Update: Shares of Apple surged 1.1 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday following Legere’s comments.
According to charismatic T-Mobile CEO John Legere, reports about a supposed lack of interest in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are way overblown.
How overblown? In a live Periscope chat with customers, Legere said that T-Mobile’s iPhone 7 orders are shaping up to be four times those of the enormously popular iPhone 6.
The iPhone 7, he noted, “is a big, big deal.” Who are we to disagree?
“So I don’t know what everyone is doing, but it’s like four times bigger than the iPhone 6 for us at this order stage,” he said, calling orders thus far a “phenomenon.” He noted that T-Mobile is dealing with customer orders as quickly as it can. Legere also revealed that “Matte Black is the most pre-ordered” iPhone 7 out of the different color options available.
While anecdotal, it’s certainly a good sign — particularly since Apple’s decision not to release first-weekend sales of the iPhone will no doubt have some people voicing concerns that the company had lower expectations than usual.
Last week we reported on the fact that Apple has reportedly boosted iPhone 7 and 7 Plus component orders by 10 percent based on demand. Anyone who endured the frustration of staying up to pre-order the device, only to receive news of shipping delays and out-of-stock items, may also have gotten the idea that this iPhone is going to be as in-demand as ever.
You can check out our roundup of the first reviews of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus here.
Via: Patently Apple