iPhone 5S takes 64% of iPhone sales
Apple’s customers have spoken with their wallets are are buying iPhone 5S in record numbers. Fully 64% of iPhones being sold since the two new models were introduced on September 20th, 2013 are the high end version. That bodes incredibly well for both the top line and the bottom line in Apple’s smartphone business.
Apple is poised to roll out the iPhone in 25 more countries next week. Lines can be expected to begin forming at Apple retail locations and carrier partner stored leading up to the launch on October 25. The countries included in this iPhone 5C/5S wave are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.
The iPhone buzz will continue on November 1st. On that Friday, the list of countries selling the two new iPhones will expand to include Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE. That will bring the total number of countries selling the two new iPhones to 62. Apple has indicated the iPhone will be available in 100 countries by December.
On a related matter of iPhone sales, I received a short note from an associate of mine early yesterday. It seems he had not been aware of the Best Buy $100 Trade in Promotion involving old working smartphones when buying a new 16GB iPhone 5C or 16 GB iPhone 5S. After reading the two posts on the promo, he texted that “… sister and stepmom traded in crappy ‘droids for two 5C’s.”
4 of my 6 ‘retired’ iPhones are going to participate in this promo. I plan on keeping our two iPhone 4S units for the time being. However, my four High Tech ‘Paperweights’ aka two original iPhones and two 3GS iPhones are tagged for Maria’s two brothers and their wives. Though the ‘Surprise’ factor is gone, Christmas is still gonna come early.