Weekly Roundup: iPhones 5c and 5s

by Aaron Brethorst | September 21, 2013

Happy new iPhone to you all! I ordered a iPhone 5s from Apple early morning on Friday, but unfortunately I wasn't quick enough to get in before shipping stretched out to 7-10 business days. (I ordered the 32GB Space Gray, in case you're curious.) So, I thought, "what the heck," got into my car, and drove over to the AT&T store at the Pacific Place mall in downtown Seattle. As luck would have it, when I arrived at 10:00AM, the line in front of me was only about 8 people long, and I was able to pick up one of the last 32GB Space Grays they had in stock. I would've been completely out of luck if I'd wanted less storage or one of the other colors.

Availability of Apple's new hardware is usually pretty tight, which makes the 5c especially interesting. It seems that, given its iPhone 5-like innards, Apple is having absolutely no problems meeting demand for it. Either that, or it's a flop, but I'd bet you a share of AAPL that it is absolutely not a flop. Most people I've talked to who want a new iPhone are basing their purchase decisions between the 5c and 5s entirely on price and color. I am not making this up. They recognize that the 5s is the more "premium" of the two, but aren't particularly aware of any other features, and therefore aren't basing their purchasing decisions on anything but those two aforementioned criteria.

Meanwhile, in case you haven't seen it already, Mixpanel is publishing stats on iOS 7 adoption. As of late last Saturday, iOS 7 usage exceeded iOS 6's. Pretty impressive. It only took two days. If you're starting work on a new iOS app, I don't think you should even consider supporting iOS 6. Existing app? Issue one more update and then pull the plug.



Best,
Aaron


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