Why record iPhone sales might be rotten for Apple or something

“This morning Apple announced a record-breaking weekend for sales of its new iPhone 5S and 5C. In the first 72 hours more than 9 million phones were sold in 11 countries around the world,” Sandy Cannold writes for ABC News. ““’This is our best iPhone launch yet,’ Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. ‘Demand for the new iPhones has been incredible.’ The pictures of the frenzy plastered all over TV, the web and beyond since Friday back up what Cook is saying.”

“To me though, all this over-the-top fanfare and even the record-breaking first weekend of sales could actually be cause for concern,” Cannold writes. “The reason I am voicing a bit of doubt is that it seems like Apple is now trying to squeeze every last bit of profit it can out of an aging, shall we call it, iStone.”

“To me and millions like me it seems a lot more evolutionary. It looks a whole lot like the last iPhone and the one before that and the one before that too,” Cannold writes. “And you know what else looks the same, the way Apple staged the release of the 5S and the 5C. Just like every launch since the first iPhone hit the market we watched people wait in line, sleep outside the store and ham it up for the cameras once they got their hands on their shiny new device. Hasn’t Apple seen how the competition makes fun of these events in commercials?”

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t blame Apple because you don’t know WTF you’re looking at, dummy. Yes, huge queues of people camping out all over the world are quite the concern – for iPhone knockoff peddlers, that is.

Cannold writes, “This is no longer the Apple of Steve Jobs. The Apple that seemingly every couple of years rocked the consumer electronics world with a product so innovative that it changed industries forever.”

MacDailyNews Take: Let’s be a bit more precise:

iPhone was released 5 years, 7 months, and 19 days after iPod.

iPad was released 2 years, 9 months, and 5 days after iPhone.

Tim Cook has been Apple CEO for 2 years and 30 days.

Cannold writes, “So for me it boils down to a two simple questions: Does Apple become a boring profit machine like Microsoft, churning out upgrades and improvements to its existing line of hits? Or do they find a way to create another ‘must have’ new product, new category, new something that we never thought we needed and we can’t live without? The ball is now squarely in Tim Cook’s court.”

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, look: Mr. Myopic managed to peck out two hackneyed questions and now he thinks he’s served Tim Cook. Sandy, you’re not even on the same planet, much less on the same court, as Tim Cook. Forget the ball, you’re not qualified to serve Tim Cook fries.

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MacDailyNews Take: With superficial vapidity such as Cannold’s piece above, it’s hardly surprising that fewer than one in four Americans have confidence in television news.

Here’s some advice, Sandy: When you don’t know jack shit about what you’re writing about, don’t write it.

Anne, why don’t ring up Ben on your Apple iPhone and ask him if Sandy is really the best he can do?

Related articles:
Obviously, mighty Apple hasn’t lost it’s mojo – September 23, 2013
Apple proves critics wrong with blowout iPhone sales of the new iPhone 5S and 5C – September 23, 2013
Apple destroys smartphone sales record: First weekend iPhone sales top nine million units – September 23, 2013


  1. This type of piece is exactly the kind of clichéd, hackneyed journalism that causes my mind to scream BORING! Look in the mirror, Sandy, and stop calling Apple boring when they blew past everyone’s expectation by nearly 2X.

    1. The fact of the matter is, the mobile revolution has everything in place now, as far as form factors go. Tablets, smartphones, touch input. Ultra lightweight laptops. So everybody keeps waiting for new amazing innovative inventions, but device form factor is pretty much done. Maybe TVs that interact with our mobile devices. Maybe some computer on the wrist that interacts with other things, but those are not really the giant revolution that the mobile device revolution brought about.
      Now the innovations will continue mostly in refining what has already been offered as what we need to be mobile and connected. At least until we start putting chips into our head or eye or whatever.

  2. “To me and millions like me it seems a lot more evolutionary. It looks a whole lot like the last iPhone and the one before that and the one before that too”

    Wonder if those millions include the 9 million who purchased them this past weekend…

    1. “To me and millions like me it seems a lot more evolutionary. It looks a whole lot like the last iPhone and the one before that and the one before that too”

      Couldn’t we say the same about every Android competitor’s current offerings? Where’s the innovation? Where’s the new product category, Samsung, Google? Anybody? What? Waiting for Apple to invent it, right?

      1. Okay,
        To me and millions like, me Samsung’s copy seems a lot more evolutionary. It looks a whole lot like the last Samsung copy and the one before that and the one before that too”

  3. So tell me Sandy isn’t the SG4 just a clone of the SG3 with small spec bump and added gimmicky software no one uses? One more clueless clown that doesn’t understand Apple nor technology.

    1. Exactly. What company on this Earth radically changes their products every couple of years. Not that many companies stick their necks out and throw away still viable products for something completely new. It’s foolish and very risky for shareholders if they miss which is very likely.

      The B-52 is still flying from World War II and it’s still America’s finest long-range bomber. The classic Boeing 747 has gone through dozens of incremental changes. How long was the Space Shuttle flying with only minor changes? That analyst prick needs to look around at the rest of the world and see how things in most industries are done. Usually in little steps. Minor changes. Man will not go from the moon to interstellar space in a single lifespan.

      Most high-end smartphones are more than enough for consumers as they are. Why should Apple need to come out with some smartphone you can fold up into the shape of a pencil? Other than that, I don’t know what this jackass is asking for from an iPhone. I’d like to iStone that MF.

  4. What a dick. Is Apple holding a gun to consumers heads to come out and buy the iPhone. Shouldn’t they be the ones to decide if Apple’s iPhone is just an aging iStone. Who the hell is this guy Cannold to speak for all the consumers out there. Does he know how long the Porsche 911 basically remained the same classic shape for years. All the work was done on the suspension, engine, interior, etc. Why change a good thing if people like those classic lines. Should Porsche have put fins and chrome grills on their cars just so it would look different. Hell, no! Porsche did not call it milking. It was called refining and this prick can look it up. So, the iPhone 5s and 5c are evolutionary. I have no doubts that they are, but so what. If consumers like them why does Apple need to come out with some brand new model just for some analysts sake.

  5. Not sure why MDN keeps giving space to these type of idiots?

    And it’s not because it’s regarding an Apple article – it’s because the writer is, again, an ignorant person.

    He’s ignorant on business, stocks, companies – clueless on Apple.

    But most people understand why these type of writers do an article like this – mention Apple, Steve Jobs, iPhone and sit back and let the hits come in to the site. And yet again another ignorant writer can claim – hey look how good, popular, insightful etc… to his boss.

    Don’t click through people. This writer, as most others failed at their lemonade stands as kids.

    1. Apparently one effect is to drive people over to hammer the author in the comments. I went to read the entire article and the comments are taking forever to load – I suspect “disqus” is getting quite a bit of traffic on the post.

  6. Well, Sandy, my boyo, either 9 million purchasers are wrong and you are right, or, more likely, 9 million purchasers are right and you don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground.

    My vote is with the 9 million, smart purchasers.

  7. This guy should try talking to the first iPhone or pressing the home button. Then he could try hooking the original iPhone up to a 4g LTE network in any one of a zillion countries .

    Nah, its about the same size and still has a touch screen – must be boring.

    So, when Timex and Seconda bite the dust in 2017 will he still be complaining about them being able to redefine another product ?

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