Well, there goes the neighborhood because if startling headlines
are to be believed, we're about to get a whole bunch more new
Apple's upcoming iPhone SE 5G could help attract
billion-plus Android users- J.P.Morgan
A BILLION?! That's a lot of users! But hold on to your hats
because that plus isn't just, like, five more dudes with money or
cheaply made Android phones burning holes in the pockets of their
The upcoming smartphone has the potential to lure nearly 1.4
billion low- to mid-end Android phone…
That's like 40 percent more than were in the headline! Very
close to that! Like somewhere in the vicinity of, oh, the horny one
is going to guess around 400 million users. The Macalope is not
good at math! Regardless, this sounds absolutely gigantic.
But is Apple going to lure nearly 1.4 billion new users? Of
course not. All they've done is tell us the size of the market.
That's how many people own low- to mid-end Android phones. Are 1.4
billion people going to switch to the iPhone SE simply because it
gets 5G? Of course not. Maybe a fraction will. Ted, for
example, is never going to switch. He still has several pockets of
his cargo shorts he hasn't burned through and several more pairs of
cargo shorts. It could be years before Ted considers switching.
5G in and of itself is just another factor in a sea of factors.
All providers are not the same but here in the U.S. the major ones
require you to upgrade your plan to get the full benefits of 5G, so
getting a cheap phone for 5G has an additional cost. And some
people just don't care about 5G.
Despite all the talk of a BILLION Android users, by how much
does J.P.Morgan expect Apple to increase shipments next year?
The brokerage raised its estimates for fiscal 2022 iPhone SE
unit sales to 30 million units and annual iPhone shipments
expectations to 250 million units, 10 million higher than a year
Well, that's a letdown. Apple disappoints again.
Of course, there are other reasons to switch to the iPhone than
5G on a cheap but solid device.
iPhone 13 Depreciates Half as Much as Flagship
Holding value has been one of the more underrated features of
Apple products since–let the Macalope just pretend to put on some
reading glasses and check his notes here–uh, 1977. Apple products
cost too much! say people who never take into account the resale
value or usable life of the device.
What is this ‘time value of money' nonsense?! Get outta here
It's a little awkward for Google that the Pixel 6 line, the
aforementioned flagship Android rival, isn't holding up better. But
the Pixel's real competition is less the iPhone than it is other
Android phones, against which it probably does quite well.
5G was hyped as a huge game-changing innovation in mobile
honk-honk [seltzer bottle spray] [slide whistle] technology and
Apple was derided for being late to the game. This being the game
you couldn't play anywhere except three or four major markets. But
the company managed to do just fine until it shipped 5G phones.
And now that it's expected to be bringing 5G to its most
affordable phone… well, that's good and it'll certainly help the
company sell more phones. But the Macalope never expected it to be
a gigantic change in volume, even before he read billion in a