Despite the iPhone 6 problems, Apple sells 10 million due to fanaticism, not revolution. No smartphone experience is as wonderful as the fanatics who advance it.

We’ve been hearing about the problems with iOS 8, but it seems that even the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus aren’t without their problems. Not only is iOS 8 proving to be a pain for battery life and Wi-Fi, but iPhone 6 Plus models are bending after being in pants pockets for some extended period of time.

One iPhone 6 Plus customer was headed to a wedding and, after a four-hour drive, noted that his iPhone 6 was bent. The other sat around with his iPhone 6 Plus in his pants pocket for 18 hours and noticed the same thing with his iPhone 6 Plus when he took it out and sat it on a table. There’s been no word on the regular, 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and whether or not it’s proving to be a bending pain for users.

All of this adds up to a host of problems for Apple, and it seems as if Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and battery life problems are major issues for Apple each year when a new update to iOS is released. The new iPhone 6 Plus will present Apple with new challenges to what has been otherwise a rather smooth ride for Cupertino.

With all of this said, the question put forth is the following: “How can Apple sell 10 million iPhone 6 models in its opening weekend?” This 10-million mark beat the 9 million iPhone 5s models Apple sold last year, and is the highest-selling weekend of all time for the company (and nearly every smartphone manufacturer in the known world).

What is it that makes the iPhone experience attractive despite its myriad of problems?

In short, we believe the answer lies in one word: fanaticism.

What else explains the long lines of iPhone users who lineup each year to get their hands on Apple’s latest and greatest? What explains the groups of customers who lineup days in advance, sometimes a week in advance, to be the first to grip the new iPhone(s)?

While some iPhone fanatics would say, “it’s all about the experience,” there’s no smartphone experience that good that would make people stand in line days in advance for a smartphone that’s just as good as the smartphone in hand.

How many smartphones do you know that can walk on water, brush your teeth in the morning, cook your breakfast, drive you to work, balance your checkbook each week, clean your home or apartment, and book your vacation time while you snooze? That would present some amazement over the iPhone. And yet, the iPhone doesn’t do these things.

What explains the love of the iPhone? Fanaticism. Have you seen iPhone videos that Apple shows each year, with people raising their hands in the air as though they’re giving “an act of worship” to Apple and the iPhone experience? Apple’s videos always show users who come out with the iPhone raised as though they’ve found the secret to immortality, or a magic potion that will give them eternal longevity.

And yet, the iPhone can do none of these things. And yet, people still stand in line for a basic smartphone that can’t do any of the things that would prove to be truly revolutionary.

See Also: Apple iPhone 6 sales reached 10 million, Samsung must be jealous.

Is it any wonder why Jimmy Kimmel gets a good few million laughs out of iPhone users with his iPhone videos that make iPhone users seem uneducated? Is it any wonder why Android users believe that iOS users just give away their money without the slightest thought to whether or not Apple’s experience is sufficient?

Some just want to have an iPhone to match their iPad or MacBook, others want a smartphone that’ll make their friends drool, but most users? They just want something that they’re used to. They’ll follow Apple wherever the company goes, even if Apple takes them to the edge of the Grand Canyon and makes them jump off the edge.

And for some, Apple’s “thinner, lighter, and faster” mantra is, the new “gospel” that they gladly proclaim to their family and friends. Even if the $100 or $200 Android phone offers the same experience (and better, to be sure), they’ll still visit their local retail store and buy the next-generation iPhone. Does it make sense to spend $500 more for a smartphone with less functionality than one that costs $500 less but provides more for your money?

See Also: Apple iPhone 6 becomes hot commodity on Black Market in China.

And when it comes to the new iOS experience, how much of it is original and innovative that hasn’t been used in the Android experience? And this is from a company that aims to sue Samsung every chance it gets. Hypocritical is the word.

In short, Apple’s experience and iPhone aren’t revolutionary – but iPhone users’ fanaticism sure is.

18 COMMENTS

  1. This article is no surprise coming from a Samsung fan girl. She also doesn’t know that smart phone owners have been surveyed and it turns out iPhone owners were more likely to drink wine over beer, more likely to travel first class, and more likely to have higher IQ scores. So this “iPhone users are dumb” is a tired argument. I’m a Nexus user btw I enjoy both iOS and pure Android.

    • Actually, I think you commented here because you’re upset at the fact that the writer clearly knows about iOS and still prefers Android. She makes valid points about Apple and iOS — and it ticks you off because you want to believe that Apple is good, ethical, and wouldn’t cheat its customers…and yet the company continues to do so.

      You also can’t trust the surveys, either; it turns out that Apple users also wanted a better battery, expandable storage, and other things — and yet, Apple still sold 10 million. So what if iPhone users are found to be smarter? Maybe they make better decisions but lose their heads when it comes to buying a smartphone. The smartest individuals can make terrible decisions at times.

      How do you know the writer is a Samsung fangirl? She could also have a love for Sony, HTC, LG, or other manufacturers. You seem to have some assumptions of your own that have yet to be proven to the readers of this article. What she does (and thanks to the author for this) is that she encapsulates what so many Android users have wanted to publish on tech blogs like this for so long. She’s had the courage to stand up and let the truth be known. And we should all congratulate her for that.

      Maybe when iOS users start to consider if she’s right (and other Android users are right, for that matter) will Apple start to wake up and pay attention. Bigger screens are only the beginning; five years from now, Android will be proven right in other areas, too.

      • Click on her name, she’s introduced as a Samsung fan girl in her description. “You seem to have some assumptions of your own that have yet to be proven to the readers.”

        Apple could have released larger iPhones since 2008 but one handed usability was top priority. That’s not possible in iOS without Touch ID. NFC also existed in Android years ago but making good financial use of it as a substitute for a credit card would not be practical or secure without a finger print scanner. Apple waits for the right to release things while Android rushes to bring in complete technology to the market. It’s not until Apple shows them the way do they start benefiting from ideas they initially released first.

    • You can survey all the people in the world and they’d probable prefer to eat meat than vegetables but the fact is that vegetables are healthier and better for them. You can’t judge a phone’s quality based on preferences, get it?

      Iphone users are more classy? Have higher IQ?(LOL) Would people like that actually queue in advance for the phones and behaving like a child waiting to unwrap their x’mas present for the first time? The real classy and smart people are the high ranks of apple, having mindless followers kneeling and bowing before them while paying for their overpriced and subpar products.

  2. what a biased article – starting off with the words “despite the problems…” — geez at least TRY To maintain some sense of impartiality

  3. please dont get ” BENT” out of shape by my comment..!!!! i wasnt’ the one who bought the new ” CURVED” iphone from CRAPPLE..!!!

  4. Iphone: low end phone at a high end price. This article also focuses on the principle of conspicuous consumption which is critical for Apple’s success, rather than innovation and comparative advantage.

  5. I currently use the Ipad Air and an HTC one M8 smartphone (used to have an iphone 4s before that). The HTC is a fantastic phone by itself, but i have to say that the ios integration and UI experience is smoother, ios devices work better together.

  6. Problems? As you mentioned each iOS version has wifi or battery issues, this is nothing new. These are software issues affecting all iPhone on iOS 8, not just iPhone 6. Bending, maybe, but this was really being reported on after the weekend, yesterday, I saw the first article. Simply iPhone 6 crossed the 10 million mark because it’s a good phone and no one gave a second thought to these so-called problems.. This release is much better than attenna-gate.

    • Chris, is it a good phone or is it popular because it’s got “Apple” on it?

      I think that the numbers are deceptive. So what? cigarette companies sell millions of cigarettes each year, and drug dealers make thousands each year selling drugs. Are we going to argue that these things are great because they sell millions and those involved make millions of dollars?

      iPhone fans can’t understand that numbers mean very little when it comes to whether or not a smartphone is quality. Sure, there are times when numbers confirm how exceptional a smartphone may be — but the iPhone’s problem is that for the last several years, millions have bought it. in fact, so many millions buy the iPhone each year that you can’t really trust the numbers anymore. Even as the iPhone sells millions, other smartphones provide better offerings.

      Don’t let the numbers fool you: Apple will always sell millions because a large majority of Americans think Apple, Inc. is the epitome of what it means to be an American. The problem is that, buying an iPhone when something else is better does nothing to push Apple to be better.

    • “Problems? As you mentioned each iOS version has wifi or battery issues, this is nothing new.”

      Do you actually mean to say that old and persisting problem is not a problem? In fact it is actually worst so when they fail to fix it after many generations.

      “Simply iPhone 6 crossed the 10 million mark because it’s a good phone
      and no one gave a second thought to these so-called problems..”

      I think you just proved the article right, fanaticism at its finest. How can you even decide a phone is good and then write off their problems based on nothing?? A good review or critic is to assess and analyse the problems and then decide if the phone is good or bad.

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