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Tristan Thomas

Currently in school seeking a degree in Computer Science and a heart set on Law, Tristan spends his extra time taking a second look at the more interesting topics surrounding current day technology.

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    Tristan Thomas

    No time span was given by Samsung. Those were simply pre-orders made before the device went on sale. As I noted in the article, if Apple had more iPhones available, not only for the iPhone 5 launch, but for previous launches as well, they would have pre-sold more.

    Therefore, time span does not matter when it comes down to the wire.

    The metric that I am most concerned with though is how many iPhone 5 Apple will sell in 100 days. We know that Samsung sold 20 million in that time span. Seeing those numbers should decide who is king until each device hits the end of their flagship selling cycle.

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      Just Call Me David

      Apple has a lot of fanboys, BUT you have to take into account. When the iPhone 4 was announced, it was to be released on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. All those people with 2-year contract upgrades that REALLY wanted an iPhone just for the sake of saying “I have an iPhone” upgraded and got the 4.

      Don’t forget, too, the 4 was released shortly after a 2-year gap, so not THAT many people had expired contracts, so they quickly snatched up the 4, leaving them unable to get the 5, plus carriers are ditching unlimited data and increasing upgrade fees. So the 5′s sales shouldn’t be relatively higher than the 4, so you could use that as a reference.

      And take into account – fanboys.

      ^wall of text

      -Apple Dev

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    Tristan Thomas

    Samsung did not include the time span with those pre-orders. All we know is that they had 9 million pre-orders before officially launching the Samsung Galaxy S3. As I mentioned in the article, if Apple had more iPhone 5s lying around, they would have pre-sold more. As a result, the accomplishment is not limited because of time span, but instead because of supply restraints.

    What we do know is that Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S3 in 100 days. It will be interesting to see how much the iPhone 5 will be able to sell in that same time span.

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    Dude, sorry, but you’re an idiot. Yes the 24 hour span is relevant. Pre-orders are still generating as we speak, there wasn’t a 2 million pre-order cap with Apple. Any pre-order after Apple’s *unknown cap* are still considered pre-order numbers, but will be delayed to the consumers. How long was the pre-order button open for the S3? I’m banking on a lot longer of a time span than just a week. So Apple will probably not get 9 million pre-orders in a week. Guarantee it will sell in its first quarter (4th quarter) than the S3 did in its first quarters life, though.

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    Kevin Leung

    iPhone pre-orders in 24hrs: 2.0 million+
    iPhone pre-orders from Sept 14th to release on Sept 21st: ???

    GSIII pre-orders in 24hrs: ???
    GSIII pre-orders from early June 2012 to release in second week of July 2012: 9 million

    This means Samsung sold 9 million phones over a five week span…whereas Apple sold 2 million phones in a single day.

    Apple is clearly killing it.

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    Tristan Thomas

    According to a court document pointed out by BGR, “In the fourth calendar quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 alone, Apple sold 25.8 million iPhones.” Apple reportedly sold a total of 102 million iPhones to date based on stats released by Apple on their total iOS sales which had iPods and iPad numbers subtracted based on court documents (http://www.unwiredview.com/2011/06/06/apple-ios-stats-200-million-devices-sold-25-million-ipads-14-billion-apps-downloaded-and-more/)

    That shows that Apple sold 25.8 million iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S since the iPhone 4S launched.

    Cross reference this with a chart (http://www.learn-cocos2d.com/2012/03/ios-sales-statistics-q1-2012-split-by-model-opengl-es-2-0-support/) that shows all iPhone shipments to date with bundled devices, we learn that the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS accounted for 47 percent of all iPhone sales in history (until the iPhone 4S came out), compared to the iPhone 4S, 4, and 3GS which only accounted for 20 percent in history up to Q1.

    So iPhone 4S, 4, and 3GS together account for north of 20 million iPhones ever sold when sold together. The Galaxy S3? Single handedly accounts for 20 million in just 100 days.

    There’s no exact number on iPhone 4S sales, but it doesn’t take a genius to come to the right conclusion. 


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