The news about the iPhone 5s isn't surprising. It's predecessor, the iPhone 5 was either in first position (at AT&T) or second position (at Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) at the four major wireless carriers since at least June.
What's surprising is the performance of iPhone 5c.
The accepted online wisdom is that Android market growth in general, and Samsung market growth, in particular, is exploding exponentially. This perception seems especially true as Android saturates the market's lower end.
Many clamor for Apple to produce a “cheap” iPhone to check the Android assault—or the iPhone will be relegated to the dustbin of tech history. When the iPhone 5c was released a few weeks ago, there was a collective sigh by some that the iPhone 5c wasn't low-cost enough.
Well, it looks like Apple's strategy has proved the nay-Sayers wrong—at least, in the American market so far. According to data from Canaccord Genuity Group, Inc., an international investment bank, the iPhone 5c is the second best selling smartphone at AT&T and Sprint in September—and the third best selling smartphone at Verizon and T-Mobile, during the same period. Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 is in second or third place at each carrier for September.
What about all those iPhone 5c price-cuts? Don't they signal lackluster sales? Well, maybe not. Maybe these price-cuts to bargain-basement prices (just $45.00 at Walmart or Radio Shack, for example) are Apple's premeditated strategy for giving the world what the nay-Sayers want: an inexpensive iPhone (but done Apple's way: wrapped in quality).