Is 5 million iPhone 5 units sold in first weekend a bad thing?

When would anyone consider selling five million units of anything in just one weekend a disappointment? When it's the launch of the iPhone 5, of course. That was the sales number Apple said it generated in terms of the sales of the iOS 6 device that officially hit store shelves on Friday.

The press release today tried to put a good spin on things, saying, "Demand for iPhone 5 exceeded the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders have been shipped to customers, many are scheduled to be shipped in October."

However, Apple had said previously that pre-orders for the iPhone 5 went over two million units in its first 24 hours, causing some financial analysts to predicts much bigger sales numbers for the iPhone 5 in its first weekend. In October 2011, Apple said it sold over four million units of the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 5 is currently on sale in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK. It will go on sale this Friday in another 22 countries.

What happened? It's possible that Apple simply didn't have enough iPhone 5 units to go around. A few weeks ago, rumors hit the Internet that Sharp, which makes the screens for the iPhone 5, had encountered some manufacturing issues with making the touch screens for the iPhone 5.

Apple strongly hints that the company didn't make as many iPhone 5 products as it wanted to. It quotes its CEO Tim Cook as saying, "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."

At the moment, the Apple online store estimates people will have to wait between three to four weeks before receiving a new pre-order of the iPhone 5.

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Considering quite a few of those 5 mil are going back because they're scratched and people had to try a few phones in store to get a good one, yeah, not that impressive.

dr_crabman said,
Considering quite a few of those 5 mil are going back because they're scratched and people had to try a few phones in store to get a good one, yeah, not that impressive.

A few vocal people who had defects... every phone has them. Mine looks and has been running perfectly.

shockz said,
A few vocal people who had defects...

Sry, can't downplay this one. Way too many reports from all over the place to still consider it normal and just a few.

dr_crabman said,

Sry, can't downplay this one. Way too many reports from all over the place to still consider it normal and just a few.

When mine and the other people I know starting having issues, then I'll consider it a large issue.

dr_crabman said,

Sry, can't downplay this one. Way too many reports from all over the place to still consider it normal and just a few.

They sold five million phones. Even one percent of that is fifty thousand phones. I don't think I've seen that many people complain about defects.

You know, just once I'd love to read an Apple/Android/Windows Phone story without it turning into a my device is better than your device discussion..

It's seriously getting old now.

duehoang said,
I bet it the same 5 million people who sold their iphone 4 or 4s to get their 5, so there no growth in that

Source please?

five million units of anything in just one weekend a disappointment ,..... apple Liar big time . this is nothing more then Propaganda from Apple against Samsung that all

W its growth, but not substancial growth. Compare the numbers. Apple sold 600,000 of the first iPhone, and about every year the sales numbers pretty much doubled for the out of box sales.

But this time, the sales went from 4M on the 4S to only 5M on the 5. Which means Apple may not get that 70M sales they are predicting. It also shows the iPhone is losing its flare. Think of this folks, even though many knew the iPhone 5 was coming, sales of older phones like the Droid Razr Maxx, which cost more than the iPhone picked up. Sales of the Galaxy S III were huge too.

Apple had 2M pre-orders, whil Samsung has 9M for the GS3. Oh and it doesnt matter that it was carriers orders. A pre-order is a pre-order by definition. Also Samsung sold all 9M of them in just a months time with 20M being sold in just 60 days.

The writing is on the wall folks. Jst except the fact that not everyone is falling for tyjsi BS from Apple. APpel in 6 years have made only 2 phones. Each phone was only a slight variation with some cosmetic details changes. The first was plastic, thenthe second was metal. The forst 3 models used the same exact CPU, only the clock speed was charged. The iPhone 4 turned into 3 models where all the second model got was the same CPU, but dualcore. The latest uses a variation of the last CPU as well.

Yined only 1/2" screen size. The resolution is the lowest almost of any 4" device. Microsoft is pretty much te exeption with 800x600 or whatever it is.

The phone gained no real good features. The OS hasnt changed and the few plus its offers dont even work properly. Maps wasnt finished and like Siri they threw it on a device that is up for mass production. If thsi had been Microosft or Samsung, you all would have been all over them talkign bad. Why not Apple?

Notice how with expected high numbers in poduction, the quality of the device has gone down. Tey ahve shown no design innovation which means since they have no one to copy, the phone hasnt changed. The software is just catching up toeveryone else.

So much for APple being the innovators here. They simply never were and people are starting to wak up. The lawsuits are just smokescrens to keep company's in check because Apple isnt the cutting edge as they had everyone fooled into believing.

They are that same half-assed company they were in the 80's and 90's. Selling over-priced BS, limited capbility, limited features and only one choice.

The reason Windows kicked APple's butt is becauseit offered th same benefits and then some at a much lower proce because Window schose to use standard components just liek Android is doing. This choice has lead to far more innovations, options for designs and true software prowness.

Android stolen technology? No not even close. Who'd want to steal from the guy thats in second place?

Out of the 5M device sold, I am willing to bet 90% were previous iPhone owners. When AT&T first received the iPHone 4, they sold 1.7Mof them on pre-order. Yet 77% of them were previous iPhone device owners. Tht means about 400,000 people never had an iPhone before.

The fans saturate Apple's market and they dont leave much room for everyoen else. They are the losers who stand in line holding a previosu gen device to buy the latest ones.

For me all I can say is, only a fool would stand in line and camp out the be forst to get a device that si outdated before it if even available to sell.

BBinder said,
Apple wouldnt have a stock issue if people didnt buy the useless thing in the first place
The iPhone can make phone calls, check email, send text messages, play games, take pictures/video, be used as an ereader, etc... please remind us all how it is useless. If not, go troll somewhere else.

TechieXP said,
it's bad when you consider what this Business Insider says
http://www.businessinsider.com...e-5-sales-really-are-2012-9
Not when you consider this place we like to call the real world, where markets can't grow past the number of potential people that exist in the market. How many people do you still know without a smart phone these days? I know two myself. My mother and a friend who can't afford a data plan. We are getting to the point where you won't see a sharp increase on any given phone sales because there is nobody left to sell it to other than the people who already had one.

Considering that at least couple of hundred thousand developers bought iPhone 5 due to different resolutions and need to have the new phone for testing, the sales show a trend that Apple's growth is gone.

So you are telling us that Apple actually had 10 million to sell but could sell only 5 million?

They simply ran out of stock.

AtriusNY said,
So you are telling us that Apple actually had 10 million to sell but could sell only 5 million?

They simply ran out of stock.

I remember Apple saying they had sold out of pre-order stock also... Weird how stories don't match up ha?

They have pumped so much bull**** into there advertising, I think even apple is loosing track of what they are saying. ha!

First day/weekend sales are one thing, but, you also need to look at it for 2 weekends.
As with a bad movie, after word gets out, perhaps the 2nd weekend sales won't be as good, or, if enough people like the i5, the sales will be still up.

I think the maps stuff has possibly made some people think twice, and I know of quite a few folks that are waiting for Windows phone 8 revealing itself fully (I know this is my own personal observation of a limited set of people but none the less I have seen it) not to mention the inroads the galaxy has been making.

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