iPhone 5: Demand for Apple's handset takes a dive, report suggests

News Stacy Warden 08:29, Jan 14 2013

Apple cuts iPhone 5 screen orders; Samsung continues rising to the top

Demand for Apple's iPhone 5 is weak; weaker than expected, anyway. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the Cupertino, Calif. company has just cut orders for certain parts of its famous phone. According to the report by research firm IDC, iPhone 5 screen orders have been slashed to nearly half of what was originally planned for Q1 2013. 

And it's not just screens, Apple has purportedly cut orders for other iPhone 5 parts, too. Industry watchers believe this can only mean one thing: iPhone 5 demand is on the decline. If true, it seems slightly surreal, doesn't it? It's like, the untouchable iPhone. Everybody wants one. Don't they? 

Maybe not. There are, after all, a ton of budget-friendly Android-based devices on the market now. And plenty of consumers still enjoy a good deal, which is something that Apple simply never offers. Google's operating system is far from perfect, but it's continually getting better (and sometimes even bigger, where hardware is concerned).

Smartphone maker Samsung poses some of the biggest competition for Apple with its popular Galaxy series. While it isn't exactly a budget-friendly line, Samsung's price points are just as diverse as its ever-growing list of Android-based phones. As WSJ points out, Samsung has already one-upped Apple, overtaking it as the world's largest smartphone vendor by market share:

"In the 2012 third quarter, Apple held 14.6% of world-wide smartphone shipments, down from a peak of 23% in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, according to IDC."

There's also been a lot of talk lately about Apple possibly offering a cheaper iPhone in the near future. It's perhaps a move plenty of us never thought we'd see from Apple, nonetheless it would be a welcome one for most.  


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