In just three days, Apple has sold
1.7 million units of its shiny new iPhone 4. That's up
significantly from the 1 million unit sales over the iPhone 3GS launch
in 2009. These brisk sales have come despite complaints
that holding the gadget a
certain way can degrade the phone's signal strength. Has Apple proven
that this hardware flaw is no big deal, or are they setting themselves
up for 1.7 million seriously angry and formerly loyal customers?
Increasingly Key for Apple The Guardian's Charles Arthur explains,
"Sales of the iPhone accounted for 40% of Apple's revenue last quarter.
The device has shown an upward trend in sales: the first sold 700,000 on
its first weekend in June 2007, despite a high price that was later
cut. In 2008, the iPhone 3G sold 1m in its first week."
iPhone Is Already Boosting Apple's Earnings 24/7 Wall Street's Douglas A. McIntyre writes,
"Analysts estimate that the iPad will add $3 billion to Apple's sales
this year. The new iPhone4 could add at least that much. Analyst
consensus estimates for revenue in the fiscal year ending September 30
will be $60 billion and earnings per share will be $13.67. The actual
numbers could be 10% greater."
- Sales Surges Despite Flaws
PaidContent's Tricia Duryee observes,
"The brisk sales of phones are despite a number of hiccups, including
shortages of the white model, stores selling out, complaints about the
phone's antenna and both AT&T and Apple's websites straining under
the pressure of so many orders on the first day. Jobs said: 'We
apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not
have enough supply.' But
Apple couldn't be too sorry." ReadWriteWeb's Sarah Perez shrugs, "Despite these issues, consumers
lined up for the new device in record
numbers, proving once again, those who buy Apple are some of the most
loyal customers a company could ever have."
- Overhyped Antenna
'Problem' Easily Fixed Fast Company's Kit Eaton scoffs, "There's a huge media
fuss about a potential failing of the iPhone 4's clever antenna design,
with folks concerned it spells radio-drop-out call doom for the phone.
We remain to be convinced. But here's a $0.001 DIY fix anyway." The
solution? Just put scotch tape over the part of the iPhone that reduces
signal strength when touched.
- Consumers Can't Resist Porn Video Chat ReadWriteWeb's Mike Melanson writes of the
new phone's special video chat program, "the video
sex chat services are already on the way. ... It's often the case
leads the way in technology and we can only wonder what other
innovative services using mobile video chat will follow. The utilitarian
opportunities are endless, from remote diagnosis of automotive issues
to assistance with assembling that pesky Ikea desk."
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