Anybody who’s interested in Apple products, and also plenty who say they’re not, will know that the iPhone 5 looks to be coming very soon with an event on September 12 expected to be the big reveal. As usual speculation and rumors before the unveiling are mounting daily and as well as recent talk about possible component delays leading to stock shortages another factor has arisen that makes us wonder if in fact the iPhone 5 will be very hard to get your hands on once it arrives. The factor concerned is public desire and it seems this is changing.
An actual release date for the iPhone 5 has been rumored as being September 21 but please remember that this is still not confirmed. However just yesterday we told of reports that Sharp, one of Apple’s suppliers of iPhone 5 parts, has not yet begun mass production of the displays, leading to concerns of shortages. Now it seems that consumer demand for the next iPhone will be even higher than in previous years and this, combined with component shortages could mean limited numbers of the iPhone 5 being available. Everyone knows that as every iPhone is released, demand is so high that stocks soon run out and Apple battles to keep up with consumer requirements. However, this time around it looks as though the situation could be heightened.
An article on ComputerWorld brings to our attention a survey by Changewave showing that demand for the iPhone 5 will be massive. Previously we told how analysts have already predicted that the iPhone 5 launch could be one of the biggest consumer electronics upgrades ever and now it appears that plenty of potential customers are hoping this is accurate. The survey compares demand for the iPhone 4S before its release last year to demand for the iPhone 5 this year and found that in October 2011 10% said they were ‘very likely’ to purchase the iPhone 4S and this year 14% said in June that they were ‘very likely’ to buy the iPhone 5.
As well as this, last year 11.5% said they were ‘somewhat likely’ to buy the iPhone 4S and this time around that statistic has risen to 17%. Last year 71.5% said they were ‘unlikely’ to buy the iPhone 4S and this year for the iPhone 5 that figure has fallen to 59%, that’s quite a drop. The recent Apple victory against Samsung in patent litigation and the fact that Apple is now trying to ban the sale of certain Samsung smartphones could lead to some customers being deterred from purchasing a Samsung Android device and this could mean even higher sales of the next iPhone this time around. Of course many Android fans would also argue that anti-Apple sentiment arising from what has been perceived by some to be ‘Android bashing’, could mean that some people may be just as equally deterred from Apple products. However it’s important to remember that the survey asking purchasers about iPhone 5 desire took place before that recent U.S. court victory for Apple.
There certainly doesn’t seem to be any chance that the iPhone 5 won’t be another smash hit for Apple and trends show that first weekend sales of new iPhones have risen from one million for the iPhone 3 to over one million for the iPhone 3GS, up to 1.7 million for the iPhone 4 and over a whopping 4 million for the iPhone 4S. Consumer desire for the iPhone 5 is likely to be higher than ever before and even higher than many analysts and experts anticipated. Indeed Changewave said in July that iPhone 5 demand looks likely to be “strikingly higher” than for earlier iPhones.
Recent reports of component shortages then comes at the worst possible time for Apple who will want to take its current momentum to divide the platform war even further while it can. If indeed there are shipping delays and customer desire for the iPhone 5 is as high as predicted then there could be a lot of disappointment ahead for fans eager to get their hands on the new phone as soon as possible. We have a feeling the next few weeks in the smartphone world will be intriguing and of course we’ll be following all the developments and passing on news to our readers.
In the meantime we love to receive your comments, as we’re always interested to hear what you have to say. Are you one of those waiting for the iPhone 5 and are you expecting this to be a huge product upgrade? If shortages become apparent amid huge consumer demand would you be disillusioned? Perhaps if this happened you’d consider an Android phone instead? Let us know your thoughts on the iPhone 5.