NEW YORK: The Apple’s smart devices iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have become the users favourite handsets just with a month of their launch, but iPhone 6 is becoming more popular as it accounted for 68 per cent of all sales through September and into early October, while its larger model took between 23 and 24 per cent.
Apple’s cheaper iPhone 5S and 5C handsets made up the rest of the sales. Following last year’s launch, the 5S and 5C accounted for 84 per cent of total iPhone sales in the first 30 days – proving the 6 range is more popular.
The skew is being blamed on reports that stocks of the iPhone 6 Plus are lower because Apple is struggling to complete orders.
The figures come from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIPR) analyst Steven Milunovich. He also noted that more people are buying larger models of the devices, in terms of storage, with the average capacity reported as 48GB.
As Apple Insider points out, this is almost double last year’s figure, but may be due to the fact Apple has removed the 32GB model from the range, offering a 16GB, 64GB and 128GB as standard.
A separate CIPR report, from analysts Joshua Lowitz and Michael Levin, found that fewer people switched from Android to iOS this year, compared to last year. In September 2013, 23 per cent of iPhone customers said they had previously owned an Android phone, but this year the figure was closer to 12 per cent.
But, it explained that although there were fewer people making the switch, those who did, chose the more expensive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, rather than the iPhone 5C and 5S.