iPhone 5 Sales Are Decelerating Faster Than Expected, Says Analyst

We're beginning to move out of analysts' predictions and into actual intel about Apple's 2013 pipeline.

Tim Cook said that Apple couldn’t even make enough iPhone 5s to keep up with demand last year. Shoot, Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 units in the first weekend, so we’re keen to believe Tim.

However, a report from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek this morning is claiming the iPhone 5 is loosing its juice, and sales are starting to drop a lot faster than anyone expected.

Misek said that along with the decelerating sales of the iPhone 5, suppliers are already prepping for the iPhone 5S builds that should start in March. So it seems  part of the drop in iPhone 5 sales is due to demand, the other is because of anticipation for the iPhone 5S.

The iPhone 5S is expected to be announced at some point this summer, however it will most likely just be a spec bump rather than a complete redesign. Apple is also rumored to be working on a cheaper iPhone that will be released in 2013 as well. The cheaper iPhone will be made of plastic and cost around $300 unlocked if you believe analysts.

Update: Jim Dalrymple at The Loop has already squashed half of this rumor. For a history of Peter Misek’s horrible Apple predictions, check out this article.

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  • dieselmaniac

    I’d personally like to see a complete redesign and a possible name change. I may even hold off on the iPhone 5s and wait for the 6 or whatever they call it at that point.

  • lowtolerance

    I’d personally like to see a complete redesign and a possible name change. I may even hold off on the iPhone 5s and wait for the 6 or whatever they call it at that point.

    Why would they ever change the name of one of the most successful products in history?

  • bdkennedy

    Out of all of my friends that have iPhones, I’m still the only one with an iPhone 5.

  • hanhothi

    Android is leaving iOS far behind. Let’s hope Sir Jony can pull Apple’s chestnuts out the fire before it is too late. WAKE UP APPLE, you ain’t making it any more!

  • dieselmaniac

    @lowtolerance Maybe not the name iPhone, but perhaps the number part of the name.

  • technochick

    It’s a comment without full context. Sure the demand might be lower but it could be because some of those folks got the iPhone last quarter. And it’s very common for demand to drop outside of the launch quarter. Plus how much lower is it and who is judging the ‘decelerating faster’. Is it Apple or this analyst who is basing it on who knows what information. It could be that no it isn’t at all overall but that fewer folks are going to the outside resellers and that’s the information this judgment is being based on — that the carriers etc are seeing fewer sales in their stores so that must mean that no one wants the iphone from any source.

  • Commodore64

    man, did you guys just hang around the computer lab all day in high school? in English class we learned “it’s” is only a conjunction of “it is,” not possessive of “it.” we were also learning that when you “lose” something it is gone. when you “loose” something, it is freed. copy editing, anyone? back to back bungles…

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