New versions of tablets and smartphones are constantly being released, and some users have that constant niggling feeling that they have laid down their money too early and that the next big thing is just around the corner.
With the iPhone 5 set for an October launch, analysts have predicted that smartphone fans will change their buying tactics, and avoid shelling out for an iPhone 4S in the coming months.
Dip in iPhone sales
This they argue will lead to the most sluggish growth in sales that Apple has seen in two years. Andy Hargreaves, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities in Portland, Oregon, predicts that sales of the iPhone will dip to 25.4 million,
Of course, it’s not a catastrophic dip in sales, but compared to a figure of 35.1 million in the last quarter it’s not great – especially by Apple’s high standards.
There is some weight to this theory as iPhone sales slowed down ahead of the launch of the iPhone 4S last October, with profits said to fall shy of analysts’ estimates for the first time since 2003.
According to some reports users are scouring rumour websites to make a more informed decision about whether a device is really up to the minute or will be consigned to the history books before long.
Apple fans waiting
Jim Ferrer, a commercial insurance broker in San Francisco, has held on to the first iPhone since 2007, and is currently biding his time to ensure he gets the cream of the iPhone crop.
Although he had initially considered purchasing the 4S, suggestions that the iPhone 5 will have a more robust processor and lighter frame, soon changed his mind.
“There are so many changes that keep coming out that I want to make sure I get the right one. Then I’ll stick with it.”
All sorts of iPhone 5 rumours are doing the rounds at the moment, so we can expect a typically frenzied rush to buy the device upon its release.
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