iPhone 5: eBay expects iPhone 4 sales rush
Sales of old Apple's iPhone models are expected to rise up to 70pc in the aftermath of the new iPhone 5's launch, eBay has announced. As it happened last year, when the iPhone 4 went on sale, earlier iPhone models will be accessible at a lower price and online customers are ready to exploit the chance to get one.
According to eBay, more than half a million iPhones have been sold online since they have been introduced on the market. In the last year, an average of one iPhone per second has been sold via eBay UK.
“Our figures show that savvy shoppers are ready and waiting to get their hands on the iPhone 4 at a cut down price," Angus McCarey, Retail Director for eBay UK said. "The UK leads Europe in terms of smartphone adoption, which is helping to drive the triple digit growth of mobile shopping on eBay. Mobile is fundamentally changing retail as shoppers can now browse and shop on and offline in a seamless way.”
The smart phone market on the whole should see a surge in sales as the iPhone 5 goes on sale, eBay reports. During last year’s festive season, sales of the iPhone 3G exceeded the iPhone 4 as shoppers look for great deals rather than the most up-to-date model.
The IPhone 5 is expected to be relased on October 21, the weekend that iPod celebrates its 10th birhday, according to new rumours. The date is based on what appears to be a leaked note from a branch of Best Buy in the US. Other rumours are based on leaks from Asia, where the phone is assembled. The iPhone has traditionally been annonuced in June, at Apple's WWDC event in San Francisco. This is the first time that the announcement has been pushed back to the autumn.