Reports of lines in many countries show high demand for iPhone 5
Apple is going to be pretty much in control of the news cycle for the next few days. That is because the latest version of the iPhone, the iPhone 5, is going on sale. In some parts of the world it is already selling, such as Australia due to the time differences. We are going to be hearing about this for the day and once the 8:00 am time hits in the East Coast, there is going to be a lot more reporting on the first people to get the iPhone. Once that dies down late today, we are more than likely going to start hearing about situations where the iPhone 5 is sold out.
This will be a repeat of a year ago when the iPhone 4S was released and there were inventory issues which lasted for weeks. And we expect to see the same situation again. Except that lines are probably going to be longer and the inventory issues will be much worse. The inventory problems are probably going to last for about a month. That is just how popular the iPhone has become and how much in demand for the smart phone from Apple. And there is nothing that is going to deter that other than the saber rattling that Samsung is doing about LTE in the iPhone. Even that is not going to interrupt the sales which are going to be huge.
The only negative going on right now is with respect to the change that Apple did by replacing Google maps with Apple maps. This was included in iOS 6 which has been released already and there are a range of problems with how things are being displayed. This is from towns being listed in the wrong locations to a new airport which previously did not exist. Apple has responded with some statements, but other information has the developers in lock down to fix the problems. And that is the only way to get this done quickly.
Apple’s latest iPhone has a number of new features in it and one is Passbook which is probably going to become a central part of the future for handling things electronically. For example, you can get an electronic ticket to attend MLB games in 4 US cities or get an electronic boarding pass instead of the paper ones. There are movie tickets and many other things which it can hold. And there is nothing to stop this from overshadowing the Google Wallet. Even without the iPhone having the Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, Apple still has the ability for mobile payments with Passbook.
No doubt there are other things which you believe are great features in the latest iPhone from Apple. It is all those who are loyal to Apple which makes their products desirable and this is just another example of that. Hopefully you have not been sitting in line and will be getting your iPhone after things settle down.