Apple launched the next gen iPhone, the iPhone 5, few days back. The new iPhone 5 isn’t revolutionary as such, and people gave mixed responses. Many were disappointed that there isn’t anything special about the phone, apart from the bigger screen and a faster processor. Some said that there isn’t NFC chip that they were expecting as many of the new mid range Android phones are NFC capable. Nevertheless, despite all the negative responses, the Cupertino based company managed to attract over 2 million pre orders within 24 hours of the announcement. Yes, that’s a pretty overwhelming response for an iPhone 5, in fact it even surpassed iPhone 4S’ record.
If you thought 2 million orders were an overwhelming response, Apple has officially let out that they have sold over 5 million units of iPhone 5 in its opening weekend, which beats iPhone 4S’ record which happens to be 4 million units. Though 5 million looks like a big number, analysts were disappointed because things didn’t go according to their projections. They expected Apple to sell 2x more iPhones during the launch weekend, however, the company has managed to beat its own record, which is quite a good feat. This is what Apple’s Tim Cook had to say about the matter:
“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible. While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.” – Tim Cook, Apple CEO
The demand has increased by just 25%, which is little less and indicates a slowdown for Apple to some extent. While the sales of iPhone 5 was short of expectations of analysts, the same isn’t the case with iOS 6. The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, the iOS 6, is getting deployed at a blazing speed. It has been less than a week since iOS 6 was released to general public and over 100 million users have already updated their devices which are compatible with the new version. The updates are over the air, which is convenient and explains the rapid rate of deployment.
The iOS 6 is packed with 200 new features. Some of the most notable features include Siri app with deeper Facebook integration, which is of course a welcome change. While the new version of iOS 6 is great, it has also been criticized a lot. With iOS 6, Apple has stripped all the Google elements from its mobile operating system. The iconic Google Maps app which has been present on iPhone home screen since it was first launched has been replaced with Apple Maps, which is not at all great and gives misguiding information.
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