:16 6

6. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


I'm pretty sure 32-bit is primitive... Correct me if I'm wrong.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 05:48 6

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3729; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You are simply as ignorant as anyone can get. You have zero empathy. Believe it or not, not everyone has the same tastes as you. Get over it.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 05:54 6

18. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1583; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Holly s**t! I counted 5 BURNS in one sentence. Well done mister!

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 06:27 3

21. Awalker (Posts: 1657; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


If you look at some of the products coming out of Japan they have their own unique taste. The iPhone fits in line with it.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 06:29 1

22. Awalker (Posts: 1657; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


What does personal phone choice have to do with empathy?

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 07:04 2

26. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


Millions of Japanese people have red your post on their brand new IPhone 6 devices. They are simply having too much fun with their i devices to care about what you say...
They are also laughing at you saying what a jelaous fanboy you are.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 07:17 4

27. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3729; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Look up the definition of the word. Empathy is the ability to share or understand the feelings of another. I may not like your phone choice, but I understand why you like it & I don't give you sh*t or be an asshole about it. Make sense now?

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 09:06 2

30. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Very fashionable people, fashionista play ground for iPhone.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 09:08

31. Awalker (Posts: 1657; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Does empathy include the "the ability to share and understand the [murderous] feelings of another"? I think you're using empathy way too broadly here.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 09:10

32. Awalker (Posts: 1657; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


They can read his post on any device so I'm not sure what your point is.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 10:12

34. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I gave YOU a green thumbs-up. But the Japanese are no different than anyone else when it comes to economics... Since the 1st iPhone, which took the industry in a storm... People with "Taste" bought one... We also spent lots of "money" on Apps, which would be stupid to give-up! What, with the iMac still running beee--you--tee--fully?

In other words... iPhone users are LOCKED into an ecosystem that makes no sense to abandon.

I carry a iPhone 6 and the Samsung Note 4, which is probably what a lot of people in Japan do, using ios AND an Android "unique taste" Phone... i.e. Acer and Asus, to Droid, HTC and Huawei, to Lenovo and LG, to Meizu and Nexus, to Sony, Xiaomi and ZTE.

IOS users HAVE to buy the NEXT iPhone to stay Up-to-Date. At the least every 2-3 years. O.o Apple Got Us!

Writing from a iMac.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 10:23 6

36. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Tell me the benefit of iOS since it went to 64 bit?
Yea, you dont know.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 12:46 5

37. cnour (Posts: 1231; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


One of the most important benefit: increase the inferiority feeling of Android fans, like you.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 13:05 5

39. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


inferiority feeling? lol. to what? My high knowledge base vs your low base?

Yea, dont know why that'd make me feel inferior. Besides, if your trying to pretend im a troll, your barking up the wrong tree.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 13:56 3

41. tedkord (Posts: 13234; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Worldwide, 6 times as many Android users read it on their devices than iOS users. Enjoy your small, regional victories.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 14:01

43. dimas (Posts: 2466; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


It's all about trendsetting and being updated in fashion. Japanese teenagers are known to be very vain and always go for the latest hip thing. It can also be a factor that the latest iPhone design is close to Japanese robotics aesthetic design: curvy and all white. On top of that, Japanese phone case manufacturers just opt on focusing Hello Kitty designs for iPhones, very few case designs are made for Sony and Sharp. It's all about looking cool for the Japanese kids and I'm sure Apple made studies on this Japanese behavior to conquer that market.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 14:17

45. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3729; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I'm not sure I understand your point. As far as I'm concerned (and I am a pysch major, so I trust my own opinions on this), I have used the word correctly.

https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=empathy&oq=emp&gs_l=hp.1.0.35i39j0l5j0i20i46j46i20l2j0.1777.2188.0.4057.4.4.0.0.0.0.84.291.4.4.0.msedr...0...1c.1.60.hp..1.3.233.0.IUrGgWI36GM

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 15:09 4

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 23582; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said bro, damn well said. +100 man.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 15:11 1

49. darkkjedii (Posts: 23582; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


BOOOOOOOOMMMMM goes the dynamite. +100 bro.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 18:28 1

54. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


So if I am unable to relate to the emotions put forth by iSheep or fandroids means that I have no empathy?

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 20:00

58. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


How does one "red" a post?

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 20:28

60. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


iOS is optimized for it. All around. It can keep up against the silly quad core and octa core 32-bit processors at a much lower clock speed with only two cores. I'm excited to see Android run on a device that's running a 64-bit processor, but it's pretty sad that we haven't seen one yet. You can't possibly think that Android won't benefit substantially from 64-bit...

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 21:51

61. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Apple certainly enjoys collecting all the smartphone profits world wide.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 22:26 1

63. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


The moment you add customization to something, then it needs to support more stuff, needs to be ready for more stuff, and thus the system becomes heavier, look at how older ios devices now have trouble with newer ios.

As for benchmarks, the results I have found so far, some say iphone 6 plus loses to android phones of similar specs, and before you say 'it has less cores' I want to point out that its gpu is not only 2 cores, but 4 similar to many other mobile gpu's and cpu has probably very little to say in terms of graphic performance, so it is not using 'less' in terms of graphics.

Is the iphone a bad phone? no
are android phones bad? no

Which one fits you? That is entirely up to the individual.

But please stop treating apple's product like it is some sort of super/magical/godlike device, because it is not, it is a good device, just like other smart devices. Apple has been clever in how they explain its strengths, but it is more limited in terms what it can do, and thus also requires less of the cpu.

That said, IOS is not getting any advantages from 64 bit at all, unless operating with insane high integers, cryptography perhaps, or it had more then 3gb of ram.
Most likely 64 bit was done to make it easier for devs, that already are using 64 bit machines now a days, to not have to worry if they did something that exceeded 32 bit limitations. It is even likely they chose to do it as a 'we got there first' since those limitations aren't really hitting smart devices yet.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 23:41 1

65. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


You're an idiot. This has nothing to do with iOS devices. This has to do with the processor. And they aren't similarly spec'd. Manufacturers that support Android phones have much faster cores. By A LOT. It is silly having so many cores though. That's the part that's NOT helping anything at the moment. Dual core works perfectly fine in phones at this point. Quad core might become useful someday, so that's fine to be future proof on that. But anymore than that and it's just getting silly. Stop talking about OS's all the f**king time. It's the manufacturer that decides on the processor, not f**king Google. Apple happens to be the manufacturer of both the hardware and software, but this isn't about iOS or iPhones being better. Stop being ignorant. The people who comment on this site are always ignorant and one sided. There's nothing wrong with either! They both have strengths. Stop undermining one strength just because it's a f**king iPhone!

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 00:09

66. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


It is nice how you go all defensive, when I never undermined anything, I pointed out a few things about IOS devices, that holds true.

If IOS requires less power, then it does not need an as powerful processor, that it can run graphics on par with android devices, is because its graphic processor is on par, in terms of numbers of cores and power. If the user interface, can do less, it requires less power to run, and as such a lesser processor will do just fine.

I am not being ignorant by a long shot, as you would see from my post, I am pointing out that neither iphones nor android phones are bad devices, and that it is up to the individual user to decide which fits them best.

I am telling you stuff that is officially available, go look at the specs of the iphone, look up the gpu, rather then start cursing, I never claimed that the iphones are bad, as I clearly stated, I claimed that as IOS gets closer to android in terms of customization, it becomes heavier, older devices cannot run it.

I said apple were clever about explaining its strengths, and that's a good move by apple, it is not anything meant negative, unless clever means that somehow.

And about 64 bit, that is true, no mobile device is going to take advantage of any 64 bit advantage for quite some time, unless we are talking about cryptography or more ram, 64 bit computing is not better then 32 bit unless it is actually using functions that break the 32 bit limit, which just doesn't happen currently on any device other then cryptography, though I could be wrong in which case please inform me of what takes advantage of 64 bit.

So try to relax instead of coming off with knee jerk insults, simply because you want to defend your product, you do not have to, if you enjoy an iphone or ios device, then what need is there to defend it? The statements I made are not negative in nature, but stating facts, and trying to make people react just like you do, feels almost like apple is a religion at times. :(

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