From the DF Claim Chowder Archive: Tomi Ahonen on iPhone Sales

Former Nokia executive Tomi Ahonen, predicting market share drop-off for the iPhone back in April 2010:

The Apple iPhone sales pattern differs from all other major smartphone makers because Apple only releases one new model per year. So the sales take off strongly and then decline as the rivals keep releasing newer phones.

The first of those two sentences is a fact. The second is not — it’s conventional wisdom. Conflating conventional wisdom with fact is a problem for many of Apple’s competitors. Remember, for example, how often it was treated as a fact that the iPhone’s lack of a user-removable battery was a “con”?

Tuesday, 6 September 2011