Although many of us may have an iPhone 6 at the top of our holiday wish lists, Santa might not be able to deliver. According to a uSamp survey of 1,004 adults, 42 percent of them believe that seeking out an iPhone 6 around the holidays is a total waste of time. And 71 percent of the survey respondents believe that stores will completely run out of the smartphone.
But is any of this animosity warranted? Yes. Daily Finance reported that during the initial months of the iPhone 6 Plus release, the new, larger smartphone was pretty hard to find. Currently, placing an order via the Apple website results in a shipping delay. Shortages have been blamed on production errors to Apple not being prepared to meet such a large demand.
iPhone 6 Features
It’s no surprise that Apple’s newest smartphone is a hot-ticket holiday item. The newest additions to the Apple family boast 1080p HD recording capabilities, cinematic video stabilization, improved face detection, time-lapse video, and a new 8-mega pixel iSight camera – and that’s just the camera and video features. The smartphone also offers Apple Pay, Touch ID, FaceTime video and audio, M8 motion coprocessors, retina displays, and of course, Siri. The innovators at Apple even created a screen that’s fingerprint resistant for the iPhone 6 models. Can Santa’s elves do that?
Apple reported record-breaking quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion for the 13-week fiscal quarter that ended Dec. 29, 2012. During that time, the average weekly revenue was $4.2 billion, a significant increase from the previous year’s $3.3 billion. At the time, CEO Tim Cook said the company was “thrilled” with the record revenue and sales that topped 75 million devices in a single quarter. Cook promised that Apple would “continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.”
Apple developers continued to do just that with the September release of iOS 8, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus. And Tim Cook also announced a new addition to the Apple family, the Apple Watch, which is set to release in early 2015.
It’s estimated that Apple will sell 60 million iPhones throughout this year’s December quarter, according to International Business Times. Analysts predict annual growth of 22 percent in the December quarter as well. Six Colors reports Apple’s own holiday quarter prediction for this year is slated for revenues reaching upward of $66.5 billion.
Protect the Phone
If you’re lucky enough to get your mittens on a new iPhone 6 this holiday, be sure to have a protection plan in place. Whether you spill eggnog on your new device or drop it down a snowbank, getting complete coverage on your iPhone 6 is a must. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to go with coverage directly from Apple or your service provider, either – companies like Protect Your Bubble offer iPhone 6 protection plans for $5.99 a month. Plus, you can choose to bundle all of your electronics, so your iMac, iPad, Apple TV, iPod, and iPhone 6 can all be protected, from drops and damage to mechanical breakdowns.