Too late to get an iPhone now

Posted on January 14, 2013 9:00 am

It’s over, iPhone. Pack it up. Throw in the towel. You’re history.

Well, to hear teens talk, that’s the story, at least according to Forbes:

“Teens are telling us Apple is done,” says Tina Wells of the youth marketing agency Buzz Marketing Group. “Apple has done a great job of embracing Gen X and older [Millennials], but I don’t think they are connecting with Millennial kids. [They’re] all about Surface tablets/laptops and Galaxy.”

The problem seems to be that parents are getting the newer iPhones and iPads, while giving the kids the older models. So, kids want the Samsung Galaxy S III phone or the Microsoft Surface tablet. That doesn’t mean they’re getting one of those, just that’s what the kids want. On the other hand, Apple has cut orders for iPhone 5 parts.

If you never joined the iPhone brigade, it’s too late now, if you want to be seen as one of the cool kids.

Because I always make my several-hundred-dollar purchases based on what some 14-year-old thinks.

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13 Responses to “Too late to get an iPhone now”

  1. DamnCat says:

    Phones – who cares? I don’t even answer when people call me from across the room.

  2. can of spam says:

    Apple supposedly cut orders for iPhone 5 components — except for the screens, the most expensive part of all. Sounds like they were either overstocked on the other components or they’re shifting the load to other vendors. Virtually every tale of “slipping” iPhone sales has proven false over the years.

  3. Iowa Jim says:

    Because I always make my several-hundred-dollar purchases based on what some 14-year-old thinks.

    Just wait until Buttercup is fourteen, Frank.

  4. Iowa Jim says:

    My bad. I thought that it was Frank’s post, not Basil’s.

  5. Basil says:

    Like Frank would have a photo of a Microsoft Kin just lying around.

  6. Jimmy says:

    Is it too late to get a Zune?

  7. DamnCat says:

    @Jimmy – No, not too late – I have one I’ll sell you.

  8. Conservatarian says:

    I make sure that I stay at least a few “generations” behind technology for the sole purpose of embarrassing my kids.

  9. mikeszekely says:

    I can say, unironically, that I had an Android phone before they were cool.

    Oh crap, I think that makes me a hipster!

  10. DamnCat says:

    @mikeszekely – You said it unironically – so you’re good.

  11. seanmahair says:

    And we all know that teens loyalty lasts about as long as their attention span, half a nanosecond. Ask a teen what their favorite color is three days in a row and you’ll get 3 different answers. Yes we should all make decisions based on what teens with their wealth of experience and their maturity and their organizational abilities bring to the discussion. That is if we can get them to stop rolling their eyes, listening to their IPods and ignoring any adult over 20. These are the same people who made the Twilight series popular. Please.

  12. mikeszekely says:

    @DamnCat – Man, I wish you would have told me before I beat myself up.

  13. Conservatarian says:

    @seanmahair – I’m pretty sure that middle-aged moms were the driving force behind Twilight.

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