Apple slowly balancing out the supply and demand ratio

Apple slowly balancing out the supply and demand ratio
Apple's iPhone 6 launch has been nothing short of a success this year. Actually, the only thing that Cupertinians have to complain about is the fact that they can barely keep up with demand. The company's main supplier – Foxconn – has also felt a lot of pressure, and has had to hire 100 000 new employees; had to shift production, allegedly – twice, in an attempt to churn out more of the Asia market's favorite iPhone 6 Plus units; and has recently even invested in a new plant, dedicated to display panel manufacturing.

Well, in the midst of all of this, it seems Apple has managed to make at least a step towards supply and demand balance, as the iPhone 6 models in its online store now list as available in 5 – 7 days for the 16 GB model, and 7 – 10 days for both the 64 and 128 GB models. The 6 Plus can also be had in a 7 – 10 day interval, as long as you want the 16 GB model. The 64 GB one is still pinned at 2 – 3 weeks availability, while the 128 GB variant takes 3 – 4 weeks to ship. We wonder if this is due to the recent memory shenanigans.

Anyway – it seems the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is still selling like crazy. How long could that keep going?



Via: AppleInsider

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iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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46 Comments

1. abhishekvashishth

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Till OnePlus Two comes out!

2. android_hitman unregistered

well, I am sure not. That thing sells in very small batches, I don't even think they sold 1 million One Plus One's in 2014!

41. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You'll need +10 Oneplus Finder gauntlet forged by new zealand gnomes just to get an invitation to buy.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

I really dont understand the logic behind some haters, where they are trying to discredit Apple and iOS that it's all done wrong, useless, pointless, way to expensive, delivers nothing new, literally a "brick". Yet people of all sorts are buying it up. Maybe the things Apple omitted that Android Manufacturers decided to include aren't really necessary. Maybe the devices arent as problematic as the media and haters hype them out to be. I dont know, but since my first iPhone in 2009, I have enjoyed my iDevices, iOS, and the ecosystem that Apple Delivers. I've tried alternatives and did not like them. Huge numbers of sales, doesn't mean the world is brainwashed, or Apple has a magic propaganda - it's simply that PEOPLE LIKE iPHONES.

4. android_hitman unregistered

Or simply put; a lot of people are stupid and like to show off that they can afford an expensive useless device.

6. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Yes yes that's the point people buy iproducts simply to show off. In an indain talk show (Iam not indain) a man asked the anchor how can you be considered international he answered if you have an iphone 6. Soo all the losers or wannabes buy them simply because they want some attention. Like nicky minaj and Justin beiber got iphones and they both need to die instead

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Well I agree there is some people like that. (I live in India) In India people consider paying over 20000/- for a phone is too costly, where iPhone is around 55000/-INR for 16GB model.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

iPhone costs exactly the same as any flagship Android device... Some Android devices cost more than a new iPhone - why dont people buy those to show off????

15. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

First , which I already mentioned in my comment(#7) Apple is very valuable company. Some people simply looking that logo or company. I remember one of my friend(a hard-core Samsung fan) arguing to my other friend(doesn't know anything about tech but pretty good in commerce especially accountancy) saying countless featured of note 3 like multi-window ,s-pen, true multitasking etc. But the end reply from my non-techie friend was "its still an iPhone". Was kinda funny at that time, but there is some people out there simply love Apple, sometime even without any reason. Apple deserve a big credit for creating such an amazing goodwill in people. Secondly. Apple's loyal customers like the one who spent huge pile of bucks in iTunes and app store. Thirdly, Samsung and other competitors actually sells million handsets but I agree not as much as Apple nor as fast as Apple because, the strategy of selling millions of premium phones is only worked out for Apple. And the other thing is that there are many Android OEMs with powerful flagships. Android world is very different from Apple. Apple controls hardware and software and release just one or two flagships and sells millions. While in Android world one may buy note or s5 other buy z3,m8 etc. Also one may buy an s5 this year then in the next year he might buy a note or may buy other flagships like z3 or m8. Loyalty of customers in the Android world is not as strong as in the Apple world. But customers got more choices in android world.

19. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

AlikMalix, yes, some Android device cost more than iPhone6/6+. But, the cost base for comparison is the pity 16GB version of iPhone6/6+. Once you add in much higher resolution (> 2X) and the infinite possibility to expand to 128GB and beyond (multiple 128GB uSDs), camera with >2X more pixel count (slightly smaller than iPhone6 so quality is slightly inferior by default on pixel quality only), more environmental friendly (only iPhone6/6+ use the proprietary 9-pin connector for no apparent practical benefit), then iPhone6/6+ is much more expensive. These are facts, so there aren't not much room for argument!

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Um, I've seen photos load from an SD card on an Android - it takes forever when you got 1000+ photos - so I rather have built in for an extra $30 (quality SD cards cost just under $80) Higher resolution... there was a poll here on PA (where mostly are Apple Haters) and the polls have picked the 1080p and second 720p for the highest preference... I believe apple will introduce higher resolutions when there's use for it and no compromise to performance (it is Android fans that cry when Apple beats benchmarks it's due to higher resolution on Note 4 or LG G3) I rather have smooth UI than resolution I cannot distinguish anyway) ... Camera on iPhone have always been given top marks. I can see better results on Note 4 for example, but that doesn't mean that iPhone camera sucks - it's right up there with the Note 4 and even better in darker areas... And you'd have to pry the lightning port from my cold dead hands before I switch back to miniUSB. I have a baby monitor that uses that thing, I had to clean that damn thing out from dirt, and replace it due to bending of the metal thingy on the edge. I rather all the devices switch to lightning than miniUSB.. Now when you said that the lightning has NO apparent practical benefit - dude, seriously? have you had the opportunity to use a device for a week with it? it's reversable, it's clean (no crevices), and it can hold a phone like a fish on a hook (meaning no accidental disconnects - I won bets trust me).

11. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Or we can put it in USD instead bro.. iPhone 6 16GB $900 iPhone 6 64GB $1050 iPhone 6 128GB $1200 iPhone 6 Plus 16GB $1100 iPhone 6 Plus 64GB $1250 & a whopping top of the line iPhone 6 Plus 128GB costs $1400. Which way too much to ask for.. Shame Apple :-( I hate Apple for this only thing else i am just fine with everything it has. Where as Note 4 Costs $900's for 32GB & a Ultra high speed Extreme pro Micro SD costs $100 more & for a total of $1000's we have a beast in hand with very high memory capacity..:-)

13. AlikMalix unregistered

Then explain to me, if Note 4 costs less, why arent people buy it as much as they buy the iPhone 6+? why is the demand for iPhones so much higher than any other phone compared? Or maybe the Note or pretty much any Android phone costs less, because the manufacturer does not have to build it's own OS and just skin the Adware OS that's available for free from Google? Or the real reason may be that the cost of your Note4 is subsidized by the companies and carriers that put Bloatware on "your" phone, and print their logos on the back to let you know who really owns it... You guys still dont get it: Google created Android to feed advertizing of their REAL customers to you. I'll repeat what I've been saying before: Android is a hound that rounds up all the sheep (a user of android) as commodity to sell to their customers (the companies that wish to sell you a product thru targeted advertising). Best description for Android is: if you're not the customer - you're the product... Look I can do this all day... but people find value in Android phones, just not as much value as Apple products, otherwise these Andoid manufacturers would sell for higher cost if they could!!! Sorry, but basic economics is you offer a product for price which people are willing to pay - people are just not willing to pay for an Android device as much as they're willing to pay for APPLE device. You can jabber all the specs, all the widgets, all the "features" that all the thousands of different Android devices stack up against an iPhone, but the the headline is the same - Apple cannot build iPhones fast enough and and on top of that people are actually reselling them at higher cost than they paid for it - that means that the product is worth more to many than even what Apple is selling it for. Just accept it, demand = better product!!! (now try to spin that)

22. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

AlikMalix, the answer to your question is simple. Consumers do not buy on "value", but on "perception". In fact, most consumers do not understand "value" at all. From the cost the memory example, as well as how iPhone6/6+ offers class-trailing hardware at class-leading selling price, it is obvious that Apple is an extremely greedy merchant. It rarely gives you US$1 worth of good, should you give Apple US$1. Samsung is trying to do the same but it fails, as exemplified by its late market share. However, many other handset OEMs do offer much close to what you are paying for. In the old days, my parents always told me: don't buy from the dishonest (SJ & Apple were trying to cover up the antenna-gate, it was dishonest, wasn't it?), try to buy from the better or more honest merchants. The younger generation was brought up without their parents teaching them such proper "value" principle. This partly contributes so many iP takers. Peer pressure. At the moment, the biggest iP market is in China. I had done many personal surveys in the past. I was always told that owning an iP elevated you to a different class (perceived). This is evident from the answer of the Indian guy from prior feedback. Therefore, iPs are selling better because it is a better marketed product and manage to deceive so many consumers. It is not difficult for these other handset OEMs to beat iPs. They just have to play the marketing game. Regardless, think about this fact, Apple had rarely taken up the "social responsibility". Therefore, it is not a company which human beings with right consciousness and integrity should adore and admire. Therefore, instead of giving away your hard-earned money to a "very greedy" merchant, should you save the money by buying similar device from the "less greedy" merchant. You can use the saved money to buy a sweater for your aging parents, buy a neck warmer for your love ones (Winter is with us now), or sponsor your nephews or nieces or children for a field trip to learn something. Wouldn't these act make your life more meaningful?

29. AlikMalix unregistered

You think that HTC, LG, and Whatever Android is "less greedy"? Ask them to sell you that same phone but without bloat? they wont because it's subsidized by the same companies that install bloat on YOUR phone... Apple sells a product for a price people willing to pay for it. Android manufacturers sell products for a price people willing to pay for it. No one is nicer or evil... If Android Flagship was a better product, people would demand it more - and those manufacturers will raise the price because they could. Unfortunately for them whether it's too much competition or simply people find that iOS is a great experience and they're voting with their money. If there are people that blindly buy apple logo, dont you think that apple's success would have died long time ago if it was truly a bad product? But to this day, I have not seen anyone spend less on their Android than me on my iPhone - the only thing I've seen is after 2-3 years I was able to double or tripple my investment when I sold my used iPhone, and I have not seen these returns from an Android user after 2-3 years... (but I believe with some of today's Android models they may be able to sell them for $400-500 in 2-3 years like we do with our iPhones all these years). Following your example: I buy a iphone for $200 then use it for 2-3 years, sell it for $500 and now I can buy another iphone for $200 and spend $300 buying sweaters and whatever.... do you get it? I have done many surveys myself, and no one has bought an iPhone to show off how rich they are.. Yes rich people prefer an iPhone but I think it's mainly because they dont want to deal with tinkering with their phone just to make a video call to their spouse, for example. I cannot imaging making someone install an app, sign up to a service just to video call someone or find their location - I can just do that with my native messaging app knowing that the person I'm sending my location or requesting location already has that ready because all iPhones have it... It's a convenience and Android user can only dream of, just like getting updates instantly, no bloatware at all, or having someone help you with any stupid question face-to-face...

42. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

You are right about the resale value of iPhone. As time goes by, this will likely change. In US, most phones are subsidized, so you don't pay more up-front. But, there is no free lunch. You are simply paying for the higher price bit by bit over a long period of time. If you pay for the phone without subsidy, then you will know how much more iPhone6/6+ cost over the competition. Lastly, the tier-2 competitors are coming up. In time, there could be a big difference if Apple keeps playing the high-price game. One day, iPhones could be more reasonably priced. When that happens, I will stop complaining about the price extortion of Apple :)

30. AlikMalix unregistered

And dont act like you know every iPhone owner and their view of value. I value my time that I cannot waste tinkering with a phone looking for my app among bloatware, or have you tried updating your HTC One? you gotta know some programming skills once you get your 8 month old Android/Sense UI update... Other value the iOS ecosystem that also integrates with Mac ecosystem.... and your car's infotainment system, and your house, and your health, and your business needs....

38. fckthefanboys

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Sorry but your prices are wrong... Just bought a second one for the GF and it cost 1,050$ CAD (so a lot less USD) for the 6+ 128gb Maybe you should go back to basic math school...

14. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

First , which I already mentioned in my comment(#7) Apple is very valuable company. Some people simply looking that logo or company. I remember one of my friend(a hard-core Samsung fan) arguing to my other friend(doesn't know anything about tech but pretty good in commerce especially accountancy) saying countless featured of note 3 like multi-window ,s-pen, true multitasking etc. But the end reply from my non-techie friend was "its still an iPhone". Was kinda funny at that time, but there is some people out there simply love Apple, sometime even without any reason. Apple deserve a big credit for creating such an amazing goodwill in people. Secondly. Apple's loyal customers like the one who spent huge pile of bucks in iTunes and app store. Thirdly, Samsung and other competitors actually sells million handsets but I agree not as much as Apple nor as fast as Apple because, the strategy of selling millions of premium phones is only worked out for Apple. And the other thing is that there are many Android OEMs with powerful flagships. Android world is very different from Apple. Apple controls hardware and software and release just one or two flagships and sells millions. While in Android world one may buy note or s5 other buy z3,m8 etc. Also one may buy an s5 this year then in the next year he might buy a note or may buy other flagships like z3 or m8. Loyalty of customers in the Android world is not as strong as in the Apple world. But customers got more choice than in the Apple world.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

I was talking about comment #4... But your post still doesnt disprove the fact that people choose iPhone and willing to pay more for some models even everyone here believes it's useless and Note 4 is such a better device...

17. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This comment was supposed to be a reply to your comment#10 but instead I posted a reply to my own comment #8. Sorry for the mistake. And of course iPhones got huge demand than any other product. And Android has too many flagships so I don't think anyone could outsells Apple for a long time.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

I get your point... I do... But the point that poeple buy Apple for it's logo is pathetic attempt to discredit everyone's choice of buying an iPhone... I'd rather talk about how great camera improvements are on nearly all smartphones these days - I threw away my digital camera (sold to be exact) after I realized our iPad 3 was taking better photos, faster, and instant repetition... (I had old 3GS at that time with water drop inside the lens from 3 years prior to that). I'd rather talk about how Apple Pay may finally push what google started with Google Wallet over the tipping point. I'd rather talk about this wonderful tech we take for granted instead of defending myself for my purchase just to nudge a conversation into a more friendly atmosphere...

20. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

But there are people who buys iPhone just because it is an Apple product. I'm not lying. Trust me I've seen many. I'm not discrediting any one that wasn't my intention. There are people who don't care about smartphone features but still buy smartphones (rich people). I've seen many. They use premium products. And 10 out 7 of these kind of people buy idevices. Why? Because they are a status symbol for them which says "I'm too damn rich". I'm not saying iPhone didn't have any features. I know there are many features implemented very usefully. Apple made great goodwill in customers. Its like a rich man buying an iPhone for his general activities though All these features are available on Samsung's flagships but he prefer iPhone because of Apple's value. I'm not saying all Apple's customers are like this but there is some like this.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

All of these features are NOT available on Android!!! Find my friends, face-to-face assistance at the Apple Store, Instant OS updates, an ecosystem that involves your car (even a 50 year old car) thanks to CarPlay and Pioneer/Alpine. Maybe it's the firsts that Apple included in their phones before Android - the important things like App Store, OS level voice assistant, anti-theft ID lock, the cool little features of iMessage, FaceTime (a video calling ability in ALL android devices - not the "can you install this app so we can video chat" scenario), the way Apple Devices communicate with other Apple Devices, including a Mac...even a PC - every photo/video I take today is automatically on my PC in full quality and resolution. Slow motion at 240fps at 1080p? unmatched fingerprint quality.. 64bit tech (in february it will be total 64bit support from all apps) Android is just beginning this stage. The ability to control what my kid does on an iPad while I'm half a world away using my iPhone. I can go on and on... (I really need to make this copy-paste list). Yes there are people that buy iPhone to show off (I dont know if it's in the US) all the phones cost the same here... but there are poeple that would NOT buy an iPhone no matter how great the experience is just because it's an Apple product, dont you think - and they will walk around convincing people that iPhones suck and they should not buy it either - i've seen this with my own eyes in several places - it was pathetic... But trolls litterally try to prove that nearly a billion iDevices sold now are all bought because of LOGO - if you really think that - we have nothing to talk about...

27. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

AlikMalix, you are exaggerating on the car thing. I started working on "connected car" since 1997. So, don't try to over-credit Apple's products. Likewise, don't over-credit Apple on eco-system. Try to stay on fact and principle stuff as much as possible.

31. AlikMalix unregistered

I got a 1984 Porsche 944 as a project car - it now has CarPlay just like a modern Ferrari. It integrates my songlists, my map locations, my contacts and new apps are available weekly. It's the best thing since AUX/BT in the car.... Apple doesn't just make their products work - they make the world around me to connect... all from my tiny little screen, good for nothing, row of icons, apple logo...

35. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

And I always agree Apple's got great ecosystem connected pretty good with their devices.

40. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

I can make the first black-color Ford motor car to play music from the Android or Windows phone also. Apple should hire you as evangelist :)

34. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I want feature counting. Was just an example. Any way there is some features iOS got but Android got. And some Android has iOS don't.

21. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

An android fan showing his inferiority feeling.....

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