Apple iPhone is AT&T's top-selling handset - analyst
Kids and oldies love it
Love it or loathe it, there's no denying Apple's iPhone is popular. According to market watcher Strategy Analytics, the Apple handset has become AT&T's top-selling phone, accounting for 13 per cent of the carrier's device sales.
SA also claimed the iPhone was the fourth best-selling mobile phone in the US during Q3, having been bought by almost 1.1m Americans.
That figure - if correct; it's only preliminary data at this stage - takes the total iPhone userbase to 1.325m, the analyst reckons. On the basis of sales to date, Barry Gilbert, VP of Strategy Analytics' BuyerTRAX programmes, forecast the device could top the charts in the near future.
"The sales trajectory we are observing with the iPhone could make it the top selling device in the US over the next one or two quarters," he said.
The current top seller is Motorola's Razr V3, in case you were wondering, though its lead is narrowing as a greater, more diverse array of handsets come to market.
So who's buying the iPhone? SA's research points the finger at the 20-30 age range. But it also noted big demand - almost a quarter of iPhone sales - in the 50-60 age bracket, folk very likely attracted by the handset's large, responsive touch-controlled user interface.
The market is a fanboi
Anyone noticed Apple's market cap recently?
In the last 6 months it's doubled, taking it to more than 50% of Microsoft, 75% of Google and about equal to HP and IBM. It's more than Oracle, and more than twice Dell and SAP.
Why is this? Because people are buying its products, and the market sees Apple as a source of great technologies and innovation. Get a clue Apple haters.
I don't think liking Apple's products automatically makes you a fanboy. They are quite nice. I just started using Macs recently.
I just like it because it is quiet, stable and reliable and it works consistently and it is simple to do a lot of things. While I find the user interface wonky as all hell, it still offers me a terminal so I can do things in a fashion I'm accustomed to.
I'm not an Apple exclusive fanboy though. I use Windows plenty, I feel I have a pretty good handle on using Windows and prefer it's user interface, and I still use my IRIX system for all my "creative" stuff. I use many different computing systems so I feel I have plenty of exposure.
And with that context, I feel Apple's products are quite decent.
Im still waiting to buy mine based up the Paris "that's HOT!" factor she has not commented and I have not seen it on her yet.
</will use the paris pic, but gets coat>