Siri reportedly driving iPhone 4S sales (cough)

Siri reportedly driving iPhone 4S sales (cough)The iPhone 4S has defied all logic, and – despite being almost identical to its predecessor – set all kinds of crazy sales records. Apple claims it punted a whopping 4 million units in the first weekend alone. “Insania”, as Peter Andre would say.

And what’s behind the iPhone 4S frenzy? The dual-core A5 processor? The super-fast 8MP camera? Neither of those, according to one analyst; it’s Siri everyone wants.

“Despite global macroeconomic headwinds, Apple continues to defy conventional wisdom with a higher-end product mix,” notes Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu.

“Talking to industry sources, what’s driving the 4S is better than expected reception of its new Siri software.” Whatchu talkin’ about, Wu?

”What makes Siri unique and different is that its voice recognition works well (unlike competing solutions which are unreliable) and also offers artificial intelligence (AI) in helping interpret user commands and answer questions.”

Let me get this straight. What you’re saying, Shaw, is that a thorough survey of a cross-section of early iPhone 4S adopters has been conducted, and that they unanimously cried: “Siri!” Is that what you’re telling me?

Siri. Give me a furging break. Show me one person who bought an iPhone 4S primarily for Siri and I'll eat my freakin' MacBook. Apple could’ve released a phone made entirely from human excrement and it would’ve still broken all former iPhone sales records.

Wu adds that he reckons Apple will shift 26 million iPhone 4S units in Q4. Now that I can believe.

via: BGR

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Fields25  Nov. 3, 2011 at 13:26

Ah, my favourite. Another unsubstantiated BS spouting "analyst".

Stelph  Nov. 3, 2011 at 16:52

So I assume the analyist lives in the US (since Siri works for them) and like a lot of americans didnt actually realise there was a very large world outside the good ol' US of A where Siri just doesnt work...

That being said, although I agree that apple could have re-released the iPhone 3GS and made record sales, I do think Siri was important in peoples decison on making the switch, especially after all the adverts showed just how "cool" using siri was (skirting around the issue of it not working outside the US I note) since I am sure people with the iPhone 4 could cope with a minor update to the camera, didnt really care about 1080p recording, wouldnt notice a faster CPU, but when apple made Siri 4s only thats what tipped the balance IMO

Stormelli  Nov. 5, 2011 at 03:40

I just gave my wife an iPhone for her birthday... I could have given her an iPhone 4, but instead went with the iPhone 4s... She couldn't care less about dual core processors and higher resolution cameras... It's Siri that she found very very "cute"...

andrewling44  Nov. 5, 2011 at 07:27

Fairly certain that Siri works anywhere in the world as long as you have a connection to the icloud and are speaking English, French, or German. But as Steve Jobs would say, it doesn't matter where you are it's where you're going. Siri is going to be the biggest thing since the iphone. It'll be a much bigger innovation than the ipad since it will easily scale on all future Apple device. It's amazing the sales that Apple can rack up with an intentionally gimped device. The redesigned iphone 5 due out next year is what Steve Jobs spent his final days working on. If Apple can pull off 40 million in iphone sales this quarter which is quite likely (the official estimates are a joke) imagine what the sales figures will be next holiday quarter. This is why Apple is the only investment I own, with 5300 shares.

Stelph  Nov. 7, 2011 at 09:33

@andrewling44 - actually its been widely reported in the UK press that Siri cannot access details on local things, which makes a lot of the things Siri should be able to do (i.e. look up local businesses etc) non-functional

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/iphone-4s-on-sale-in-uk-siri-has-problems-50005634/

However I agree it is more interesting the direction apple are going with this, it has the potential to strike a huge blow to Google since people with iPhones will be Siri'ing things rather than googling thing! It just wouldve been nice for Apple to mention it only functions correctly in the USA

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