Tech Talk: Is Demand for Apple Products Decreasing?

January 14, 2013  |  

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has cut back on its orders for iPhone 5 parts, a possible indication that demand for the company’s latest smartphone is less than expected.

According to two of the WSJ’s sources, as of last month, orders for the iPhone 5 screen and other components have dropped to about half of what Apple had planned to order for the first quarter 2013.

For the 12 weeks ending November 25, 2012, iPhones accounted for 53.3 percent of smartphone purchases, up from 35.5 percent in 2011. Android sales dropped to 41.9 percent from 52.8 percent a year ago, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

But while 2012 may have been a good year for Apple and the iPhone 5, other smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung and Nokia, are already having a stellar 2013. Samsung announced it has sold 100 million Galaxy S smartphones, while sales of Nokia devices exceeded expectations for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Apple is dealing with increased competition from the Android market, which often features cheaper smartphone devices. Despite rumors that Apple is considering a cheaper version of the iPhone, the rumors of decreased demand overall made Apple’s stock price drop in pre-market trading Monday morning.

How many people out there have the iPhone 5?

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  • Guest360

    I’m beyond tired of Apple. The second you get any one of their products, you can’t even get accustomed to it yet before they start promoting a newer and “better” version of the thing you just got. I bought the iPhone 4 awhile back and was beyond pissed that not 2 months later, Apple was releasing the iPhone 4s! Of course companies like to update their products every so often but the speed at which Apple does it is just ridiculous. And now they’re thinking about no longer selling the adapters that fit all Apple products and basically forcing you to buy extra parts (or a new product altogether) just to keep using what you already have. Its insane!! Apple has me too fumed lately. I’m thinking about switching back to Android once my upgrade comes in May and buying up as many adapters as I can for my iPod lol.

  • Miyako

    Wasn’t it last month that a 2 million dollar shipment worth of iPads Mini’s were stolen?

  • SheBe

    People are tired of Apple coming out with a new phone every 2 months only to add some “new” features that jailbreakers of the Android have already done. I know that most manufacturers upgrade their phones a couple of times a year but Apple just seems overkill to me. (I’m really just mad that I have the 4 [not 4S because it came out like a month after i got this] and cant get a new one until Aug.) I love my Mac, iPad, and iPhone though. 😉

  • ThaVoiceoftheVoiceless

    I have the Iphone 4S as well, and I’m not interested in getting the 5. Although, I wouldn’t mind getting the Samsung Phone that is a tablet as well.

  • Eady123

    I still have my iPhone 4S. I don’t like how the iPhone 5 feels; it’s cheap looking and it’s light. I want my phone to have some weight on it

    • Miyako

      I have an iPhone 5, and at first the light weight was off-putting, but I quickly got used to it. Likewise, putting a case on it adds a little extra weight. As far as it being cheap looking, I completely disagree.