Every iPhone 5 unit may look the same, but Apple (AAPL) is actually producing 3 different...


Every iPhone 5 unit may look the same, but Apple (AAPL) is actually producing 3 different models, so as to address the 7 4G LTE frequency bands being used globally. AT&T will sell a North American GSM model, Verizon and Sprint will sell a CDMA model, and foreign carriers will sell an international GSM model. Selling different models should lower Apple's component costs a bit, and is a slight negative for top RF component supplier Skyworks (SWKS -1.4%). (more on iPhone 5)

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  • SoldHigh
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    So I watched the iPhone 5 video which is now up on Apple's website. I found LTE to be one of the stronger selling points - but I don't need it.

     

    The quality of the device is truly impressive, however, the features (while also impressive) have incremental gains that I doubt will make many people want to upgrade when compared to the gains in the 4S from the 4. Personally, I'll keep my 4S (it's awesome) - perhaps the 5S will sell me.
    12 Sep 2012, 07:43 PM Reply Like
  • spybreaker
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    Not a big fan of any apple product and never understood why everyone was going gaga over something that I could always find functionality from a cheaper alternative. The only time I started liking everyone going gaga over iPhone and iPad and other Apple products was when I bought their stock and have around 30% of my portfolio in AAPL stock. Even today I was talking to a coworker who said that he is upgrading from 4s to 5 because "It's 4S dude!" and I couldn't help laughing with my friend who also owns AAPL stock telling him "man, I love people like you!!!"
    12 Sep 2012, 09:18 PM Reply Like
  • Bosco_pcs
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    @SoldHigh but remember a lot of people have said the same thing when 4S came out. So a lot of people still owning a 4 will be the first ones to upgrade to 5. From that perspective, that will be a big technological leap

     

    Think about it, maybe that is the marketing genius by having an asynchronous upgrade cycle while $AAPL continues to pry open new carriers like China Mobile

     

    @spybreaker $AAPL has a high trade-in value. That is how the Japanese used to market their cars. Things may have changed a bit these days but other than quality issues, people used to prefer them to American ones because of the trade-in values. A lot of time, kids prefer hand-me-down iPhone to a RIMM or Nokia. So parents figure they get their money worth
    13 Sep 2012, 08:11 AM Reply Like
  • Bob Sutton
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    My 4 was on a 2-year contract that became eligible for upgrade a couple of months ago. With October availability of the 5 pretty much widely assumed, it made no sense to upgrade before now. And, yes, my 2 year old phone works perfectly fine so I'm as guilty as any for considering any upgrade at all.

     

    But my handful of $APPL shares paid for this new toy ten times over since Wednesday, so I love people like me, too. Let the good times roll!

     

    Pre-orders this morning are being quoted for October 5 delivery with no in-store pickup option available.
    14 Sep 2012, 10:29 AM Reply Like
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