As I predicted, BCN’s practice of fragmenting iPhone models to diminish their top-rank standing has, as I predicted, rather spectacularly backfired.
As you can see from the graphic at right, the iPhone now occupies 9 of the top 10 spots (#10 being held by the Galaxy S4). Yep, nine different individual iPhones with a specific model, capacity, and carrier each all sold better by themselves than the Galaxy S4 did altogether.
And note the dates: 9/16 ~ 9/22. Meaning that this is just from the first two or three days of sales. Meaning that next week, with a full week of sales (albeit without the punch of the first-day buying spree), we may see the iPhone garner even more spots on the top list.
After all, the #11 spot went to Kyocera’s Gratina, the #12 spot to the Xperia A, and the #18 spot went to a Panasonic handset. The iPhone claimed all other seven spots in the 11-20 list.
And three spots in the 21-30 list. But I just find it amusing that 16 of the 20 top-selling phones are iPhones.
What I find interesting is that the high-capacity models are gaining top spots, when usually it is the 16 GB models that dominate—a discouraging sign that the prior system of making the new top-quality 16 GB iPhone free with a 2-year contract is no longer in effect—the much-less-appealing 5C has probably taken that place, making those who lust after the 5S pay a monthly fee or even buy outright, meaning that they pay only a little more to get the higher-capacity version.
I have a student in one of my classes who says that she has already ordered the gold iPhone 5S, but may have to wait a month or more before she gets it.