iPhone 5 Falls Short on First-Weekend Sales

Apple's  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPhone 5 first-week sales figures fell short of the expected 8 million units, coming in closer to 5 million, well below analyst expectations for the much-anticipated device. But why? Does this mean Apple's game is over?

It's natural to wonder if this means that Apple no longer has what it takes, or that the iPhone 5 was an overhyped product. In today's video, Fool.com analyst Andrew Tonner dispels these myths, pointing to issues of supply -- not demand -- as the primary reason behind lower-than-expected sales. Nonetheless, it's undeniable that maintaining its torrid pace will only get more difficult for Apple down the line. If you're looking for a recommendation on how to play Apple, along with continuing updates and guidance on the company whenever news breaks, we've created a brand-new report that details when to buy and sell. Click here now to get started.

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  • Report this Comment On September 29, 2012, at 8:58 PM, lex1020 wrote:

    How can it fall short. I cant find one store that has the Iphone5 in stock. Its not the sales their lacking. It's the phone...

  • Report this Comment On September 29, 2012, at 10:52 PM, demodave wrote:

    That was five mlion in three DAYS, not in the full week, and diveries do not count as sales until signed for. I am sure that sales through Thursday widely exceeded just five million. I am sure that Apple will report *in detail* when it reports September results.

    It is also foolish (not Foolish) o claim that Apple can't maintain its pace in such unclear language. Do you mean rate of growth or rate of execution? Acceleration and velocity are two very different issues.

  • Report this Comment On September 29, 2012, at 10:57 PM, jwkinvest wrote:

    If they predict 8 million, why do the manufacturer 5 million?

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