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.