Update: Sorry guys! I got ahead of myself. I was not aware that Apple was still taking in pre-orders. In previous years, Apple only had a limited stock that they would ship before the actual launch date. Once that number was reached, Apple would stop pre-orders. However, this time around, Apple is keeping pre-orders open even though they will not be delivered by the time the device actually launches. We will revisit this article when new information comes out.
It’s been a wild year in the tech industry with smartphone makers having a continued impact on in the mobile industry. Arguably, the two biggest names in technology right now, Samsung and Apple, have been duking it out in court cases, sale numbers, and just about ever other aspect that each company has their hands soaked in. One of those more observed battles has to go to Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 5 and Samsung’s heavy weight champ, the Galaxy S3. And in today’s comparison, we will be taking a look at the iPhone 5′s pre-orders and pit them against the Samsung Galaxy S3′s feats.
If you haven’t heard yet, Apple has just announced that they have had a record number of iPhone pre-orders compared to he previous iPhone 4S pre-sale numbers. In just 24 hours after starting pre-orders, the iPhone 5 was able to double the 1 million pre-orders that the iPhone 4S was able to generate totaling in at 2 million pre-orders. As you can see, demand for the iPhone 5 is clearly high despite how boring people thought the iPhone 5 announcement event was.
So, yeah, the iPhone 5 had 2 million pre-orders this weekend. What of the Samsung Galaxy S3?
Forgive me for how this may come out, but I have come across Apple supporters who, rightfully, only pay attention to Apple related news. That’s fine and all, but if you are unaware of how much pre-orders that Samsung was able to generate with the Galaxy S3, it’s fine because we have the numbers and facts behind the numbers for you right here! According to Samsung, the Galaxy S3 was able to generate 9 million pre-orders which gave the Galaxy S3 the title of the most pre-ordered device in the history of all gadgets. In fact, that number is so high that even I had a hard time when Samsung announced this way back in May.
So in order to calm my disbelief, I did some more digging and found out how Samsung was able to have enough devices to have such a high cap for pre-orders. See, unlike Apple, Samsung manufactures most of their components in house. As a result, they are able to set their caps to what ever the like by simply lowering the amount of orders they take from others during their production of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Apple, on the other hand, has to buy parts from various manufactures who themselves are using their supplies to produce their own production needs that, in some cases, are products that even rival Apple’s products.
I firmly believe that if Apple were able to have 9 million iPhones laying around for pre-orders, they would sell them all. But as reports always suggest, Apple is always facing set backs from there supply chain. This is something that we have never seen Samsung go through with the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Back in May, Samsung informed us that they have 75,000 workers who focus mainly on the Galaxy S3 in order to keep up with the huge demand they were receiving. Samsung was reportedly able to churn out five million phones per month. Sadly, Apple has to report to over seas production to which they only have a limited control of their production method and employ numbers as well as allocation.
What’s certain is that Samsung currently holds the title for the fastest selling device and most pre-orders. While they will surely by holding on the the most pre-orders, Apple is still able to dislodge the Galaxy S3 from being the fastest selling device if all goes well for Apple during the open weekend for the iPhone 5.