Thursday, September 19, 2013

Apple's iPhone 5S sells-out in Australia, Hong Kong, & Singapore

Just after midnight local time, Apple began sales of their new flagship iPhone 5S to customers in in the Far East and Down Under, and orders were immediately met with delays of a week or more, pushing deliveries into the next month. iPhone 5C, which has been available for preorder since Sept. 13, shows shipping lead times of 1 to 3 business days in all three countries.

If you are planning to purchase the iPhone 5S in the US tonight, be prepared for similar shortages. Many carrier sources and US retail outlet we’ve heard from have told us that they have only have Space Grey iPhone 5S devices in stock for launch day tomorrow. That’s not to say some stock might arrive late tonight and throughout the day tomorrow. Perhaps a few high profile flagship stores will have stock on hand but as we’ve been told by one retailer, ordering online maybe the best way to go, and even then there are no guarantee.

Meanwhile, iOS 7 launch continues around the world, with many users abuzz over social media, with 37% of users upgrading within the first 24 hours. Mobile analytics firm Mixpanel has posted a cool widget that lets you track the number of users upgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 7:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

iOS 7 is here. And the reviews are in.

iOS 7 is a complete overhaul of the system, throwing out just about every visual element from previous iterations and building on a new system of whitespace, transparency, and motion. Here is a quick iOS 7 review round-up from around the web:

Stuart Miles – Pocket-Lint
The colours will dazzle you, the apps will pow and pop at you, and you’ll wonder why you pressed the upgrade button so quickly. But after a brief moment, the panic subsides and you’ll realise that you’ve got an OS that makes your phone seem shiny, new, and enjoyable.
Jim Dalrymple – The Loop
Nobody likes change, but sometimes change is for the best. iOS 7 is one of those changes.
Darrell Etherington – TechCrunch
There’s no question that iOS 7 will be a dramatic change from the iOS many users already know and love, but on balance it’s an update packed with plenty of new features that make using Apple’s mobile devices easier and more enjoyable.
Walt Mossberg – All Things D
There are too many new features in iOS 7 to list here, but it’s a big improvement.
David Pogue – New York Times
I think you should install it. The structure, layout and features represent some of Apple’s best work. The look of iOS 7 — well, that judgment is up to you.
Edward Baig – USA Today
In my view, iOS is still simpler to use than Android, and made even simpler in iOS 7.

And in case you missed it, here is Apple's iOS 7 promo from WWDC:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Reservations for unlocked iPhone 5s sell out within hours in China

Customers in China looking to reserve an unlocked version of the iPhone 5s Tuesday may be out of luck. Initial supplies of the iPhone 5s are widely suspected to be limited, with multiple stores have sold out of all models of the iPhone 5s, though some are still offering the "Space Gray" 16GB version. Select versions of the iPhone 5c also appear to be in limited supply as of Tuesday.

According to Chinese language publication Sina Tech, the gold iPhone 5s appears to be one the most popular models in the country's capital city, with first day stock running out at the Sanlitun, Xidan Joy City, and Wangfujing Apple Stores just two hours after reservations went live on Tuesday, local Beijing time.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Why the analysts are wrong about the iPhone 5C

In the days since the iPhone 5C and 5S were unveiled, Apple analysts and pundits seemed to have fixated all their criticisms and energies on a single part of Apple's new smartphone strategy - PRICE.

But what about the other big question - UNITS?

Flash back to September 2012, and Apple was just about to unleash the iPhone 5 on the world - what would become Apple's fastest selling device in history - selling an astounding 2 million devices within hours and going on to sell a record 5 million devices on it's first weekend before inventories began to drying up. It would take them months before supply finally caught up to demand, but by then the peak holiday season was over, and the iPhone 5 launch hype had all but died down.

Back to the present, and here we are with the all new iPhone 5S. An even more complicated device than the previous generation, with it's new 64-bit A7 processor, M7 co-processor and Touch ID sensor. Available in an even wider variety of color and storage combinations than ever before. As insightful as Apple is into supply chain management, topping the iPhone 5 launch numbers and fending off the ever present competition this holiday season would have been an impossible task with the iPhone 5S alone.

And that's where the 5C comes in, soaking up all the launch hype and capitalizing on the Apple "Halo Effect". With the $549 entry level 5C, at 15% cheaper than the entry level 5S, Apple is likely aiming to satisfy as much pent up demand as possible, targeting users from other platforms who just want in on iOS 7, and owners of the iPhone 4S or older, for which the 5C is significant leap forward in terms of hardware (better speed, camera, screen, and battery life, not to mention a whole range of impulse purchase inducing colors).

Which would also explain why the iPhone 5S wont be available for pre-order at all this year. After all, what would be the point if they were going to sell out of devices within hours anyway?

iPhone 5c Starts To See More Sell-Outs

As of Monday, Apple's US inventories of iPhone 5c on it's online store are beginning to show some strain. The unlocked version (sim-free) of the iPhone 5c is no longer available for delivery this Friday, September 20, and is now showing a delivery date of 25th of September for all colors and storage sizes.

Certain T-Mobile contract free versions of the iPhone 5c are also beginning to see shipping dates pushed back to September 25th. However, supplies of other carrier-specific models remain available for delivery on launch day of this Friday, September 20.

Online pre-orders for the 5c went live at 12:01 am PDT on the 13th of September in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, and Singapore, marking Apple's most ambitious launch plan yet. The sim-free 16 GB iPhone 5c in Yellow was the first to sellout on the Apple website, doing so within hours of launch.

Apple will be accepting orders for the iPhone 5s at 12:01 am PDT on the 20th of September. For more information on the iPhone 5s and 5c vist:

Apple teams up with Burberry to show off iPhone 5S Camera

Last week Apple made unveiled its new flagship phone, the iPhone 5S, and Monday was one of the first chances to see it in action outside of the company's press event. Teaming up with high-end fashion Burberry, in what appears to be a move lead by Apple designer Jony Ive, the iPhone 5S new and improved camera capabilities were put to the test in the real world at the Burberry spring/summer 2014 collection fashion show at London's Fashion Week.

The show was exclusively covered by Burberry with the yet to be released phone, and the footage has been making it's way around social media including Burberry's Instagram and Twitter pages. Here's a teaser they posted earlier:

For more information on the iPhone 5S, check out:

So What's The Most Popular iPhone 5c Color?

According to Apple's online inventory - Yellow. Apple's US online store first sell-out happened Friday (only hours after pre-orders began) with the unlocked sim-free 16GB iPhone 5c in Yellow. By Monday, several other unlocked sim-free version also began selling out, joined by the first unlocked T-Mobile version to sell out - yup you guessed it - the 16 GB iPhone 5c in Yellow.

Of course it is impossible to say for certain due to the fact that we don't know exactly how much inventory Apple has of each iPhone 5c color variation, but anecdotal evidence is building up.