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Is The iPhone Finally Losing Its Mojo?
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jastroff
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1/28/2016 | 9:52:28 AM
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And selling to people in China, right?
Pablo Valerio
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1/28/2016 | 9:26:07 AM
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" We're well past the point where smartphones were "good enough," now. Phones are powerful enough to continue handling future applications"

Agreed.. it is similar to the "Perfect PC" 10 years ago, when a Windows machine could handle most applications for several years. Thatis when the PC market started to slow down.

If you have a 6 y/o MacBook it will still do 99% of the applications just fine. Same with an iPhone 5
Whoopty
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1/28/2016 | 7:44:11 AM
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Indeed. We're well past the point where smartphones were "good enough," now. Phones are powerful enough to continue handling future applications - unless you're a mobile gamer - for years and water proofing and dust resistance are helping keep them ticking for longer. While there wil always be early adopters who have to have the latest model, for most people a phone is a phone and if it can handle Facebook and Youtube, they don't need much else.
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1/27/2016 | 3:40:04 PM
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Apple's problem is that just about everybody already owns a smartphone. They can be made bigger, they can be made shinier, but the sad fact for Apple and all the other manufacturers is that smartphones are no longer revolutionary. From here on out, they will be mainly selling replacement models to people who already own older devices.

Apple needs to come up with something new that people just HAVE TO HAVE.
Pablo Valerio
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1/27/2016 | 2:50:10 PM
Other vendors catching up
When the iPhone was launched 9 years ago it was revolutionary. Apple did a good job of launching a completely new interface and the App ecosystem was something users loved from the beggining.

Now everyone has apps and high performance phones, at any price point. 

It is not possible for loyal Apple users to renew their iphones every two years, and not so loyal users start looking at other phones from Samsung, HTC and Sony.

Also most experienced users have discovered that paying the phones by expensive locked contracts with the likes of AT&T and Verizon is a horrible financial decision. They are much better off buying unlocked devices and shopping for a MVNO with cheaper rates.

Apple will be sucessful again, but not with the same volume and margins that investors were used to.
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1/27/2016 | 2:31:06 PM
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Apple really put its balls on the court when it introduced a 5+ inch screen. The world is trending towards phablets with 5.5 inch being the minimum of what people want to use nowadays and really, amongst the flagship Samsung phones which look flashy and shiny and huge, people find peace owning one because its larger and has more "value" factor. I cringe at the thought of holding a 5s in my hands again when I already own the Galaxy S6. Apple really downplayed when it introduced big screen phones. People would take a bigger screen over functionality because most aren't power users.
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1/27/2016 | 2:26:59 PM
iTrouble
The reason for this drop is that iPhone 6 and 6s weren't that different and the differences were minimal. People can live without 3D touch for the time being. But these sales figures would again climb up once the 7 is released because the 7 is a significant step up from the 6 if not the 6s. However I predict that Apple's 7 sales wouldn't beat the 6 sales, although the sales would pickup.
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