You knew this would happen, right? As soon as Apple announced record sales for the first day of availability for iPhone 6 models, someone would come out of the woodwork to announce that the record sales number was disappointing. Last year Apple didn’t announce pre-sales numbers, but still managed to sell 9-million iPhones during the launch weekend. This year pre-orders were announced so we’ll have to wait until next week to see how many iPhones were actually sold.
Apple critics care. Apple watchers care. Samsung cares. The cell phone carriers care. For everyone else in the world, it’s pretty much business as usual; just another giant iPhone launch.
How about 47 iPhones sold every second during the first 24 hours? Apple may have been able to sell even more if all the online sites could have handled the customer volume, and it’s clear that they could not.
47 iPhones per second is 2,820 iPhones per minute, which is 169,200 per hour, which ends up at just over 4-million iPhones for the first 24 hours. How many Galaxy S5 models did Samsung sell in the first 24 hours of availability? How many Amazon Fire Phones were sold the first weekend?
Nobody knows because Samsung, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, HTC, Motorola, and anyone else who sells anything that competes with what Apple sells seems to be eerily quiet about how many they sell. Or, maybe it’s more accurately phrased, ‘How few they sell.’ For some reason the industry’s many critics only focus on Apple’s numbers, despite the company’s paltry marketshare in smartphones, tablets, and personal computers.
Why is that?
It’s because no other company is as interesting as Apple, hence the gargantuan amount of misplaced, outsized attention for every new Apple product launch.
Here’s a thought. While it may be another six months before we see an Apple Watch in an Apple Store to hold and touch and view and fawn over, does anyone else besides me think that Apple may not have announced everything said Watch can and will do when it is launched next year?
Thanks for sharing, Apple– at least now, following the launch of Apple’s latest products, we know what Xiaomi’s new smartphones will look like; we know what features Samsung will add to next year’s Galaxy S6, and we’ll know what functions will be in all the so-called smartwatches in 2015.