February 23, 2024

Bits Blog: Signs of High Demand for the iPhone 5

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Did you forget to set the alarm on your iPhone to wake you up with a gentle marimba ringtone at 3 a.m. Eastern time Friday?

If so, your chances of getting the iPhone 5 early got a little dimmer.

In the wee hours of Friday, Apple started letting people order the iPhone 5 from its online store. It took only an hour for Apple’s site to change its shipping estimates for the product to two weeks. By Friday evening, the Apple store had changed the shipping estimate to two to three weeks. People who managed to submit their orders early were told they would receive their phones on Sept. 21, the day the iPhone 5 is officially available.

That change in delivery times is a sign that Apple’s online store burned through its initial inventory quickly, forcing customers who ordered later to wait.

“Pre-orders for iPhone 5 have been incredible,” said Natalie Kerris, an Apple spokeswoman. “We’ve been completely blown away by the customer response.”

Supplies at Apple’s wireless carrier partners in the United States seemed to hold up a bit longer, but eventually they, too, began giving customers longer shipping estimates. By Friday evening, ATT’s online store gave a shipping estimate of two to three weeks, while Verizon promised to deliver the iPhone 5 by Sept. 28, two weeks from Friday. Sprint’s Web site was promising Sept. 21 delivery of the 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte iPhone 5 models, though it said the 16-gigabyte phone will not be delivered for up to two weeks.

For people who want the iPhone 5 on its official first day of sale, there’s still the old-fashioned option of queuing up in front of bricks-and-mortar stores. Apple and its wireless partners will start selling the iPhone 5 on Sept. 21 starting at 8 a.m. local time for as long as their supplies last.

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Bits Blog: More Than 4 Million iPhone 4S’s Sold Over First Weekend

Customers stood in line to buy the iPhone 4S in New York on Friday.Brendan Mcdermid/ReutersCustomers stood in line to buy the iPhone 4S in New York on Friday.

People were O.K., it turns out, with an evolutionary iPhone.

On Monday morning, Apple said it sold more than four million iPhone 4S’s during the device’s first few days on sale after its Friday release. That figure is more than double the 1.7 million units of the iPhone 4 that Apple sold during its first three days on the market in June of last year.

The results seemed to be a vindication of Apple’s decision to offer what amounted to an upgrade of the iPhone 4 with its new model, rather than a wholesale makeover. The new phone’s look is virtually identical to the exterior design of its predecessor, though it has better internal hardware and a new virtual assistant feature, Siri, which uses voice recognition to handle various tasks. Initially, there was some disappointment that Apple didn’t release an iPhone 5 with bolder cosmetic changes on the outside of the device.

An analyst with RBC, Mike Abramsky, called the iPhone sales “monster” in a research note on Monday morning, noting that he had expected Apple to sell three million of the devices sold during its first weekend. Mr. Abramsky noted that sales could have gotten a lift from broader distribution of the phone at its introduction, including Sprint and Verizon in the United States.

Apple released some other impressive numbers Monday morning, saying that 25 million of its customers have already begun using iOS5, the new version of its operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. Apple also said 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud, the free service that lets people synchronize and save data on their Apple devices.

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