With low-cost Apple iPhone 5C in the works, Apple iPhone 4 still sells well globally
According to analysts, the Apple iPhone 4 played a huge part in the larger than expected 31.2 million iPhones that were sold during Apple's fiscal third quarter. Wall Street had been looking for Apple to report sales of 26.5 million units. Apple did acknowledge that the Apple iPhone 5 was its best seller, which you would expect. But the Cupertino based tech titan did agree with Wall Street that iPhone 4 sales played a big role in the reported sales figures. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a conference call following Apple's earnings announcement last week, that the company wants the iPhone 4 to act like a magnet to attract first time smartphone users. "We want to attract as many of these buyers as we can," said the executive.
Apple has started to push out the Apple iPhone 4 to countries like India. Between April and June, Apple shipped out 205,000 units of its iconic smartphone to the country which was up nearly 300% from last year and 41% sequentially. According to Cook, "India was up over 400%." Apple also started a promotion in India that allows users of another smartphone to trade it in to Apple and get as much as a 7000 Rupee ($117 USD) discount on the purchase of an Apple iPhone 4.
In the U.S., the Apple iPhone 4 is free with a signed two-year contract. But the new Apple iPhone 5C, if indeed that is what the low-priced phone will be called, should replace that model with the Apple iPhone 5 becoming the new mid-range offering. The Apple iPhone 5S or Apple iPhone 6 will be the new premium smartphone produced by the manufacturer.