"What went wrong?"
Nothing. We can now officially claim that we sold-out.
Santa may have an empty sack this Christmas, crushing the dreams of fanbois (and fanfilles). Apple admitted yesterday it was unable to meet the demand for its iPhone 7. Six weeks after the launch, Apple’s own online store is still showing long delays for several configurations of the iPhone 7. These will continue into December …
I actually prefer the new button on the iPhone 7 than the 6. Touch ID works a lot better as well (more reliable and faster, pretty much instant)
The headphone jack issue is not an issue, just stick the dongle on the headphones. Adds practically no weight. Big hoo ha about nothing that one.Charging at same time as listening can be an issue but battery life is so good only need to charge overnight anyway.
“Can’t meet demand” is an ambiguous term. It may mean that demand is genuinely greater than expected. Or it may indicate supply issues
I think you may have nailed it. Whereas Apple has historically pursued a strategy of a limited a bouquet of products – driven by aspiration and tailored to price – the recent move into fashion accessories has encouraged the tyranny of choice. This contains the risks of lower margins due to more complicated inventory management and the attendant supply chain problems. They've historically been amazing at anticipating customer demand. Now if they ramp up production too much they risk sitting on too much inventory at the start of 2017.
But does your average punter know that? Probably not.
Does the average punter even know about the Pixel? Your guess is as good as mine.
Go into CPW  and what do you see? Almost wall to wall Samsung.
So what make of phone will the average punter leave with? Samsung.
 despite me telling the CPW droid several times that there is no EE 3G let alone 4G available at my home he still tried to flog me a Galaxy 7 on EE on a 2 year contract. no sale.
Doesn't increase demand, just increases the price. Apple haven't (at least, not yet) attempted to raise the price as a result of the short supply.
As such, it makes no economic sense to reduce supply if it won't (a) increase ultimate demand and income; or (b) allow an increase in unit price. Apple would, just IMHO, rather flog you one now if they have one, so you don't decide to buy something else.
So no doubt tongue in cheek, but seriously, probably a component shortage of some sort.
Samsung isn't the only Android game in town.
Even if it was, it wouldn't be relevant anyway. Much like the fact that (and I apologise in advance for referencing politics) you can make fun of Donald Trump without being a supporter of Hillary Clinton, you don't have to be a Samsung fanboy to extract amusement from Apple's blunders.
Many of us, I'm sure, find Samsung's blunders equally amusing.
And were you tracking what "all the people that went on and on about bumpergate" said before and since?
"Depends. If you can make 10 a day but could sell 100 then you're not making the profit you need to develop the next one before the current one is old-hat (and sales fall)."
Correct. Just once in my life, a long time ago, have I been in the position of having a one year lead over the competition and being supply limited, depending on a manufacturing system we had co-developed with a German company and running 140 hours a week.
The local MD dithered and the big boss from the US came over. He looked at the numbers. "half a million bucks? Give me the capex, I'll sign it now, get over to Germany and give them a poke."
When a genuine opportunity knocks, only a fool does not open the door.
I have no doubt that the Samsung problems have increased the demand for iPhones, but all this amounts to is "don't wait until December to buy your Christmas presents".
The iPhone 7 has only been out for a couple of months - I'm sure there'll be loads in stock come January...
"..crushing the dreams of fanbois (and fanfilles). "
If it's yer French we're considering 'ere, then either it should be fangarcons and fanfilles, or given that bois means wood (as in small collection of trees) in French, then presumably the female version would be fanfleurs or fanbuissons depending on which inappropriate female stereotype loosely transliterated into French you want to go with.
I don't really the buy the "iPhone 7 plus is an alternative to the Note 7" since it implies the customer was not really invested in Android, but to the extent that Samsung defectors look at Apple, that would contribute towards the shortage of iPhone 7 pluses. Maybe they would only have a 1-2 week delay instead of 3-4 weeks if Note 7s had not been blowing up, who knows?
There really are random shortages, thanks to Hanjin's bankruptcy. It's bad enough that the port holding your cargo expects you to pay a huge surcharge to release it, but how about the containers 6 layers down? If you were the fourth stop of a ship being held at the first PoC, how can you even find out where you have to call? And you may not even know that it is on a Hanjin transport ship if you didn't book directly with them. Maybe it's still on the dock somewhere, waiting for the Mary Celeste. Gonna' be fun in January, trying to convince the manufacturer that you can't pay the bill for something you couldn't sell!
What if, with all the fancy colours and different storage options, they just haven't been able to predict well enough which combinations are going to sell, well, and as a result have a load of 128gb pink ones no one wants, but not enough of the, errr, 32gb white ones that everyone is trying to get hold of .
Back when all the iPhones were black and only came in a couple of storage options, it was easy, but with each iteration there have become more 'options' especially with the '+' models as well. (28 different models)
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