Verizon iPhone 5, lost business for Apple

By Peter Chubb - Apr 4, 2011

Could the news of the Verizon iPhone 5 delay become lost business for Apple? We say this because we have recently learned that sales of the iPhone 4 for Big Red have now started to slow, which is understandable coming up to June. However, with no new iPhone in sight just yet Apple could lose even more market share.

Sales of the iPhone 4 have been more than all other previous version, and the Verizon version certainly helped. Apple and their carrier partners will not be happy to learn that the HTC Thunderbolt is now outselling their iPhone in a number of locations. One reason for this is because it is using Big Red’s 4G LTE network.

We have seen time and again that Apple have not worried about this slowdown, but instead of just over two months down the line, the new version of the iPhone might be four or five months late – then what will Apple do? We know that sales are suffering with the iPad 2 as well; this is because there are long wait times for deliveries. Put these two things together and we could start to see a little uncertainty with investors, in turn share prices could be affected.

We have already discussed that the Apple iPhone 5 might launch in September instead this year, which could have one of two affects. The first is that sales will go through the roof because of so near to the holiday season, or maybe they could be slow off the ground because of consumers saving to purchase gifts for others.

We do not know for sure if the iPhone 5 will be launched out of the current iPhone cycle, but if later then it will be interesting to see if Apple’s gamble pays off.

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