Apple’s luck seems to be on the rise, even with the influx of Android smartphones and new competitors coming into the fray. The iPhone 5S has been, for over three months, the top selling smartphone at AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile, all four major US carriers.
The iPhone 5S has apparently been doing great worldwide, especially in countries getting their first taste of the iPhone like China. India and Japan are also buying heavily into Apple’s new flagship and this may lead to the best quarter yet for Cupertino.
Since Apple does not do events after October and the Q4 earnings call is some time away, we have no notion of how well the iPhone 5S has actually done worldwide. It is available in more countries than ever and on more carriers than ever, so we are expecting a big announcement.
Apple’s iPhone 5C has not faired as well but is still one of the most popular handsets in the US, sitting a comfortable third behind the Galaxy S4 in October, November and December. The cheaper iPhone 5C seems to have taken buyers interest, even with the few early reports on poor sales.
The iPhone 5S is not the smartphone being marketed worldwide, for many the iPhone 5C is the only smartphone from Apple they are seeing on advertisements at both retail stores and on the TV. This has paid off for Apple, considering millions through the iPhone 5C was a waste of money when announced at Apple’s iPhone event in October.
On the software side, Apple has apparently converted over 2/3 of the iOS users capable of grabbing the upgrade to iOS7. This is an impressive amount for such a big visual upgrade and it looks like the only people not upgrading are the ones who love the skeuomorphism and