iPhone 6 sets new sales record in opening weekend, humiliates Samsung Galaxy S5

iPhone 6 sets new sales record in opening weekend, humiliates Samsung Galaxy S5To be fair, there was never much doubt that the iPhone 6 would prove insanely popular. Apple has essentially taken an already-popular phone and stretched it to an increasingly popular size.

And indeed, “insanely popular” is now official, as Apple has confirmed the iPhone 6 sold 10 million units in its first three days – that’s almost 10 times the rate of initial Samsung Galaxy S5 sales.

Interestingly, Tim Cook says that figure could’ve been even higher, had Apple been in a position to meet the overwhelming demand.

It’s worth noting, too, that China - the world's largest smartphone market - isn’t yet part of the equation. For now, the iPhone 6 is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK, and a further 20 countries will join the party this coming Friday.

Getting back to that Galaxy S5 comparison, Samsung rolled out its latest flagship in 125 countries. Just saying.

Of course, Team Timothy doesn’t break down iPhone 6/6 Plus sales, but it’s largely accepted that the 6 Plus arrived in comparatively small quantities.

“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” purrs Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin.

“While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”

Remember all those Apple-is-doomed-if-it-can’t-innovate stories? Hilarious.

via: Apple

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:10

Very clever - a lot of people would have chosen the Plus, but couldn't. So they get the 6. In a few months they will get the 6 Plus...
Ireland gets the new ones this Friday. There are so few in the pipeline, that Vf won't do them on Prepay initially* (until Christmas season, I guess).
An O2 store manager told me their quota was used up within 30 minutes of taking orders. There's a tiny number of first-come-first-served devices for sale on Friday. He wouldn't say how tiny. I think he didn't know :p So: none, probably ;)

The 5S was only available 2 months after launch, and only the 16GB flavour. Thus, they sold a lot more 5c than they would have otherwise.

And: none of the Irish networks have applied the discounts on the 5c and 5S, yet. Thus, the 6 and 6 PLus appear a little less "more expensive"... Who'd buy a 5S NOW at last year's prices?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 23, 2014 at 13:59

ah... 6 imports (NOT 6 Plus) sell here for €800 to €1100 depending on GB... Meanwhile SGS5 new for €300 to be had. in R.o.I. that is...

tapi  Sep. 24, 2014 at 19:33

Very clever - a lot of people would have chosen the Plus, but couldn't. So they get the 6. In a few months they will get the 6 Plus...
Not sure there'll be many takers for the plus now (especially not if they've got the 6)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2014 at 19:52

Met two people who got their 6 and they love it. Both said they wouldn't go for the bigger one.
Will be interesting to see how the sales will break down after a couple of months.

tapi  Sep. 25, 2014 at 14:12

I think the 6 plus is a filler. They don't mind if it doesn't have massive penetration*, as long as it captures a few customers who would otherwise be looking elsewhere and thus out of the apple sphere of influence. I think I said in another conversation they're approaching it the opposite of Samsung i.e. one created all manner of variations to capture different customers immediately (dropping or changing lines that didn't work), the other concentrated on one good device and then introducing variations as users realised they wanted something bigger/different.
*ooer

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2014 at 18:14

I hate that they limited the better cam etc to the 6 Plus... But hey.

blandk  Sep. 30, 2014 at 18:01

How did Apple innovate with the 6 plus or 6? The technology was already there, they just used it. There's nothing innovative about the 6 plus. Samsung hasn't significantly innovated anything either since the Note 2 or S4, before anyone claims I hate Apple. The hilarious thing is the bias in this article.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 30, 2014 at 19:57

How did Apple innovate with the 6 plus or 6? The technology was already there, they just used it. There's nothing innovative about the 6 plus. Samsung hasn't significantly innovated anything either since the Note 2 or S4, before anyone claims I hate Apple. The hilarious thing is the bias in this article.

I understand where you're coming from. But as hinted by you: the same goes for all.
When Android came out, NOTHING was new. But it profited from then massively improved hardware - efficient processors etc... There was no feature, not one (google's built-in services aside) that hadn't been around for years on other OSs like Symbian, WinMo and Maemo.

The other issue is that innovation is not equal "invention". You can take something existing and
adapt it, change and twiddle it and make it 'innovative'. NO Hollywood script has been truly truly 'innovative' in your sense of the word. It's all been a big yawn for 20+ years for anyone older than 35... Yet, from certain POVs there still is 'innovative' stuff.

And what does it matter? Human language is 90%+ used for manipulation. It's its origine: convince a potential mate by any means necessary. Etc... We talk mostly sh*t. For everything
else ants are more efficient. Meow....

As to the accusation of 'bias'... Really? So what? Lewis... heck, all of Mobot doesn't peddle the 'objective journalism' myth. It's a lie. All those articles on many many many sites that start with "I really wanted to love this device, but objectively..." Oh, stfu!

Just read any BB Passport review and you know what I mean.

Lewis likes Apple. Big deal. He's also written hundreds of articles b*tching about iOS bugs, and other issues regarding Apple. It's mostly tongue in cheek. And it's also to counteract some pretty fr*gging stupid trollism.

tapi  Oct. 1, 2014 at 21:33

hey Jan, my trollism is highly intelligent, I'll thank you very much :p

you're absolutely right, many people confuse innovation with invention (essentially, innovation is a new or novel method for using an invention though that's not exactly accurate)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 1, 2014 at 21:47

hey Jan, my trollism is highly intelligent, I'll thank you very much :p

you're absolutely right, many people confuse innovation with invention (essentially, innovation is a new or novel method for using an invention though that's not exactly accurate)


as is mine :p We are like 2 peas from one iPod :D

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