[Editorial] Will The Death of Steve Jobs Boost iPhone 4S Sales?

| October 6, 2011 | Reply


I’ll begin by saying that I think the iPhone 4S was going to sell rather well regardless of the latest news of the passing of Steve Jobs. I think that past precedent shows that Apple is great at producing devices that people want to purchase, regardless of whether it’s just an incremental improvement (iPhone 3G –> iPhone 3GS) or a total redesign (iPhone 3GS –> iPhone 4). Despite widespread disappointment that Apple recently announced the 4S instead of a totally redesigned iPhone 5, people were going to buy it – especially with the addition of Sprint into the fold. But will this latest development actually boost the sales of their latest device? I think so…

It is my feeling that people will flock to grab the last iPhone produced during the Steve Jobs era. Even if it’s not what they were hoping for, it will now be somewhat of a collector’s item – a memento of the final work of arguably the most influential and important tech-industry icon of our time.
Now, what I am stating here isn’t something that can really easily be proven once it’s all said and done. There’s no way for us to observe the sales on the iPhone 4S while Jobs is still with us and compare with sales from after his death, so all of this is academic.

The best we could do is take any industry sales forecasts that might have been released from the time of the iPhone 4S unveiling up until Steve’s passing and compare those to new forecasts and/or actual sales, but of course that is far from exact science.

In any case, I think it is still an interesting notion to ponder… What are your thoughts? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

 

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