‘Bendgate’ FUD didn’t stop Apple’s iPhone 6/Plus from selling like crazy

“A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), a Chicago-based market research firm, says that 13 percent of all iPhones sold in the U.S. in the quarter that ended last month were iPhone 6 Pluses,” Timothy Stenovec reports for The Huffington Post.

“The percentage of iPhone 6 Pluses sold is especially high given that the phone, along with its smaller sibling, the iPhone 6, was on sale for fewer than two weeks of the quarter, which ran from late June through late September. The phones went on sale in the U.S. on Sept. 19,” Stenovec reports. “‘The phone bending, I think, was a non-issue,’ Mike Levin, a partner at CIRP, told The Huffington Post in an interview. ‘Bending iPhones was a nuisance and a distraction that detracted from what was otherwise a very successful product introduction. And the data shows it.'”

“Levin added that the numbers for the 6 Plus are even more impressive given that Apple faced supply constraints. The phone was backordered hours after it became available for preorder, and it was sold out in some Apple stores the weekend of the launch,” Stenovec reports. “The iPhone 6, which has a 4.7-inch screen, fared even better than the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, comprising 33 percent of all iPhones sold in the most recent quarter.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Bending was particularly weak FUD from desperate, frightened rivals.

Also, there is no way to determine which is more popular, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, until adequate supplies of both models are available worldwide.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


    1. FUD is an ancient form of coercion. It came to the fore in the 20th century as a branch of propaganda. It remains THE default form of propaganda today because it is dirt easy to invent and apply to anything. It’s the idiot’s marketing strategy. Witness current political advertising as well as political ‘talk’ radio/TV programs.

      Here’s a fun article I found specific to technology FUD:

      WHAT IS FUD?

  1. It’s scary to think what Apple’s share price would be if the company wasn’t selling almost unimaginable numbers of iPhone 6s. Probably down around $85 or $90. It appears Apple will have to step up sales much further to break $101. With Apple, it’s like trying to make an anvil float on water.

    From Bendgate, to Irish tax dodging or ruining Finland’s economy, the media negativity about Apple never ceases. There aren’t too many companies which stir so much ire from so many people and yet no product defect ever killed anyone. No massive product recalls, no toxic spills, no massive firings and yet the hate continues unabated. The company merely sells tech products. It’s quite unbelievable.

    1. Not sure the Finland story goes with the rest, that’s just short-sighted bad business decisions on their part. I won’t mourn more trees being cut down in Finland because of the iPad in any event.

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