Apple isn’t selling as many new iPhones?

EDIT: Apparently the conjecture below is totally wrong, as “iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are hits as Apple sells 46.7 million smartphones in Q4.”

Allegedly: “U.S. buyers favor iPhone 7 over 8: research.” We’ll see whether it’s true when the actual numbers come in, but I’ve been on the new-iPhone-every-two-years treadmill for a while, and when I looked at the new iPhones… I passed. The good one with 256GB of hard drive space ends up around $1,200 after tax. The iPhone 8 itself looks like a marginal improvement and still costs something like $800 or $900.

There are some improvements, but the big ones (like the double camera lens) are on the iPhone X. The iPhone 6s I have is good enough and has the key advantage of a headphone port. I replaced the battery for $60 and will punt for another year. Perhaps next year the OLED and dual-camera models will be standard and cheaper. For now, this looks like a great year to wait. Or buy a used iPhone 6s or 7.

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  1. Agreed 100%. I do not find the 8 compelling. The launch strategy of both phones and cost of the X is most likely tied to Apple being dependant on Samsung for OLED screens. Production capacity is just not there yet. Anecdotally, two of my friends both decided to upgrade to the 8 Plus from a 6 because of the upgraded cameras and storage. They just had a baby and want portrait mode, higher quality images, and storage space.

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/09/06/samsung-is-sole-supplier-of-costly-iphone-8-oled-putting-apple-in-urgent-need-of-alternatives

    On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 8:11 AM, The Story’s Story wrote:

    > Jake Seliger posted: “Allegedly: “U.S. buyers favor iPhone 7 over 8: > research.” We’ll see whether it’s true when the actual numbers come in, but > I’ve been on the new-iPhone-every-two-years treadmill for a while, and when > I looked at the new iPhones… I passed. The good one wi” >

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