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Foxconn reduces overtime as iPhone holiday sales fall 5% to 10% under expectations?

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Foxconn reduces overtime as iPhone holiday sales fall 5% to 10% under expectations?
A report published on Tuesday says that Foxconn has reduced the amount of overtime it is assigning to its assembly line workers. The move by the contract manufacturer was allegedly made after Christmas holiday demand for the Apple iPhone fell under expectations by 5% to 10%. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers notes that exports from iPhone manufacturing plants in China slid in November, after rising in September and October.

Rakers predicts that Apple will sell 74.7 million iPhone units in the current quarter, which includes the important holiday shopping season. That would be a small increase over the record 74.5 million that Apple sold in the same quarter last year. The company earned an incredible $18 billion during the three month period last year, the most any company has ever raked in over a single quarter.

Part of the reason for the big fiscal first quarter last year was the increase in the size of the Apple iPhone 6 screen to 4.7-inches from the 4-inches on the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c. Apple added a 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus. While the screen sizes of the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus remain the same, Apple added 3D Touch. This feature allows the phone to differentiate between a light, regular, and heavy tap on the screen. Apple also upgraded the rear camera on its new models to 12MP, and to 5MP on the front-facing camera.

source: NYPost

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posted on 30 Dec 2015, 02:19 4

1. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

How high were the expectations? I mean, Apple sold nearly 50% of all smartphones this Christmas season.... what else do these anal-ysts want?

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 02:36 2

2. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

The point is the smartphone market is getting saturated even on apples side. After months of using my 6 plus I finally switched to the 6s plus and honestly there is no difference what's so ever. 3D Touch is a gimic to me because is don't use it at all. Only thing I'm enjoying on this phone is the consistent performance but I can't deny I get bored at times. The OS needs something to make it interesting. I hope Apple figures it out.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 02:56 1

7. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

I dno, I kinda like jumping directly into certain parts of the app, without opening the app first and navigating thru a menu. My favorite is forcetouch a keyboard for scrolling the cursor when typing. Also, i get a lot of texts and emails from various clients who arent in my phonebook yet (or no reason to add at all) but when 50% of your texts are from unknown numbers "peek" to see what's inside a text is SO MUCH FASTER and intuitive than opening texts after texts to find the one I need.

I have 4 out of 7 games that I play that has forcetouch controls already in use - and games are better with it. But like nearly all Apples features - the initial releases are prequel to something huge - I'm thinking the FT tech is the start of in-screen-homebutton.

I can list the things that are really gimmics: Live Photos, Compass, Stocks, Watch App, Tips, iCloud Photo Sharing, and calculator app (asking siri is faster and you can ask more sophisticated calculations thanks to wolfgram alpha). Forcetouch isn't one of them..

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:26 2

12. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

But do not deny that Apple copied some FT features from Samsung's TouchWiz!

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:34

14. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

I'll give you that... I'll also give the "2-finger cursor scroll" from BB that I described above. The problem with air-view, good idea - bad implementation: it was often erroneous and built no muscle memory. Apple coupled it with jolt feedback - it makes it natural - it took more than some software calculating pressed area, or oversensitive screen to make this work - now everyone knows how to do it right - you will enjoy it on your next android phone...

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:20 1

25. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

Air View was very well implemented!
And hypersensitive screen is a great innovation from Samsung.
You could also turn the hypersensitivity of.

And I'll enjoy FT next year not because Android OEMs copy from Apple, but because Synaptics has included it in it's controllers.

Cheers! *^_^*

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:58 2

28. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

So, Chinese phone announces FT a month before (and still not forsale) apple releases a phone you can buy perfectly working example that's also works throughout the ecosystem and already had 3rd party apps supporting it from day one, and by your definition "apple copied"

... yet a year later android starts to implement exact same thing, and it's because some third party started working on FT after apple started selling it - and you say "not because Android OEMs copy from Apple".

Come on, do you hear yourself?

It's the same thing with touchscreens, same thing with multitouch, same thing with app store, FP sensors, remote lock, built-in batteires, built-in tiered storage options, 64bit... dont you see a pattern?

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 05:56 6

32. meanestgenius (Posts: 11548; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Alik, seriously? Do you hear YOURSELF?

There were touchscreen phones BEFORE the iPhone.

There were app stores BEFORE Apples App Store.

And there was "Force Touch" BEFORE Apple implemented it on their handsets. Apple didn't create FT. And yes, they were the first to release a commercially available handset with it, as Force Touch is NOW, but they didn't invent it. BlackBerry, for instance, owns several patents in Force Touch, (and have owned them LONG BEFORE Apple even thought to incorporate it into their devices) and even implemented the precursor to it with the ill-fated BlackBerry Storm.


Apple has brought some things to market first. They've even innovated some things and perfected others. And yes, the market tends to make it "the norm" after Apple implements it. But that's no different from when others ruled the market, like Nokia, Palm, BlackBerry, Motorola, etc.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 06:32 1

37. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

Don't mind Alik, man. He's an Apple diehard who claims Apple invented the whole of FT.


posted on 30 Dec 2015, 06:57 2

39. meanestgenius (Posts: 11548; Member since: 28 May 2014)

You know, I get that he's an Apple fan and likes their products. I get that Apple's products work for him. I even get that he defends Apple here in the comments section from trolls and haters. But what I don't get is how he seems so "blind" to what others have innovated, created, and accomplished compared to Apple. There are a lot of companies out there that have done things which have benefitted the smartphone industry. Those companies that I listed even own patents that are essential to the smartphone industry.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 07:48 1

42. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

It's due to such people that Apple fans in general are despised: iSheep, blind iWorshipper, etc...

I won't call him such names, though...

#HolierThanThou #AndroidFan4Life !

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 07:59 1

44. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2183; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Dude, you are the last person who should be casting stones from your glass house. It's like you don't exist until an article has "Apple" in the title, and then you are in Maximum Troll mode, as if Apple killed your dog or stole all of your family's money and left them on the street. Give it a rest.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 08:44 1

48. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

"It's like you don't exist untill an article has "Apple" in the title"

Seriously? Here are some articles which do not figure "Apple" in the title and on which I've existed:





Now eat your words!

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 10:08

54. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

The market doesn't make every Apple does the norm after them. Apple simply rushes to beat the market to what they are already doing.

For example, if the Apple Watch didnt have all the problems it has during conception, it probably would have been first. Others weer already working an idea and because of the issues Apple had, they ended up being one of the last.

Apple rushed to be the first top have a fingerprint reader, when other OEM's were already about to do the same. To stall them, Apple bought the company that offered the capability of the largest production which prevented other OEM's from using them. This is why Samsung first one was terrible because they had to use another company which had a less viable option. After that Samsung made their own in-house.

All the guys liek you need to understand Apple. They dont make anything except the CPU. Everything else they buy. This is why I personally get angry when you give Apple credit for simply buying someone else's tech and shoving it into their devices. You fools actually think it belongs to them. Apple patented their own way of bring FT and it is limited and boring and does nothing. This compared to what Synaptics has which is better and why Apple is also goign to use it in the next iPhone just liek all the Android OEM's.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 10:20 4

57. meanestgenius (Posts: 11548; Member since: 28 May 2014)

First of all:

The market does indeed make it the norm once Apple implements it. Not saying that happens with EVERYTHING, but many things, yes. Stop viewing everything with your fanboy blinders on.


"Guys like me"

What the f- is that supposed to mean? Should I say "guys like you troll Apple articles"?

"When you give Apple credit..."

I give credit where credit is due, REGARDLESS of how I feel about the company itself. You should try it sometime.

"You fools"

YOU'RE the fool. You waste your time day in and day out trolling Apple articles with your "term paper" style posts. NO ONE CARES what you have to say about Apple, especially when you're speaking from a position of hate or dislike for all things Apple.

You need to SERIOUSLY re-read what you type BEFORE you post it if you don't intend on offending people while trying to get your point across.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 10:01 1

53. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Give it up dude. Force Touch existed before Apple did their own.

Are you also not aware that Apple says they are in talks with Synaptics because the one Apple made isnt very good and it has supply issues which Synaptics wont have which all the other OEM's were already in line to get And apple is at the back of that line.

Apple didnt not bring Force Touch to phones. Based on facts, Blackberry did with SurePress.

Hwoever, back in the mid-70's, I watch a presentor in our class you a force touch capable display. He had a special pointer that when he actually "pressed" the screen with a degree of pressure, it cause other things to happen.

For example. In my biology class, the teacher has the table of elements on the screen. When he "press" it causes a certainly type of dropdown menu to appear which described the element. Then with a "longer press" that menu changed to another which showed its practice usages in industry.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 09:54

52. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

First off it wasn't Apple who made the Force Touch hardware, it was Synaptics. They were already selling the hardware to other OEM's. Again you seem to think because Apple rushed to do it first, they somehow own it.

Apple is an OEM just liek everyone else, they buy every single peice of their devices with exception of the CPU.

Apple didnt do somethign right, they simply implement the hardware that Synaptics did right.

Airview was batter. I dont need tactical feedback. You really fail for that muscle memory bullcrap? Do you gusy fall for every marketing pitch Apple thorughs at you?

What made Airview better is, I never have to touch the screen and get fingerprints all over it for a simple gesture. There was nothing wrong with the implementation. What was wrong is the device it first appeared oh, didnt have the prow-ness to make it work fast enough.

But based on my usage, it worked every single time on the Note without a hiccup. The only device i saw it has issues was my wife's Galaxy S4.

You're not even reasonable. Apple bought Foprce Touch, they didnt event it. Is it better than long/short press?

I will say this. In many cases hardware that does the job in many cases is better than software implenetations..BUT NOT IN THIS CASE.

The reaosn why software option is better is because it can br brought to any device no matter its age as long as the device has hardware fast enough to handle it. Thus you wouldnt be forced to only buy a device that has the hardware only like Apple is doing.

The other issue with Apple and Force Touch is that they didnt even give it any good capabilities.

if you look at Synaptics own video of what Force Touch can do, Apple's version looks drastically lacking on so many points.

posted on 31 Dec 2015, 08:35

71. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)

Techie you are so clueless

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 05:30

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 21219; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Force touch is a sweet feature, can't wait to see what they do with it in iOS 10.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 02:41

3. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)

They want 100% sheep!

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 02:45 1

4. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

must you? really?...

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 02:46

5. Martineverest (Posts: 347; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)

Noting last forever

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 02:51 3

6. artificialintelligence (Posts: 154; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)

people are happy with the iPhone 6 there is no reason to upgrade to the 6s other than for its force touch the camera falls short of expectations most of my friends gave up their iPhone for an android phone the only reason to buy a iPhone these days is either to showoff , or brag i think the iPhone cool factor has gone down

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:04 2

8. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

Those that are upgrading every year, regardless of brand or platform, wouldnt see much to be excited about. I still think the mobile devices are a 2 year minimum per upgrade. Those that switched from iphone 5s or earlier (like me) definitely benefit from 6s offerings.

The rest of your post, is just jibberish. Maybe in some country where apple does not sell iPhones and are hard to get one - it's a rare novelty item, but when android devices cost more than iphones these days, I dont see it as something to brag or show off - people buy it because they either: like it, were happy with previous iphone experience, or got tired of android or others. As far as iPhone cool factor - it went down after iphone 2 or 3... but the sales just keep ramping up... It's a great device - deal with it!

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 06:20

36. Raito (Posts: 58; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)

Looks like i'm the only one that migrating from Android to iOS because Android is so BORING for me,,i dont need customization because i need phone that just work,even Windows 10 on phone are better,

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:12

9. cnour (Posts: 750; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

Every year we read the same news and Apple continue to f**k the world.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:22 6

10. tedkord (Posts: 11662; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Well, 15% of the world, anyway...

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:54

19. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

lol, tedkord, you get points for twisting that so cleverly... +1

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 07:54 3

43. tedkord (Posts: 11662; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I love trolling trolls.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 08:42

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 21219; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Absolutely hilarious.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 14:11

64. cnour (Posts: 750; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

f**king 15% of the world with one dick (sorry one phone) is not bad!!!!!

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 17:40

68. meanestgenius (Posts: 11548; Member since: 28 May 2014)

iPhones 5s, 6, 6 plus, 6s, and 6s plus = one phone?

Either your math completely sucks or you're saying Apple has been releasing the same phone for the last couple years. I'm inclined to believe it's the former.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:22 3

11. artificialintelligence (Posts: 154; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)

i lol'd when you said "its a rare novelty like an iPhone is some kinda valuable gem tsk tsk please get over yourself androids do not cost more than iphones the Samsung galaxy note 5 goes for about $600 unlocked the price is justified because you get a whole lot for the money whereas the iPhone 6s starts around $799 and you only get 2GB with of ram and just 16GB internal storage plus you have to pay another $100 just for more memory i dont care what anyone says iphones lag more than android just stop defending apple please dude

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:30 1

13. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

Even the 64GB Galaxy S6 now costs $560 where I live.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:50 1

17. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

that's because the s6 is what, 8/9 months old device? Firthermore, all androids drop price dramatically after they're introduced to gain consumer interest and sales. iPhones do not drop in value that quickly. but I bet the current iPhone would be cheaper when new Samsung GS7 comes out? You want to have this conversation then?.... why are you so ignorant (for a lack of better word, no offence) when it comes to basic supply and demand?

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:02 4

22. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

It's not only a matter of droping prices quickly to gain people's interest.

Samsung has been alowed by several gorvements to pay less tax than other competitors because they ship alot of different devices in huge volumes to many countries.
Apple doesn't ship as much vareity of products as Samsung, so their taxation fee does not reduce over time like Samsung.
Which is why Apple's products stay at the same price even after 9 months.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:19

24. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

Hmmm... that's a first time I hear of this... interesting either way...

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 10:11

55. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

All Android? No theuy do not.

The Galaxy S still starts at $599 on Verizon which tends to be an expensive carrier. Sure "SOME" retailers may drop the costs.

However this last Christmas, it as carriers and retailers running for more deals to get an iPhone vs Gaalxy device.

The only Galaxy devices that saw prices drops was the S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus which Samsung tried to sell for way to much. The basic S6 did not change in price.

I dont know how you fans are so blind ot facts.

First fact, Apple copied Sprint and T-Mobile leasing options for iPhone which drops the costs where you pay $20 forver to lease an iPhone and trade up to each new model by bring back the old one.

Target offered a $200 gift card to purchase an iPhone
Verizon offered at first $100 off the iPhone no matter the size. Then they changed it to giving the 128GB model for the price of the 64GB model.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:39

15. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

I'm not defending anything!... please stop taking my sentences out of context, look what I'm replying to. I didnt say iPhones are some kinda gem - I said it costs more in some countries because it rare, thus people show it off (if that's even true these days) I'm skeptical about what the post that I replied, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. You're like a zombie, looking for catch phrases to pick on...

stop attacking apple please dude (your words, not mine)...

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:50 3

16. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

I've also noticed that people buy iPhones just to show off for acclamation or to score points. Because the Apple brand is synonymous to premium or "the wealthy".

But I buy for the specs. I want the most bang for my buck, and Apple is far from that.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 03:52

18. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

Where in the world do people come up to you and say - "Look at my iPhone, are you jealous?" I visited europe, even some eastern europe and NO ONE ever showed off or mentioned their iphone - and there are abundance of this device there.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 06:19

35. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)

It's a fact, especially in the United States. Every person I KNOW with an iPhone only has it for bragging rights. Go on twitter/instagram and you will see just how much people are ignorant towards other brands and think that Apple is the only way (calling you broke or without money if you don't have one) just because all of the celebrities have it and the price point. How anyone can deny this is beyond me.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 15:05

65. darkkjedii (Posts: 21219; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Post 16 was pure stupidity, by a stupid troll.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:01 1

21. artificialintelligence (Posts: 154; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)

exactly like i said most people buy iphones to show off i just don't say things out of context for entertainment purposes most of my friends bought iphones just to be in the cool club some people on here just don't know when to give up and stop defending apple they are worse than trolls

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:20

26. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

Havent met one person that bought an iPhone to show off. Where do you live?

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:55 1

27. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

If you haven't met them yet, it doesn't mean they do not exist!!

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 05:07

29. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

not denying it.. but I bet those people are happy to get a touchscreen smartphone and would brag about an android device just as well...

Here in the US - it's kind of stupid to brag about an iPhone when 85% teenagers have no older than 5-7 year old cars...

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 06:04 2

33. meanestgenius (Posts: 11548; Member since: 28 May 2014)

I live here in the U.S. and I know several people who have gotten iPhones simply for "bragging rights", or because they feel it's the "cool" or "in" thing to do. Teenagers, for instance, do so because they want to have what their friends have because they feel it puts them in with the "in" or "cool" crowd.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 06:14 1

34. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

That's what Alik is trying to ignore...

Thanks for the backup, MG! *^_^*

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 07:00 2

40. meanestgenius (Posts: 11548; Member since: 28 May 2014)

No problem, Hexa.

I find it hard to believe that he has not met at least ONE person that feels that owning an iPhone made them feel cool.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 08:19 1

45. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

And if you do not own an iPhone, pals tag you as "broke" or "not up to us"

Classmates also compare laptop specs, and one claimed that his rig has the best specs in the in class. And IT guys were comparing their rigs' against each other.

People brag alot about owning an iPhone too.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 08:58 2

49. jonboy1515 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)

not gonna lie..i work in a cell phone store. the amount of kids that come in(14 and under) and say they want an iphone just for the reason that its an iphone is ridiculous. If they give me a legit reason its one thing. But so many just say oh its an iphone so therefore i have to have it. I'm not an apple fan but i have to give credit to their marketing department. Its done its job thats for sure

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 21:31

69. AlikMalix (Posts: 5849; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

So that makes sense.... The reason why I don't see anyone bragging just because they own an iPhone was because I don't hang out with 14 year old kids and under.... Is that where you guys get your "people just buy iPhones for bragging rights" bull? That's not a demographic... That's just kids that haven't learned what's valuable in life - cellphones aren't it (regardless of brand). People I associate with buy iPhone because they're better at many things than android, and have features that are important to them that android phones don't offer.

I guess I forgot I'm dealing with pre-puberty fanboys here. Thanks for finally straightening that out - my favorite post of the month, bro.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 21:49

70. meanestgenius (Posts: 11548; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Just because we've noticed teenagers bragging about owning an iPhone doesn't mean we hang with them or are "pre-puberty fanboys". Many of us, myself included, have children and younger relatives that have friends that brag about this, or they brag about it themselves. I think it's rather anal of you for assuming it's because we're "pre-puberty" fanboys or that we hang with 14 year old kids and under.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 10:23

58. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

He has, he is just a liar.

I can speak from my own experience. When I first got an iPhone 4, because of the marketing hype, I felt I was cooler and better than anyone who had an Android phone.

Until I bought my first Android (Droid Incredible) and realized instantly I was a fool to think I was cooler when the iPhone was basically no different. In fact it was worse than my Android.

But I also upgarded to the 4S, yes jjust to get Siri. Then after I got it after using it as an app, I realized it was stupid as well. Hindsight is 20/20, but I realized that I didn't have to be liek everyone else to be cool.

Cool is having a device i can make be mine in every way possible. Where I can do more than change wallpapers.

I also got sick of jail-breaking and as soon as I jailbreak, Apple breaks it with an update.

The iPhone is a status symbol. My wife's sister had an iPhone we sent them. She liked it for just a few days and asked for an Android. I sent her an S4...she loves it. This year she has the S6 Edge and now all the iPhone overs in the family with their iPhone 4/5's are all jealous and always want to use her phone.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 17:15

67. Rocket (Posts: 290; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

I have met a bunch, my brother, my cousins and some friends and they all said dump that trash when they see my oneplus one but after showing em some nive gestures like double tap to wake the screen up, circle when the screen is off to launch camera two fingers swipe down to play/stop music and many more they shut their mouths, lol

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 10:18 1

56. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

It doesn't cost more because its rare. It costs more because Apple takes advantage of the fact that in many areas the iPhone is a status symbol and apple simply takes advantages of the consumers who buy them.

Show me a country where the iPhone is rare? You think the iPhone is rare in India? Europe? Asia? Really?

Just go online. Every major carrier in whatever country offers the iPhone. The problem is most cant buy it.

Availability isnt an issue, its making it available at a price people can pay. Which is why a guy here got busted buying them with gifts cards they used fake credit card to get Apple Store credit. He was busted with 470 phones which were goign to be sold on the black market. At what price? Probably half what Apple tries to sellt hem for.

If you think iPhones are real scarce then you have some serious problems.

With the internet, no product is scarce.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:00 1

20. hado86 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

First I don't think the two are related, because more than one news outlet confirmed another record year of of iPhone sales and at Target, Best Buy and Walmart Apple was sold 55% of time during the holidays since Black Friday. Lastly duh, phonearena, most folks upgrade every two years like me! But there's a ton of folks who refresh every S model.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:09 1

23. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

Some upgrade every year or even every 6 months just to have the latest and greatest tech, though not necessary.
Others upgrade after 2-3 years...

That's the world we live in!

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 05:09 5

30. scarface21173 (Posts: 155; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)

Most school kids in the uk use iphones coz they want to look cool.

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