In the past, U.S. buyers would be the first to receive the Apple iPhone followed by, in some cases, a two to three month gap before the device would be released in developing countries in Asia. Based on carrier behavior, this year could be different
. Sources in the Philippines for Android Authority
are telling them that carrier Globe Telecom is sending out emails to subscribers, telling them the next Apple iPhone will soon be here. Additionally, the carrier has a heck of a weekend sale going on with discounts so low on the Apple iPhone 3GS
, Apple iPhone 4
and Apple iPhone 4S
, that one could take it for an inventory dump. In other words, the carrier is unloading inventory that no one would want if the new Apple iPhone 5
We know what you're thinking. Besides that. You're wondering how Apple will be able to have enough inventory to hold a simultaneous launch, and that is a valid point. Usually, inventory held for pre-orders is sold out rather quickly and not too long after launch, the unit must be backordered. Apple is expected to unwrap the 6th generation Apple iPhone during its September 12th event and there is speculation that pre-orders will start the very same day
with a launch set for September 21st
Two weeks from now, some of you could be checking out your new Apple iPhone 5. Then again, maybe not. A report in the International Business Times says that Sharp has been behind schedule producing Apple iPhone 5 screens, possibly due to the in-cell technology
being used on the unit for the first time. The new technology makes the screens thinner. Sharp is said to be struggling with the high costs to produce the screen eating into its profit margins.
Analyst Rob Cihra, of Evercore Partners is looking for Apple to sell 24 million units of the new iPhone in the September quarter. Chira's Q3 estimate would be a 39% year-over-year increase. For the holiday quarter, which will have three full months of sales as opposed to fewer than one month for the previous quarter, the analyst believes Apple will sell a record 49 million iPhones.