What’s so special about the 3GS?
Here is most of the data but the scales don’t exactly match and 3rd Qtr 09 for Iphone is missing. The Iphone rate of initial growth is impressive and ahead of the Ipod.
Fiscal Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
2002 125,000 57,000 54,000 140,000 376,000
2003 219,000 78,000 304,000 336,000 937,000
2004 733,000 807,000 860,000 2,016,000 4,416,000
2005 4,580,000 5,311,000 6,155,000 6,451,000 22,497,000
2006 14,043,000 8,526,000 8,111,000 8,729,000 39,409,000
2007 21,066,000 10,549,000 9,815,000 10,200,000 51,630,000
2008 22,121,000 10,644,000 11,011,000 11,052,000 54,828,000
2009 22,727,000 11,013,000 10,215,000 43,955,000
Fiscal Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 218,048,000
These are amazing charts. Thanx for posting them.
A couple of things stand out for me. Between 2005 and and of 2008 iPods exploded due to four factors. Improved capacity, larger distribution, decreased prices, a growing economy. The increase in Apple Store also helped.
So if we were to fast forward and allow the iPhone to be impacted by the same factors, I see 2010 to 2013 as the explosive growth of the iPhone.
My recent decision to buy 2 of them and move from Sprint went like this…
1. The iPhone is more than adequate now, with the 3GS and iPhone OS 3. The camera is stunning or outdoor photos now.
2. I’ve been dependent on my iPod Touch for almost a year. It’s only the second handheld I’ve had going back through a bunch of PalmOS devices that I had to take everywhere with me. The first was a Qualcomm phone—the first Palm phone way back in 98 or 99.
3. A new AT&T family plan with 2 iPhones was comparable in monthly price to the Sprint family plan I had—AT&T had double the minutes and unlimited messaging.
4. The iPod features generally work with all the accessories I currently have (a few iPod speakers, Alpine car stereo, etc.). Some don’t power the iPhone when plugged in, some claim to possibly interfere with phone, etc.
5. Reduces number of devices I bring to gym or walking.
So the timing was finally right, and the negatives of AT&T and the paternalistic App Store were trumped by the positives of the device.
I don’t have an iPhone, yet. I was definitely of the ‘one device for one purpose’ philosophy. I have an iPod, I have a digital camera. My existing phone is..a phone. No camera, no voicemail, no web, nothing. My only exposure to living with a smart phone was when work gave me a several year old Blackberry POS that I really hate. I looked at earlier iPhones and, meh. They were nice but they didn’t do it for me.
Recently, I have been looking at the 3GS and I’m impressed. It’s fast, the screen is larger and SHARPER than my BB. I love the gestures functions like zooming the screen. the features I’ve been reading about seem like they will be pretty handy. I think I will be getting one this fall. Though the 3G or 3GS question is not that hard for me. We’re starting to see apps that require GS to run. There’s no point in skimping on the unit when within a couple of years I’ll need GS to run the apps I want.
The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
There’s no point in skimping on the unit when within a couple of years I’ll need GS to run the apps I want.
That’s point. A two-year contract is a long time at a time when technology changes so quickly. I enjoy my 3GS very much and I think it’s worth the additional $100.