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Apple sells 5 million iPhone 5 units during opening weekend, doesn't meet analyst expectations

0. phoneArena 24 Sep 2012, 08:04 posted on

Apple has once again had a terrific launch weekend, as it managed to sell over 5 million iPhone 5 units in the first days of the device's presence on the market...

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posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:25 2

21. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

somewhat like...

meehhh hee hee
meehhh hee hee :))))))))))))

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:33 2

28. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I've been hearing that there have been a fair number of returns, but of course we can't hear about that sort of thing, as it would have adverse effects on the "reality distortion field"

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:53 2

42. jael206 (Posts: 145; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

i see what you did there mate.. but im only blabbering about "regrets", and not "returns".. ya hear?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:13 3

6. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

But how many iPhones have been changed due to issues?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:15 11

8. Ahsan (Posts: 37; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

5million= 30%girl, 20%gay, 35%nerd, 15% who loves apple!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:24 1

19. Getalifeplease (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

and your point...

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:33 2

30. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

...aren't nerds using Android and Windows Phone? Or Symbian/Nokia?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 12:47

77. wojey (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

i thought nerds used android cause all of the spec and stuff. you know since most of you think that people who own iphone are brainwashed, just saying.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 15:22

92. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Seriously your nerd percentage is way too high, that should be morons who buy whatever they see on TV

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:15 10

9. baldilocks (Posts: 746; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

5 million sold.. Probably a million coming back to be replaced..

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 19:44

103. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Doubt that. iPhones have a great track record of not being faulty :) we had more GS3's exchanged in defects the first 3 days than iPhone 5's. Don't be ignorant. Just because your a Fandroid and you can't accept the success of anything that isn't Android doesn't mean you have to act like a child and make up improbable numbers :)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:37

104. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

not at all.

no iphone ever launched with major yellow screen/light bleed issues... oh and definitely not a major antenna issue. nope nope nope.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 22:24

105. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

They really don't have screen issues. Perhaps a few in the past but so has every other device :) oh wait Samsung used to make their display screens.

You never saw the tests they ran on the antenna issues had you? When they held non iPhone 4 devices the same way, they too lost signal.

I've been selling phones for 7 years and the iPhone by far has the best percentage of being the least faulty. Every model will have some flaws but the iPhone to date has had minimal flaws. We've had far more problems with Samsung, Motorola, and HTC devices (even though I prefer HTC :-/ ) of course I think a lot to do with that is of course the fact that Apple releases 1 phone a year while a company like Samsung will release 30 in the same 12 month span. Personally I think releasing fewer models can be a good thing for all Manufacturers.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 23:00

106. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

You mean those doctored results where they had to white knuckle other phones in awkward positions to get them to lose signal?

All I have to do to an AT&T iPhone 4 is lay my finger on that antenna break in the lower left hand corner and it starts dropping bars to zero. I've never found such an easy way to kill an antenna on any other phone.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:17 2

12. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

Rotten Apple will ban all Samsung phones it is threating iPhone 5.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:17 2

13. wendygarett (unregistered)

Lol fail analyst
Impossible it will sold 8millions Lolol

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:32 1

27. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

They're preventing it to sell up to 9 million, like the Galaxy S3's pre-order numbers, scared that Samsung might sue them for copying sales numbers.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:20 5

15. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

I love the Apple commercial touting the 4" screen as "common sense"!
Why did it take 5 years then?
Does it even do true multitasking yet?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:35 1

32. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

No, and it never will without a huge backend update, that is, a complete system overhaul. It's an app launcher, not a true smartphone; it just has a lot of apps and nicer features (namely camera) than normal feature phones. My old Nokia Nuron ran circles around the iphone4, and was only beaten by it for camera quality, screen size and resolution, and number of apps.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:50 3

40. Aeires (unregistered)

And the commercial saying earphones shouldn't be round, which is another way of saying Apple had them wrong for 5 years.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:20 3

17. structureman116 (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)

This is not shocking news to me...I think a lot of 4 and 4s users are holding out for the next one...which is one hell of a smart decision, yet at the same time completely contradicts their dumb decision to get any kind of criphone in the first place!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:22 3

18. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

8 million including the damaged replacements

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:26 2

22. Noble_One (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

It could just be that only the Apple diehards were interested and that apple isn't making new fans. How else can you explain twice the pre-orders without coming close to double the sales from 4s season last year?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:31 5

25. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 987; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Wow, that really is a shocker, especially when you consider that the iPhone5 on launch day was available in more countries, i think 4S was available in 5? and iPhone5 was available in 9 countries on launch, please correct if i'm wrong!

IF im correct then that shows that demand of the iPhone globally has slowed down quite a bit, and is reaching stagnation rapidly. The anaylsts had bet on a minimum of 8million due to the iPhone5 being available in the extra 4 countries on launch, one of them being China.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:43

36. Noble_One (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

I think youre right on point. Great info too...wow. The diehards will try to deny and make excuses for these numbers, but it's quite clear that apple is losing ground.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:39

33. muhsen (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)

this is the second time in apple's history that it misses the analysts expectations(first one is iphone sales in Q2 this year and please no one tells me that this was because people were holding for the new iphone 5 as apple surpassed analysts expectations last year at the same time b4 the introduction of the 4s where people were holding for the 4s as well but that didn't stop apple to exceed analysts exceptions b4 announcing the 4s .
is this the beginning of the end?!
and of course the end will be at least not b4 five years!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:40 9

34. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

SGS3 preorders - 9 million. 10 million sold first weekend and without a US launch.

i5 worldwide launch preorders + sales for the first weekend.. 5 million.

The i5 is available on more carriers than the i4s was, which was available on waaaay more carriers than the i4 was. Seems like they are only increasing due to extra carriers, not because of tons of new customers.

Either way, so far Samsung is smashing Apple in first weekend sales.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 13:29

81. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4839; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I am so glad I wasn't the only thinking that. 5 million in a world wide launch is very weak in my book.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:43

35. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

If they would have had more devices prepared of launch, I am sure they would have had more...but nooo they have to create 'shortages' for the people to keep them interested. Just make a lot of them and have them available...this is coming from an iPhone user.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:46 1

37. Aeires (unregistered)

Sum it up in one word; Duh. When you make only little changes to the new model and drop the previous phone to a remarkably low price, people are more likely to buy the older model and wait for a more than negligible upgrade later.

Granted, a 4" screen is much nicer than a 3.5" screen but when you've been told for 5 years that 3.5" is the perfect size for a screen, some people actually do believe it. Both run iOS6 and even iFans have quoted countless times the iPhone is fast and smooth, so there's really only one reason for better processors, bragging rights.

And maybe the S3 and WP8 phones are swaying customers away from Apple.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:47 1

38. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

That dude looks like he won a billion $, even though the iPhone is so not worth that

Yo buddy, get yo money back!!!!!!!! :0. Hah, I'm copying his face :0 !!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:48 1

39. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I wonder how many where sold to previous iphone users vs blackberry vs android vs windows vs feature and flip phones. If anyhting I bet most were iphone users and blackebrry users. I know very few people on android that changed hands actually I only knew of one person.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:54 8

43. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

Apple = Another Pointless Product with Limited Engineering

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 12:38

74. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1522; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

That was quite cruel, bu hey! Thumbs up for making me laugh.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:55 5

45. medicci37 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

I think I found my new avatar.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:16 3

47. jsjr76 (Posts: 24; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)

It's really sad to see people having bash sessions with Apple. The fact is, Apple makes a better product. Period. Funny how nobody waited in line anywhere for a GS3 or any other Amdroid recently even with all of the advertising. Another thing to think about, a lot of the "stuff" Androids supposedly do that Apples don't, NOBODY USES! Yes, I do like the customization options better, but that's as far as it goes. iPhones are the Glocks of the phone world (except for the indestructibility). They're reliable, the apps work much better, you can something for them anywhere, and you don't have to deal with silly UI's to get worked around for updates. To each their own, but Apple appeals to certain class of people as does Android. But remember, nobody waits in line to buy an Android like I did my I5. And I drove my 911 to the mall to get it. So I'm an idiot how?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:54 1

56. Aeires (unregistered)

Standing in line does not equate to the quality of a product, just the popularity of it.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:26 1

67. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Agreed. Here in Charlotte, the only places that had waiting lines for the iPhone 5 were the Apple stores. From what I heard, anybody looking for an iPhone 5 could walk into any carrier store or "big box" and walk out with a device with minimum wait. The queuing for the iPhone is just a way to show you are fan and want to bond with other fans. Similar to tailgating at a sporting event.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:33

53. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:08

63. iphone4me (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)

I was at the VERIZON Store this past weekend and I looked around to all the Hypes, the like of the Androids, HTC, SAMSUNG CopyCat Sgs, & I couldn't help noticing, no wonder, they appeal to KIDS, they all look like TOYS, Cheap looking Candies! ;-((

Then I turn my way to the new iPhone5, so sleek, beautiful, durable, not cheap plastic like your Androids or SGS. fastest phone in the Planet!
Nah! I'm getting another iPhone Baby!!

Mehhhh! (^_~)
Walk Your Jaws Androids Fanatics, IPhone Envy! ;-((

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:10 1

64. snowgator (Posts: 3586; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Okay, some perspective here....

At the risk of sounding like a pro-Apple dude.... Who gives a rats naked tail what "analysts" think???? Weren't we all making fun of the analyst who said Android would never make it on the "Happy Birthday Android" story?? Now we care on this one?? Because they "only" sold 5 million??? REALLY???

Apple is making so much money per handset, would 3 million have hurt them? 2 million?? Look, iOS is a distant third on my personal choice of devices, and depending on BB10 and if a open sourced WebOS device ever shows up it might fall even farther. But for the iOS fans, they are a happy group. I may not get it, but more power to them. These are huge numbers, and the release of a new iPhone is an event, not just a phone. I still believe Apple has peaked and will show that over the next year and a half, but this launch is a monster success.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:36 1

66. Savage (unregistered)

Lol, Probably happened because people heard about the Apple Maps and are worried they might be lost :P
Maybe, people are holding back until Google releases the Maps for iOS. What else is not working in iP5 anyway?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 13:49 1

82. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

The I5 didnt beat 4s sales because the 4s was launched in just 7 countries while the I5 was launched in the top 9 countries of the world and only sold one million more phones .If 4s was launched in said 9 countries it would have outsold the I5.Do the maths and u will see .divide 4 million by 7 countries and divide 5 million by 9 countries and u will see the 4s out sold the I5.Even though I5 sold 5 million it took all of 9 countries to make this happen while the 4s was only opened in 7 countreis. APPLE IS DECEPTIVE AND FRAUDELENT

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 14:45

88. cdgoin (Posts: 533; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Let me know when there is a QWERTY iPhone, then and only then would I even remotely consider a iPhone.. and probably not even then. So to answer your question.. NO, I don't have an iphone in my hands already.. and never will.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 15:25

93. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Looks like Apple was offering free cake to the iFans who wasted their life waiting in line

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 16:50

99. Jeyak (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

sorry for my english
people talk about Apple (iOS) and Google (Android) Please stop .....

two mobile operating systems are totally different. Although their features can often intersect. On Android, you can do things you can not do on the iPhone, Cupertino we also closed out a product and also restrained, either in software or in hardware ...

Apple not manufacture its product. Smartphone Samsung and LG makes 99% are produced.
in a galaxy S3 99% Samsung product.
then 5 or Iphone 4/4S APPLE O%, 100% software-only

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:08

112. galokjai (Posts: 36; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

so what does it mean when people who cares about their phones more than the kid who it for them? Good thing my Android device is made in South Korea from a person who works 40 hours a week and gets paid minimum wage.

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