Who says Apple is irrelevant? Or that the iPhone 5S and 5C were going to be a big flop? I read more than a few negative projections late last week, but once again Apple proves the naysayers wrong with 9 million iPhones sold in their first weekend.
It was their best yet, according to Tim Cook:
“This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”
By the way, did they think about how hard it would be to pluralize “iPhone 5S” when they named it?
Was I surprised they did well? No. Was I surprised that they sold as many as they did? Yes. Every article I read pre-launch said that the supply of 5S phones was lower than the carriers had wanted. I figured the lower supply would hurt sales. I even read an article that said that gold iPhones were sold out online before West Coast stores opened. If you want a gold one, you’ll need to wait until at least October. My guess is that the iPhone 5C is what allowed them to set records, which again proves that Apple knows what they are doing. The low-end iPhone didn’t flop. Far from it.
I will say that I wasn’t one of the people waiting in line. I’m not eligible for an upgrade until sometime next year. Fortunately, I’m still completely happy with my iPhone 4S.
Next up. New iPads. Here’s hoping for a Retina iPad Mini this year.