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This may be a sign of how iPhone demand is faring amongst the competition

The latest iPhone may not be the rockstar Apple thought it would be. The Cupertino, California-based company slashed its orders for iPhone 5 screens by about 50 percent for the first quarter of 2013, and cut orders for other iPhone components as well.

This may be a sign of how iPhone demand is faring amongst the competition. Rival hardware makers like Samsung, whose devices are coupled with Google's Android operating system, have stolen much of the smartphone market share in the U.S.

For Q3 2012, Android was the No. 1 mobile operating system with a market share of 72.4 percent (compared to 52.5 percent in Q3 2011). Apple's iOS followed far behind at 13.9 percent (compared to 15 percent in Q3 2011).

As far as hardware goes, Samsung led the Q3 2012 market share at 22.9 percent (compared to 18.7 percent in Q3 2011) and Apple sat in third place at 5.5 percent (compared to 3.9 percent in Q3 2011).

Apple recently slipped behind in China's smartphone market as well. Apple, which previously held the No. 4 spot in the Chinese mobile phone market, slipped to No. 6 in Q3 2012 due to its low number of shipments, according to research firm IDC. Out of China's 60 million mobile phone shipments in Q3, Apple's iPhone accounted for less than 10 percent.

Apple's iPhone 5 was released in September 2012 with new features like a 4-inch screen and 4G LTE connectivity. It's available in either black or white, and is priced at $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, and $399 for the 64GB model with two-year contracts.

Sources: CNET, The Wall Street Journal



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RE: Prices
By retrospooty on 1/14/2013 7:21:55 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like you wont use any of the many things the iPhone is missing and you aren't bothered by its other shortcomings. The iPhone is a good phone in that case... Except for maybe the price, that is kind of my issue with it. Feature-wise its a low end phone, and although its GPU is top notch, with all its missing it shouldn't be a $650 phone. It's not even on par with a $300 Nexus4. But, if you want to pay for it, thats on you. Enjoy it.


RE: Prices
By BillyBatson on 1/14/2013 8:24:36 PM , Rating: 2
Pay for it? It was $199 subsidized through AT&T +tax. I had AT&T remove the upgrade fee. I sold my 32gb iphone4 for $175 on Craigslist. I paid like $75 put of pocket.
I know of no other shortcomings. You can gripe about iOS but we are discussing hardware. As far as iOS goes only thing I hate about it is the default maps. I will never use widgets (I refuse to use them on a desktop as well) and the chicklet style menu might bother many of you when it comes down to it it works great as a simple app launcher. I admit my needs are incredibly simple when it comes to a phone all I need is the right size screen, a web browser, and decent speed.


RE: Prices
By retrospooty on 1/14/2013 9:28:23 PM , Rating: 2
okay so in the US the carriers subsidize it. And equivalent phone from any other maker on a US carrier would be free. Whatever though if you like it you like it... cool


RE: Prices
By TakinYourPoints on 1/16/2013 3:04:15 AM , Rating: 2
A GS3 without subsidy costs the same as an iPhone 5, and with those you're getting an inferior display and internal hardware, plus they fail drop tests even more than the iPhone 5 and low-end GS2.

If you're calling the fastest hardware with awesome battery life "low end", man, I'll take whatever drugs you're taking.

Samsung should also really drop the price on the GS3, talk about overpriced trash. Who pays hundreds of dollars for gimmicks like an SD card slot?


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