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Sat Jan 28, 2017, 10:30 AM

Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

The phrase "Peak Apple" has been used many times, only for the fruity firm to bounce back. Cupertino has amassed a vast fortune by ignoring the carping experts. However, the latest bout of iPhone fatigue might be more than a passing bout of flu. It's prompted one Wall Street watcher to downgrade Apple stock.

The specific reason? Buyers are finding last year's supersized Plus model is better value than this year's svelte iPhone 7. So says Mark Moskowitz, the analyst who follows Apple at Barclays, who noted this week that: "Recent smartphone customers increasingly are opting for the iPhone 6s," pointing out the obvious – these days our smartphones are "good enough" until they break. Fewer customers want to pay a premium for incremental improvements.

Apple's own hardware-by-subscription scheme – copied by Samsung – looks like it was designed for another era.

Mature smartphone markets have been saturated for several years; global growth has come from emerging markets led by China and India. Apple's decline was temporarily arrested by making larger iPhones, busting out of its self-imposed 4" display limit (users needed to use a phone one-handed, Apple argued). The release of pent-up demand saw Apple steal share from Samsung.

But last year, analysts were pointing to new weaknesses in the little-changing iPhone lineup. "iPhone fatigue" was identified as a factor by Strategy Analytics who noted that Apple's share fell from 14 per cent globally to 12 per cent.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/27/apple_eats_itself_as_iphone_fatigue_spreads/

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Let it go Jan 28 #3
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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 10:34 AM

1. Terminal velocity of platform growth is happening culturally too. People turning in, closing the

door.

Thats life.

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Sat Jan 28, 2017, 11:19 AM

2. That actually makes sense

I have 6S plus , they are offering my in less than a year to upgrade for almost nothing , giving me a huge trade in. I am sure I am still getting screwed it reminds me of trading in a car at this point lol.

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Response to DDKick (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 12:01 PM

4. I used to trade in phones just because the battery would start going bad.

But now that I use an extender case I don't really need to change. And they don't do the subsidies anymore so I'll likely have my 6s for a bit.

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Response to Let it go (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 07:02 PM

5. I am torn since its almost an even trade

There are not any new features on the 7 I want or need too. The other thing is doing it this way they kind of cloud the true cost they are charging you. I tried other carriers but the data throttle drives me nuts so I accept the higher cost plan and phone. Battery life hasn't really impacted me I am normally at a desk , in a car or watching tv in the living room and have chargers everywhere.

I found some good deals on lightning cables on Amazon and ordered 12 for the cost of one from the Apple store. I expected them to stop working after a few months like most of the cheap ones but they haven't yet I was surprised pleasantly for a change lol. I still have 8 in the box they came in.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 11:59 AM

3. "Incremental improvements" being the operative words.

I'm having a ton of fun with Alexa. Apple better step it up and surpass Amazon or it will be too easy to switch to an Amazon phone.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Tue Jan 31, 2017, 06:42 PM

6. I just don't like IOS

I can't stand the fact it has no programs button and the walled garden approach to apps irritates me to no end.

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