Call me crazy, but this is such a non story.
surveys of carriers… which means what? there is not one number or stat to back up any of their assertations.
‘iPhone 7’s sales are stronger than they were for the iPhone 6’? Are selling more units? Or is it still keeping a larger % share of sales (when compared to the 8)? The latter being simply explained by people waiting for the X (which we know is happening). Are fewer units selling overall? probably for the moment given the X.
This just feels like a great headline to rile up the iPhone haters (and lovers) in one quick motion! (and it’s working )
Eventually, the market reaches saturation and that coupled with the fact that phones are getting pretty damn good so the need to upgrade is reduced. Hell, I considered keeping my iPhone 6 Plus (not for long) given the 8 really doesn’t offer that much more (besides being waaay faster, better touch ID and Camera… who am I kidding it’s great!).
But yes, the iPhone is getting bloody expensive and I’m sure people may be tempted to buy into the old model, but really there isn’t much in it.
On Telstra’s ‘L’ plan the difference is $8 / month between an iPhone 7 128GB and an iPhone 8 256GB.
On Optus they still list the 256GB iPhone 7 so it’s more of a direct comparison with a gap of only $6 / month more for the 8 (on the 7GB Plan). Assuming they really only have the 128GB version that gap widens to $16 / month for the 8 making the 7 a lot more attractive to those on a budget, especially those who don’t want to break the $100 / month barrier (and still get something approaching a useable data allowance in 2017).
I think Apple were very smart to stop reporting numbers last year… just as that curve starts to flatten out