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September 25th, 2013

Splist02As 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discouraging sign that the prior system of making the new top-quality 16 GB iPhone free with a 2-year contract is no longer in effect—the much-less-appealing 5C has probably taken that place, making those who lust after the 5S pay a monthly fee or even buy outright, meaning that they pay only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.

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  1. Troy
    September 25th, 2013 at 13:55 | #1

    Truly stunning.

    Imagine viewing this post (via some sort of time warp) back in 2003.

    Or 2008 for that matter. We knew what the iPhone was 5 years ago, but how far has it come!

    Mac Pro, 5S, MBA . . . mmm, good stuff.

  2. Drew
    October 3rd, 2013 at 23:38 | #2

    Despite the complaints from all the Apple haters out there, I think the iPhone is quite a good product. However, I do have a question about their naming.
    Apple has always used “C” to indicate a lower cost model, sometimes going so far as “LC” (presumably for Low Cost), but I’ve never been able to figure out what the “S” stands for. Apple seems to use “S” in products that have an upgrade in specs (and often price), but without a major change in form from previous models. Anybody know?

  3. Luis
    October 3rd, 2013 at 23:47 | #3

    Quick Google Search: Speed, Siri, or Steve.

    My bet is on “speed,” as it was used on alternating models before Siri and before Steve passed.

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