Are older iphone sales such a bad thing?

Consumers’ shift to older iPhones raises concerns on Wall Street – latimes.com:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-apple-iphone-20130426,0,7968879.story


There’s two things that analysts may need to understand.


Thing one is – most people are on a two year contract, so you don’t jump phones just because.


Thing two is – many of the iphone 4 buyers are “second wave” buyers.  In my personal experience they are the fathers and other folks you finally convinced to buy a smart phone, get off of a flip phone (or no phone) and get a phone.  So the fact that they are buying *any* Apple phone means that Apple is getting more consumers into the Apple ecosystem.  Which quite frankly is still the most robust and easy to use app system.

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