if apple didn't have enough supply to meet demand, had issues with maps and a purple haze problem, then why would they rush the iphone 5 to market so late in the September quarter? This tells me that the sales numbers for the september quarter were very low and apple rushed the iphone 5 to market in a panic to help save the quarter.
It seems that Apple launch dates are never really secret as info was out for several months before the phone came out and it came out on time not rushed to market. I also disagree with your premise on the alleged haze problem - see my other post on Mashable's disgraceful comparison. Maps are not presently as good as Google's but never before did iphone have turn by turn with siri voice integration. Some map errors are going to happen with all of the data being compiled. Overall pretty great for their very first map application.
Not necessarily. I think that 4s sales became more robust once it lowered price due to the introduction of the 5. Also, I think that AAPL (and Im not saying I agree with this) has no issue being tight on supply because they like to add to the euphoria. I personally don't like this because in my mind, you don't flirt with demand especially in light of increased competition.
Those are good points. I think they wanted to have more consistent earnings. In a way I wish they had waited and I could have bought on the disappointment. I agree with sclholdings that 4and4s will get earnings to $10. Which will beat
It tells me that sales may have trailed down because of the news about the 5, but also, with the announcement of the 5, the price points on both the 4 and 4s were reduced which also brought in more sales. However, I really don't think AAPL is that concerned about trying to push quarterlies although I certainly appreciate the effort.