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iPhone 5C launch: no change in sales forecast

International Data Corporation increases sales prediction in the Middle East and Africa by 3-5%

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A staff member sets up the new iPhone 5Ss for a display picture at Apple Inc's announcement event in Beijing, September 11, 2013.
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Dubai: Out of the 1.1 billion smartphones expected to be sold this year worldwide, Apple is expected to sell 158.9 million iPhones for 2013 without a big chance in forecast despite launching two new devices on Tuesday.

Research firm IHS has chosen not to upgrade its forecast of overall Apple iPhone shipments in the second half. IHS is maintaining its prediction of 86.1 million iPhone shipments in the second half, up 25 per cent from 68.7 million in the first half and a 15 per cent increase from 61.1 million in the first half of 2012.

Bot the phones support wide 4G LTE frequencies and phones bought in the US will work in UAE also, not like the older model – iPhone 5. Apple used to make different LTE models for different countries. Europe uses 1800Mhz LTE band while US uses between 700MHz and 2,100MHz frequencies.

In the UAE, Etisalat uses 2600Mhz and 1800MHZ frequencies while du uses 1800MHz band.

“We have increased our forecast for the Middle East and Africa region because of 5C, but not much as the product is expected to be available only by end of the year. We are increasing our forecast for Apple by 3-5 per cent only for next year,” Hamza Saleem, senior research analyst at International Data Corporation (IDC), a research firm, told Gulf News

According to Gartner’s second-quarter statistics, Android had a market share of 79 per cent compared to 64.2 per cent during the same period last year while Apple had a market share of 14.2 per cent in the second quarter compared to 18.8 per cent in the second quarter of last year.

“Apple is facing stiff competition from other smartphone vendors like Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC. These vendors have launched strong smartphones this year. So the new devices and the improvements in the iOS7 are critical for Apple,” said Francis Sideco, director for consumer electronics and communications technologies at research firm IHS.


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