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Is The iPhone Finally Losing Its Mojo?
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SunitaT0
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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.
SunitaT0
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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.
SachinEE
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1/28/2016 | 9:45:26 PM
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@SunitaT0: I don't know about the rest of the world, but if the iPhone 7 doesn't create enough buzz, people in India are going to stay at peace with the 6s. Seriously they want a luxurious looking big screen phone over anything else.
Gary_EL
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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.
Whoopty
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1/28/2016 | 7:44:11 AM
Re: iTrouble
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.
Pablo Valerio
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1/28/2016 | 9:26:07 AM
Re: iTrouble
" 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
SachinEE
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1/28/2016 | 9:50:27 PM
Re: iTrouble
@Pablo: Makes no sense. That wasn't the only factor for PC sales to slow down. Yes, my 5 year old PC still has enough power to run because it was made "future proof" for a couple of years by using the most extreme hardware. But smartphone are a different domain than the pc. Most smartphones are only made future proof of upto 2-3 years and that is the reason alone why you would see phone sales slowing down, however they would see a spike when this "future proofing" wears out.
SachinEE
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1/28/2016 | 9:52:51 PM
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@Whoopty: Yes indeed. I still have my Galaxy S4 in my home and that is still usable and works without lag and plays most games in HD. To me that phone still hasn't worn out. Moreover if you root the phone and flash the rom of your choice, you get to squeeze more juice out of the phone.
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1/29/2016 | 7:32:42 AM
Re: iTrouble
I'm the same. I have an Xperia Z2 that is ticking along just nicely. It's even more pronounced in more remote countries however, where second hand phones like old S2s and similar are all over the place. These handsets are lasting a long, long time if cared for and like you say, they're more than capable.

I'm a gamer too though and even my desktop PC is only being upgraded once every few years now. It's just not necessary like it once was.
jastroff
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1/28/2016 | 9:52:28 AM
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And selling to people in China, right?
SachinEE
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1/28/2016 | 9:56:25 PM
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@Gary: They do. Although the 3D touch in just "meh" in my opinion and I don't know if people would warm upto it in the iPhone 7, I believe that most smartphone manufacturers have already hit a point from where they can just do hardware upgrades. I know the Galaxy S7 looks the same as the S6, or maybe similar, so I wouldn't buy the S7 just yet.
Gary_EL
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1/28/2016 | 10:20:43 PM
Re: iTrouble
I guess this is finally IT for Apple. Can they do it again - without Steve Jobs
PedroGonzales
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1/29/2016 | 10:03:56 AM
Re: iTrouble
May be that is why iphones are made fragile so they are easy to break and people have to get a new replacement.  I had an iphone, I had to replace it because i was running out of memory.  As of now I'm pretty happy, I don't plan to replace it until it breaks.  I can see that only very few hard core Apple fans are willing to upgrade their phone on a regular basis. 
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1/30/2016 | 4:22:59 PM
Re: iTrouble
Thats exactly it there is no compelling reason to upgrade and without the subsidy most consumers have to really hard to find a reason to spend $600 on a phone every few years.
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1/29/2016 | 12:23:26 PM
Re: iTrouble

With every new modal comes the obligatory price increase and with mobile carriers not providing the "free phone" any longer consumers are getting savvier about their purchasing cycle. If Apple want to drive more adoption of their new models it will be time to start subsidizing their purchase through the carriers.

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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1/30/2016 | 8:09:17 AM
Cost of operation
The problem with the iPhone or any other smartphone is not the device, but the cost of operations. Those who need or want to spend quite a lot of money per month on a smartphone already do so. Many others like myself are interested in a smartphone, but are unwilling the insane monthly charges for a decent data plan (as in no caps).

If Apple wants to sell more gear they have to do these three things:

- cut the price of the iPhone because it is grossly overprice compared to the competition

- deliver product when it is demanded

- start its own very low cost cell service, 30$/month for four lines with unlimited data/voice/text is where I would jump


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