iPhone 4S and 4 doing very well, iPhone 5 could be better

iPhone 4S and 4 doing very well, iPhone 5 could be better
Ah, the good old times when the iPhone 4S was all the rage... Things were so much simpler for Apple back then - you could make a whole iPhone almost entirely out of glass, the stock was high, and there were only four rows of icons, none of that fancy five row stuff.

Anyways, those times are gone and now the iPhone 5 is Apple's current flagship smartphone. While it's a pretty cool smartphone, though, it doesn't seem to be so appealing for consumers, especially when the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are available at more affordable prices. The iPhone 4S, for example, costs just $99 on contract, while the identically-looking, but slower iPhone 4, can be had for free on contract, which is not a bad offer at all.

A study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates that just 53% of all iPhones sold during Apple's fiscal Q2 2013 were iPhone 5 devices. We say "just," because apparently the iPhone 4S sales represented the much better 73% of all iPhone sales back when the 4S was the current model. What this means is that Apple's average selling price is lower these days, as it isn't selling as much of its most expensive smartphone.

Still we have to acknowledge the fact that this study was made using data from just 500 customers, which is not that bad of a sample, but leaves a bit of room for doubt.

There might be many reasons for the weaker demand for Apple's latest model. One possible explanation could be that it doesn't introduce anything that groundbreaking over its predecessor, though the bigger screen does seem to be a worthy investment. What we're more interested in is the company's upcoming iPhone (or iPhones), not only because of the expected hardware enhancements, but mostly due to the radical iOS overhaul that we've all been waiting for. Whether that is going to happen, though, remains to be seen.

via: Gigaom

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35 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They are all good devices. A lot of people who have the 4S can't get the 5 due to not having upgrades. That changes when the 5S is out. Then we'll see more domination.

3. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

just in ur dream u will see it

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

or it could be that people don't want to pay £530 (UK) for an extra row of icons !!!

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's the exact same logic I used to tell you that the 2.3 market share will go down exponentially this year, yet you didn't listen.

14. NewTone

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Once my 4s contract is over im going to get the s4 or note3 so count me out for helping the 5s get any sells

29. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Excuses. Is it possible that the users find nothing new in "the new 5"?

2. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

4s was more successful than the iphone 5

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree, but these three iPhones are not the best! :)

10. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

yes comparing to high end android smartphones nothing of three is the best

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree! :)

30. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

You meant to say these "not the best smartphones" continues to kick butt against the best android devices. More people continue to buy iPhones than android devices based on the latest data from the major US wireless carriers.

35. winenerd

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

iPhone is leading in market share in one country in the world as far as I know. In Europe, iPhone has less than half the market share of Android.

36. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Lol. i saw a lot of European telecommunication chart Iphone 5, 4s still the best selling phones, and guess what the worst selling phones it's lumia 920 and note 2! even though the xperia v doing better than lumia 920 and note 2.

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Figured as much. Ever since the iPhone 5 launch, I've seen a ton more iPhone 4/4S users, more prominently the iPhone 4. I think I've only ever seen maybe 2 iPhone 5's outside of a store. I don't understand why some people say the main reason why Android is so popular is because they have dirt cheap ultra low end phones, when it's the same thing for Apple, in the States at least. When the iPhone 3GS was practically free with a contract, there happened to be a LOT more of them, same deal for the iPhone 4 now.

7. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

"Though the bigger screen seems does seem to be a worthy investment" My Note 2 just rebooted from laughing so hard.

18. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

No, it rebooted because its a glitched out P.O.F. :)

25. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I loved my 4inch phone(An Xperia X10a); however, it's 2013, so 4.7inch 720 or higher displays for me.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The iPhone 5's slogan still cracks me up, "The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone" xD Apple make excellent products that people want to buy. -Mxyzptlk Hahaha...........xD

11. FlushGordon unregistered

A 3.5 inch phone? Eeeeeew...its soo 2007 Id be ashamed to use one on the streets

13. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

It will be a very interesting evening. Either the stocks are going to take a beating or it's shooting up. I hope for the first option because Apple has sat around and did nothing. Make them rethink about releasing an "s" model against Samsung and HTC. Time to show Tim Cook the door. Arm chair CEO's such as myself have better ideas.

34. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

HTC is no threat to Apple and Samsung released their S model earlier this year.

15. Apartments

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

It's really sad come on apple you, i guess can do better lol! Stop trying to file lawsuit against people and innovate..Like Samsung does. .galaxy note ll nice

16. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Funny. They had a sample group of 500 people. This website alone could get a bigger sample then that. I don't really hold much weight when it come to these "results". Even more so, when the US has a pop of 300 million + and you ask 500 of them what they think.

32. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

And I guess the "300 million" people in the USA use iphones?

21. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I'm a WP convert but I also have an iPod touch and/or borrow my wife's iPad whenever I need my iOS fix. Is it just me or are iOS touchscreens just not up to par these days? I find myself having to push buttons and swipe my finger multiple times to get a response. I never seem to have that problem with WP or Android devices. Anyone else out there having the same problem?

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

My household has iPods and you are correct.

26. denn90

Posts: 14; Member since: May 03, 2011

It's not that the I|Phone 4 or IPhone 4S Was More successful. It Just Means People we're dam Broke to Buy the next Generation .. If anything IPhone 5 Has a better looking design. With the IPhone 4 and S You had to worry about your phone falling on it's ass or Front but now since the IPhone 5 Is not made out of Glass There's less worries

31. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

How can you argue the fact that "people were damn broke"? By the way, what is different in the designs? I am waiting to hear further arguments

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