Apple iPhone 6 keeps its spot at the top of the Japanese charts

Apple iPhone 6 keeps its spot at the top of the Japanese charts
The 4.7-inch Apple iPhone 6, and the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus, have both been selling like hotcakes in Japan. This is based on BCN's website, tracking the sales of consumer devices in the country. The iPhone 6 is on top of its larger-screened brother, possibly due to a shortage of the iPhone 6 Plus in the country. As we told you earlier this week, the tech titan is believed to be cutting production of the smaller model by 3 million to 4 million units so that it can build more phablet sized iPhones.

In September, the Apple iPhone 6 monopolized the charts in Japan, taking seven of the top nine places. For the week of September 29th through October 5th, the handset had seven of the top eight places. As far as the Apple iPhone 6 is concerned, in Japan it is the 64GB model that gets the  most demand. For all of September, and for the week ended October 5th, the 64GB iPhone 6 owned three of the top five spots.

So which of Japan's carriers have been doing the best job selling Apple's new models? It shouldn't be a surprise to see that SoftBank is ringing up the most iPhone 6 units in Japan. After all, it was the first carrier in the country to sell Apple's iconic smartphone, and it held an exclusive on the device for three years. It is the same reason why AT&T still dominates iPhone sales in the states.

For the week ending October 5th (latest data available), Japanese charts showed the Apple iPhone 6 (1-5, 7-8, 12, 16), the Apple iPhone 6 Plus (11, 17-19, 21), and the Apple iPhone 5s (6, 10, 14, 23) with an overwhelming majority of Japanese smartphone sales. The first (and only) non-iPhone model in the top ten was the Kyocera Digno, which held 9th place for that week.


source: BCNRankings (translated) via Forbes

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37 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

As every year....and with almost every new high end smartphone release....kind of seems like we play the same game every year....its getting boring, overall....with everyone now. Tragic, someone needs to spice up this game with something new....project ara maybe?

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How is this possible? Didn't that one person say that it wasn't going to sell? Do my eyes deceive me?

4. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

It's Apple

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well you were one of those guys who bashed the new iPhones HARD at the beginning.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

All trolling aside, I had my mind set in getting the new iPhone simply due to Yosemite and all of my family having one. FaceTime between everyone is great. :)

29. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

May be a dumb question, but what's the real difference between face time and Skype or some other similar thing?

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Skype is a total battery hog, uses a hell lot more data, and you actually have to log in instead of tapping the video camera button for a call.

10. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

But the iOS market share goes down in Japan. Huge down. Same like in US http://www.gsmarena.com/kantar_windows_phone_gains_traction_in_europe_at_ios_expense-news-9824.php

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

If you had any IQ in your brain you would have noticed that marketshare is before the iphone 6 came out. Lets see the marketshare for Q4 when it gets announced in next years february

18. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

OK Let's wait and see. Bet on that will never recover the lost with just ORGANIZED upgrading of existing iOS users . (HUGE LOST, check out) And then will go down again.

19. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Remind me again why this marketshare metric is important? Does it guarantee you are first in developer attention? Can you spend it? Are you prioritized in the accessories market? The answer to the previous three questions is an emphatic no. Marketshare helps Google, because that means eyeballs on ads, and it would help Microsoft if they had any. The OEMs don't benefit from it, and since they make the biggest investments in Android, I'm betting any of them would trade that Android marketshare that is split a hundred ways for some good, old-fashioned profit. You know, the metric that is important to every OEM...

23. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

The companies may want "some good, old-fashioned profit" that Apple still have, but not we the consumers. For consumers big profit means RIP-OFF and old tech. As soon as Apple start to use the most expensive new tech components(as Samsung do), they will lose the profit. Not Apple , but you the Zombies are the main reason for the Apples profit. But the zombies will find some other Religion if the market share go down and down. Trust me, there is breaking point. See the history

24. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Here we go again.... U can't defend urself so called apple users zombie? get a mirror please. When people buy phones that you think its a rip-off, do u think they care? No! It's just like a dog, barking and then we move on.

27. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

meh fanboyism, meh apple, I don't care if people buy iphone so I called them zombie or isheep because i don't care what they think. not because I like android but only because I think they deserve the name:P

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Congrats Apple, do ya thing.

6. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

*Pegatron

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Sony is still in Japan, and the irony is that Sony is Japanese....

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

*still sleeping..

13. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Their own fault. They have everything a company dreams of having in terms of camera technology and yet they never produce a phone with the best camera. Not saying that that their camera on the phone is the biggest issue but imagine saying sony has the best camera on a phone. Instead its either Nokia, or Apple or Samsung. While none of them make phone camera sensors and they all buy them from sony. Pathetic.

21. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"While none of them make phone camera sensors and they all buy them from sony." Samsung made own GREAT camera on S5

28. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I'm pretty sure sony does not have the best camera on a phone (Lumia 1020 or the monster from panasonic does), but if you look the full resolution sample at GSMarena photo comparison tool the Z3 perform better (at least when it comes to detail) than most other phones like S5, iPhone 6/6+, 930, 1520, and Note 4. So i think the camera is not a problem anymore. iPhone is a product that many people consider to be a luxury and exclusive products. The Apple products also has solid ecosystem and support. I guess that's what makes Apple very successful selling iPhone to this day. And that's what sony still can not do.

9. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Whelp, If Microsoft can't do it with the Xbox One, Apple can do it with the iPhone.

14. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its not MS fault with the one bad sales in Japan. Its known for decades that Japan loves playstation which has many many locally produced wierd games that Japanese culture enjoys. While XBONE has only its weastern typical games.

32. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

true, but did you see E3 or the TGS ? There are games that people in the States would kill for that are EXCLUSIVE to the Japanese Xbox One.

11. frederick333123

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

i love apple products...bt i don want apple to paly monopoly in future...need more tough competitors.after all we all the consumers...we need choices...not apple nor google We the consumers are the kings...

20. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That's the one thing you don't have to worry about (An Apple monopoly). All of their major product lines would fit in a dining room table and they don't go after the low and mid markets worldwide (Yes, in the States you can get an iPhone on contract for $.99 or $99, but the majority of the world pays full price for phones).

22. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Even high end Galaxy phones with same price like iPhone, ppl outside US, buy more than iPhones. (full price)

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The fact is' no Galaxy has ever outsold the competing iphone worldwide, which is why Samsung gets Apple's table scraps. The majority of Samsung's sales are low-end/mid-range phones, since they have never moved even 100 million Galaxy models in a year, but they sell ~300 million phones a year. The entirety of Apple's sales are iPhones, and the majority are the flagship for that year.

31. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

WRONG. Galaxy S4 outsold iPhone 5S . Only that Apple's propaganda split GS4 on two(US and international versions) so iPhone 5S to "lead". Besides Note 3 hav great sell too. On the high-end market Apple and Samsung are comparable. So forget this iMyth P.S. By the way iphones must be compared with the mid range Samsung phones , to be fair.

34. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The iPhone 5S is the comparable model to the S4, but I will play your game. GLOBALLY, the Samsung Galaxy S4 sold < 50 million handsets (down from the 50 million of the S3). GLOBALLY, the iPhone 5 sold over 90 million handsets, You want to stick with that answer?

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