Posted by Michael Nace under Apple News on Saturday Feb 8, 2014
The iPhone 4 hasn’t made headlines since the 2010-2011 season, when it exploded onto the scene and led the iPhone franchise into a new era of success. Since then, the bloodline of iPhones that came after the iPhone 4 have been fraught with high sales and mixed emotions. However, the iPhone 4 arguably remained a viable, solid, premium smartphone from its debut in 2010 until 2013, when it was finally phased out to make room for the iPhone 5C, with the 4S taking over as Apple’s budget model.
However, a new report indicates that Apple has fired up production for the iPhone 4 once again in Asia, with plans to reintroduce it into markets like India n the wake of the iPhone 5C’s epic fail.
Thus, the iPhone 4 returneth. Sort of.
Posted by Michael Nace under Apple News on Tuesday Jan 28, 2014
With Apple’s first-ever gambit to co-release two new iPhones in the same year, one would have expected that the recent iPhone sales numbers would have once again smashed previous records. However, in a stunning reversal of expectations, Apple has posted a rare negative earnings report for its flagship smartphone, which in turn have sent Apple shares reeling in today’s trading (down 7.8% in active trading at the time of this writing).
According to an article on the Wall Street Journal, Apple “sold 51 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 28, up 7% from the year-ago period, after the company introduced two new models in September. Sales of iPhones, however, fell short of analysts’ expectations for 55 million units. In North America, iPhone sales fell, Mr. Cook said.” While it may be easy for consumers to forgive coming up short 4 million iPhones in sales expectations after managing to sell 51 million in the first fiscal quarter, Wall Street rewards the tea leaves on this sort of thing, and they see the failed iPhone sales as yet another sign that Apple may in fact be waning as product leader in the mobile market.
Now may not be the time for the tech community to hammer the nails into Cupertino’s coffin; after all, the company suffered humiliatingly bad products and performance in the marketplace before, only to emerge stronger, more creative, and more competitive. But that was back when they had a guy named Steve Jobs at the helm. Now, with the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, shareholders and Apple enthusiasts alike are being treated to damage control messaging that sounds less like the inspired proclamations of an inspired visionary, and more like someone managing the decline. ”Our objective has always been to make the best, not the most,” said Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on a conference call with analysts.
That statement is not only pathetic, it is also bullshit.