Originally Posted by TBell IPhone 5 least exciting ever? By what measure? Surely not sales. Further, it trounces on the 4s in every measure.
Is the 5 selling a lot? Sure, every phone is. Is it considered as big a success as the 4S? Apparently not.
The iPhone 5 was seen as a relative sales failure the first weekend, when it only sold a million more than the 4S had the year before in fewer countries. Analysts had expected up to twice as many sales for the 5.
The iPhone 5 also only seems to account for 50-60% of iPhone sales, while the 4S especially continues to sell strongly even in the US.
Now, there are good reasons for this. The 4S came out after an extra long dry period, so demand was high. It had Siri. OTOH, the iPhone 5 came rather quickly in comparison, so fewer could upgrade. The iPhone 5 mostly has LTE on its side, and that doesn't count in many areas. And its screen size increase, which was pretty wimpy overall, was ignored by most developers. (Which is why Apple is now forcing it.)
Opening weekend sales less than expected. (Horace Dediu even made a chart about it.)
iPhone 5 sales will ultimately disappoint. - BGR
Three reasons why the iPhone 5 was a "dud"