Apple Pushing iPhone Upgrades During Holiday Shopping Season

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    Apple this week has encouraged customers to trade in and upgrade to a new iPhone through its website, email and an App Store banner advertisement.

    Apple's new section on its iPhone website reminds customers about trading in their current smartphone at the Apple Store or online through partner Brightstar for up to $320 instant credit. Apple accepts the iPhone 4 or later for trade in.

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    Apple's website, left, and email, right, promoting iPhone upgrades this week

    Apple's mass email to U.S. customers promotes the iPhone Upgrade Program and shares details about how the financing program works. The email also provides similar details about trading in a smartphone for up to $320 instant credit.

    Apple has also made the controversial decision to advertise the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to older iPhone users directly in the App Store, with a pop-up banner advertisement that can be dismissed by tapping on "skip" in the top-right corner.

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    App Store banner advertising the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

    iPhones are one of the hottest gifts during the holiday shopping season, so it is unsurprising that Apple is pushing its latest smartphones at this time of the year alongside free shipping, extended returns and complimentary gift wrapping. Undoubtedly, though, the move will also stir discussion about iPhone sales.

    Apple sold 48 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, up from 39.2 million in the year-ago quarter. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus sales topped a record 13 million during their launch weekend, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted the iPhone 6s may not outsell the iPhone 6.

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  2. Crosscreek macrumors 68030

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    Phones are at the point like PCs where the upgrade is not needed that often anymore.
     
  3. driceman macrumors 6502

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    "Apple is deciding to promote the iPhone."

    In other breaking news: grass is green.
     
  4. 69Mustang macrumors 601

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    I don't give a crap who you are, if you hit me with unsolicited pop-up banners...:mad:
    Pretty sh!@#$&, imo
     
  5. Older bird macrumors regular

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    Isn't that what a company that sells phones supposed to do around the holiday season?
     
  6. darcyf macrumors 6502

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    Just had that popup ad myself when I opened the App Store app. Seemed very... odd. Could just be a coincidence, but it's not exactly helping quell the rumour about slumping iPhone sales to see a sudden change of sales tactic like this.
     
  7. Jamiet361 macrumors member

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    So Apple allow content blockers to block other companies ads, but then force their own down our throats instead.

    Right...
     
  8. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    Someone needs to release a content blocker for the App Store. :D
     
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  11. mbh1976 macrumors regular

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    Give me a new/improved 4-inch iPhone and I'll upgrade today.
     
  12. adbe macrumors 6502a

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    Hey Apple, I don't spend $600 on your hardware just so that you can use it as a billboard for spending another $600. If I wanted to see commercials, your competitors offer devices at much cheaper prices.
     
  13. 69Mustang macrumors 601

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    According to Apple, we are not the product. This is exactly why people rail against Google. Targeted advertising.
     
  14. Sirious macrumors 65816

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    I'm waiting for iPhone 7, Apple. Don't tempt me lol
     
  15. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    Total rip-off... I guess its convenient for those who don't care about money, but for everyone else you can get so much more selling in the secondary market. up to $320 means you would probably have to trade in a 6 plus 128gb to get that much.
     
  16. mcarling macrumors 65816

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    More like: Ridiculously Huge!

    I don't want a 4.7" phablet. I want a 4" phone. So I'm sticking with my iPhone 5S until Apple release a 4" iPhone with modern features like 3D Touch and support for Apple Pay. If it costs the same price as Apple's phablets, fine. I already have an iPad for when I want a two-handed device.
     
  17. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    One pop up banner that you'll likely never see again is this rage inducing? Relax.
     
  18. ibri macrumors newbie

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    Apple: If you care about the continued strength of your brand and its premium status, you may want to rethink your use of pop-up advertising.
     
  19. Narcaz macrumors 6502

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    So it begins. Target pop up ads are thin ice.
     
  20. firedept macrumors 603

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    I for one do not appreciate unsolicited ads. Are sales suffering that they have to do this? Can not see that being the issue since sales for this device have always been huge.
     
  21. ch02ce macrumors member

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    I too got this opening the app store, on my brand new 5S. Found it a bit tasteless. In fact, and this might take the discussion wildly off track, but it got me thinking on my way to work that the Cook years will likely be remembered for their focus on maximizing shareholder value.
     
  22. mdhwoods macrumors regular

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    offered me 85.00 for my wife's 32gig 5. lol
     
  23. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020

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    First they gave discount on Apple Watch when you bought a new phone.

    Second, they released a hideous case!

    Third, they are now pushing ads to get people to upgrade.

    Apple is not like how Apple used to be anymore!
     
  24. Munky macrumors 6502

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    LOL you think google has 0 ads on their phones? bwahahahahahaha
     
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    Yes ladies, gentlemen, and others, this is not SJ's Apple anymore. :(
     

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