#iphone 4s

Anonymous asked:

Isn't it a little disingenuous to combine the 5S and 5C sales into the opening weekend sales figures? The 5C is just a replacement for the 5, basically the same thing but with a cheaper plastic body. Wouldn't the fair comparison then be to add the 4S to last years iPhone 5 launch figures, and the 4 to the 4S launch figures? Or alternatively, to focus only on the new top end 5S? Only seems fair, and would be a more honest picture.

I think that’s fair to some degree. Sadly, we don’t have either the 4S or the 5s sales broken out for those years. So we can only guess based on estimates. (Which I’m sure plenty of folks are working on right now.) 

The real question is if the iPhone 5c cannibalized any of the 5s sales? I have to believe that the 5c sales are far higher than the 4S sales were last year at the launch of the iPhone 5. It is, after all, a new product versus a year-old one — regardless of the simplistic thought of it being “basically the same thing but with a cheaper plastic body”.

Point being, whereas a lot of people are wondering if the comparison is unfair because it’s two new products instead of one new one, I wonder if that new lower-priced product is eating into the sales of the higher-priced one far more than it did last year. 

End of the day, the bottom line is that Apple sold a shit ton of phones over the weekend.

The iPhone Bleeds Lumia Cyan, According To Siri. Or Wolfram Alpha. Or Best Buy. Sometimes. Maybe. Actually, No.

Well, Jim Dalrymple beat me to making fun of this, but what the hell, it’s Friday.

Earlier today, a thread starting passing around the Internet pointing out something worth a chuckle: when you ask Siri what the best smartphone is, it responds with the Nokia Lumia 900. The cyan version from AT&T, to be exact.

That’s it — end of debate! Shut Apple down and pay the money back to the shareholders. The Lumia 900 is clearly killing off the iPhone. Well, except if you consider sales. And user happiness. But whatever, Siri says so!

But wait. Does Siri even say so? After a series of never-ending clicks, I believe I was able to trace this “story” back to its roots. Dalrymple linked to AppleInsider, which links to TheNextWeb (hi Robin!), which links to ZUnited, which links to WMPoweruser. (CNet tried to insert itself into the conversation too, but well, it was this guy.)

Appropriately, it was a game of telephone that led to “Which is the best cellphone ever?” evolving into “what is the best smartphone ever?” Along the way, there were several reports of different answers — for example, I get nothing when I ask about the best smartphone ever and I get “I think you’ve already answered that question, MG.” when I ask for the best cellphone ever. Cute.

But people definitely are seeing the Lumia 900 pop up, the screenshots prove it! How could Apple let such a thing fly? Because it has nothing to do with Apple. The answer comes from Wolfram Alpha, Siri’s top data partner. And the fact of the matter is that in this case, the data sucks.

Wolfram Alpha passed the Lumia 900 to Siri simply because it’s the first on this list. But if you look closely at that list, you’ll note that several phones receive the highest “5” rating — 29 of them, by my count. And that list includes three models of the iPhone (two different versions of the iPhone 4S — the 64GB white model from Verizon and Sprint, sorry, AT&T). They’re simply not the first listed.

But again, this list is shit. It’s data from Best Buy based on user ratings. The Lumia 900 in question is “#1” with a whopping 5 user reviews. Number 2 on the list is this phone — I mean, just look at it! — which has a whole one five-star user review. Number 3 on the list is the HP refurbished Touchpad. Yes, the Touchpad. Number 3 best smartphone ever.

Need I go on?

Tom Krazit for paidContent:

In the first quarter that Verizon Wireless was on board with Apple for an iPhone launch event, the company sold 4.2 million iPhones, accounting for more than half of the 7.7 million smartphones that its customers purchased in the fourth quarter.

We already knew the massive 4.2 million number. What we didn’t know was Verizon’s overall numbers. Now we do.

Every single Android phone that Verizon sells — dozens of models — combined could not outsell the iPhone last quarter. When you consider that Verizon sells plenty of BlackBerrys (and a few Windows Phones here and there) as well, this is even more incredible.

Yes, it’s just one carrier in one country. But it’s the biggest carrier in the key battleground country.

The only thing not looking good about this post from June of last year is the incorrect assumption that it would take the iPhone 5 to reverse the Android surge. It “only” took the iPhone 4S.

These numbers aren’t based on analyst checks. They aren’t based on store traffic guesses. They aren’t based on units shipped. These are Verizon’s stated quarterly sales numbers. And the iPhone dominated.


Wow. Josh Topolsky is mad. And that by itself is fine — he’s clearly passionate about technology, which is great. What’s not fine is the fact that he’s way off-base in his rant. So far off-base that I need to respond.

First and foremost, Topolsky has decided to turn my thoughts on the Galaxy Nexus into full on class warfare between Android and iOS. That is, he twists my comparison of attention to detail into an argument about rich vs. poor people.

I mean, he actually tries to do this.

One little problem.

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It took just 5 weeks. The only one ahead of it? The iPhone 4.

By the way, numbers three and four? The iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS.

One Android phone did manage to beat the original iPhone though — the HTC EVO 4G, places a distant fifth. Let’s remember that the original iPhone is over 4 years old.

Wait, actually, looking at the data, Flickr isn’t even counting the original iPhone anymore. Maybe that’s because there are not a lot of pictures, but maybe not. 

Regardless, the EVO did beat the iPod touch. I think. It’s not clear if they count that in the “smartphone” category. 

It also boasts a 0.7 megapixel camera. Tough competition.

The most popular camera overall across all of Flickr? Still the iPhone 4. Soon to be dethroned by the iPhone 4S, no doubt. 

Let’s also remember that the Flickr numbers don’t include Instagram photos because those are stripped of the metadata by iOS. In other words, the iPhone isn’t just beating every other smartphone out there when it comes to picture taking, it’s likely destroying them. And probably most point & shoots as well. 

Phew! Thank god. Clearly their reports last year really hurt iPhone 4 sales and destroyed Apple’s business. 

Consumer Reports is very important and influential, you see. There’s no actual data to back this up. And they sure seem like more of a link bait farm. But you must respect their authoritah!

Seriously, all the Consumer Reports iPhone hoopla did last year was prove that no one actually gives a shit about Consumer Reports anymore. 

Humorously, they still put the iPhone 4S behind a bunch of shitty Android phones. Like one of those 3D bullshit ones

Fine, I’ll take the bait. A few things here.

First, Blodget sets up his argument by saying that Apple fans are more or less in denial. He cites the continued march of the Android platform both in terms of phone quality and market share which are huge blows to Apple. 

The result of these huge blows? Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world while pulling in more profits than most of its competitors combined.

It’s the most beautiful kind of losing ever, apparently. 

Then Blodget dives into why the latest VERY IMPORTANT story about Samsung “winning” the smartphone sales war will be the latest disaster for Apple. Of course, as he notes, "winning" still needs a fairly large asterisk for a few reasons.

Doesn’t matter. Apple is still in big trouble. A company that sells dozens of models across all carriers is outselling a company that sells two models (now three) on a limited number of carriers (though expanding). 

Just as with overall Android marketshare, it’s a bit pathetic that Samsung wasn’t ahead of Apple earlier. 

Then, after essentially setting up why Apple is so fucked because history is repeating itself all over again, Blodget argues directly against that idea.

Sure, this time is different. But that doesn’t matter. Apple will fall because they just will.

They will be the most profitable failure ever. The most valuable failure ever. 

And it’s their own fault! “Apple’s decision to move the launch of the latest iPhone back three months, as well as its decision not release a revolutionary new phone until next year, have helped Android close the gap,” Blodget notes.

Apple definitely had this incredible meeting a few months ago to say, “how can we best screw ourselves?” A decision was clearly made to not release the best device possible, but instead to release a shitty one — and also to delay the shitty one. This was all done on purpose.

That shitty one just set a record for sales — for any phone ever, mind you — with 4 million units sold in three days. Apple will sell by far a record number of iPhones — the shitty one, remember — this quarter. They’ll make more money than ever.

Doesn’t matter. They’re going down. Just as they have been. IN CAPS.

systematique asked:

Do you think the closed-device philosophy of Apple is genuinely better than Android's open-device philosophy? (Personal opinion, device popularity stats aside)

While I’d argue that Apple isn’t as “closed” as some may have you believe, nor is Android nearly as “open” — generally, yes. 

I think that mobile devices offer such a personal form of computing that experience is of the utmost importance. The only way to truly emphasize experience is to be in command of both the hardware and software. They absolutely must be symbiotic in order to create the best device possible. 

Further, while “control” often has a negative connotation, it’s important for quality. When you “open” your device and/or software, shit always finds a way in. 

Apple is winning with this model right now because they’ve proven that have great taste when it comes to consumer electronics and the relationship of hardware and software. That wasn’t always the case — nor will it always be the case. If their taste slips, the products will fail more quickly as a result. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen anytime soon. 

systematique asked:

Why are Apple's 4S sales more important than the combined sales of all Android devices (which are much higher in total)?

For the same reason that Android’s combined sales show it “beating” the iPhone. 

The main point is a good one: that it’s hard — and in most cases silly — to compare a fleet of devices with a single device. But it works both ways. Android fans can’t claim victory when 100 devices outsell one — then complain when one device outsells any single Android device.

The key point is that the iPhone 4 was the top-selling smartphone on the planet for months. Now the iPhone 4S is. Is it going to outsell all Android devices combined? No. But is any single Android device going to outsell the iPhone 4S? I wouldn’t bet on it.