iPhone 4S sales will remain strong despite impending iPhone 5 release date

News Richard Goodwin 10:02, 22 Aug 2012

Apple is expected to continue selling vast quantities of 2011’s iPhone 4S despite the upcoming release of the iPhone 5

Consumers the world-over will continue to buy older iPhone 4S handsets in Q3 following the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5.

DigiTimes is reporting that Q3 shipments of iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S handsets are expected to grow by ‘10 to 15 per cent sequentially in the third quarter of 2012.’

This contradicts a lot of sources we’ve spoken with in the past few months where the general consensus seems to be that most people are waiting for the new iPhone to arrive. After all, why would you lock yourself into a two-year contract on a handset that’s about to be usurped?

DigiTimes’ report doesn’t really make any sense in this respect. Apple will, no doubt, continue to sell iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S handsets – once the iPhone 5 is here the 4 and 4S become the 'affordable' iPhone option – but at an uplift of 10 to 15 per cent? That sounds a little steep to us, even by Apple’s standards.

‘For the fourth quarter of 2012,’ reports DigiTimes, ‘Apple is expected to ship a total of 28 million iPhones, including 6-10 million units of new iPhones and 18-22 million units of old models, the sources estimated.’

The new iPhone 5 is expected to launch on September 12 with a release date following later in the month. The new handset could be the first LTE-ready device to hit the UK and is expected to feature a larger 4-inch Retina Display.

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