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Lead times for the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6The Apple iPad Air 2 and the mini 3 were recently announced last month. Both these products are found to be having short lead times. Across countries such as Canada, USA, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, France, UK and Germany, the lead time for the iPad Air 2 is of 1-3 business days whereas for the mini 3, it is a total of 24 hours. Over a year ago, the iPad Air had lead times of 5-7 working days after a week of their availability. The Retina mini too had lead times ranging between 5-7 and 5-10 working days a year ago. The two options to suggest this could be that either the company had manufactured a number of units for the first day of sales or the demand did not rise for the product.

Out of the 15 Apple websites of various countries were checked, it was found that for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, lead times did not change. For the iPhone 6, lead times are around 7 to 10 working days whereas for the 6 Plus, the lead time is 3-4 weeks. On the Verizon website, the lead time for the iPhone 6 had four different models, each having similar or shorter lead times than one week ago and with three of them being even longer. The iPhone 6 Plus lead times had 6 models with lead times shorter than a week ago with one model having longer lead times.

On the AT&T website, lead times for both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus remained the same. The model for the iPhone 6 with 16 GB had a lead time of one to two weeks’ worth of working days; the 64 GB model had lead times of 21-28 working days and the 128 GB had the shortest lead time of all with 3-5 business days. The iPhone 6 Plus had 28-35 working days lead time for all three of its models i.e. the 16 GB, 64 GB and the 128 GB models.

iPhone 6 lead times for spring have increased with 64 GB models going from 2-4 weeks of lead time to 4-6 weeks of lead time. 2 out of the 3 128 GB models have also experienced the same. The iPhone 6 Plus models had their lead times shortened to 2-4 weeks for the 2/3 64 GB models.

The longest lead times are found to be associated with the 64 GB models on the websites of AT&T, Verizon and Vodafone. This indicates that these have the highest demand. With the configurations for the iPhone 6 being more than $100 in comparison to other iPhones, and with the 64 GB memory upgrade costing $100 over the $200 charged previously, customers are preferring to opt for upgrading their phones rather than sticking with their 16 GB models. This has also caused the average selling price of the iPhone to reach $603 this past September. With Apple and its suppliers continuing to increase production, the average selling price for the upcoming December quarter should increase once again.

Lead time is very important for every business and should be as short as possible. No customer would like to wait long periods of time to get their hands on any product that they may have purchased. The same applies for Apple iPhones. With the demand being so high for these phones and with their popularity constantly on the rise with newer models being released, every buyer wishes to own the phone as soon as it is released; not having to wait a number of weeks after placing their order to get their hands on the product. All customers want their products delivered to them as soon as possible which is why Apple and other companies need to keep the lead time for their products short. Not only would this keep customers satisfied but it would prevent the company from getting an image of one which does not give out its products on time. Every business needs to be efficient in terms of its production and sales and if they are unable to match with the demand, the demand is eventually likely to decrease. Thus to avoid this issue, shorter lead times should be the goal.

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The Microsoft Band in the Wearable Smartphone Market

Microsoft BandRecently, Microsoft brought a surprise to the tech world by introducing a fitness tracking wristband which comes with an app and cloud computing technology which can track fitness and health related data and the best part is that it is actually very good. The band costs $199 and is proof that the company wishes to integrate its Microsoft Health platform with other items, which can be worn such as the Jawbone along with gathering data from Samsung Android and iPhone devices.

In comparison to its competition, this band is a full-featured device, which might actually be considered as the most flexible device available. It contains notifications for incoming calls and text messages, emails as well calendar items along with fitness tracking which included monitoring the heart rate. This feature is still considered to be quite rare in a number of other fitness bands.

The band also tracks steps, estimates the number of calories burned during a certain exercise and has a GPS system built in which can track the cycling or running route you use. It even has the ability to track your movement while you sleep.

A number of other features can be achieved by pairing the band with a Windows Phone such as the ability to use voice commands to activate Cortana which is a digital assistant similar to Siri and Google voice controls. Text messages can also be replied to using your voice.

It would be difficult to find another band which does the same things that the Microsoft Band performs and that too, across a range of platforms. The Pebble Smart Watch, while working on Android and iOS does not include advanced fitness features which are found in the Microsoft Band. The Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up have apps on Android and iPhone however these do not have the smart-watch style of notifications. Similarly, the Gear line of devices by Samsung which includes the GearFit works only with Galaxy phones. The Apple Watch too only works with iPhones. Hence, the cross platform compatibility is a very smart move taken by Microsoft along with some of the features it has built into its Health app.

The workouts are not very easy to navigate and you can have only one workout on the band at one time. However if you plan ahead, it is good to know which workout is next without having to check the phone to see what workout is next.

The battery life is also quite good in comparison to other smart watches. Microsoft has promised 48 hours and slightly more can be achieved if the time display is kept off for most of the time. The band is also made to be dust and water resistant.

The Microsoft band however is not very attractive. The design is quite blocky and industrial with a thick rubber band. The middle of the band contains a power button while there is an action button on the right side of the display. Three sizes are available; small, medium and large and a sliding clasp allows the band to be adjusted so that it can fit well.

The band is the most comfortable when it is worn with the screen on the inside of the wrist which is opposite to the way you would normally wear a watch. This is not too bad as it makes notifications more subtle.

The interface of the watch is similar to that of a Windows Phone; you can customize the band by selecting the color of the screen and the design of the background. The tiles on the touch screen of the band can also be customized; it can display up to 12 screens which includes texts, emails, calls, calendar invites, running data, exercise, sleep, weather, guided workouts, Twitter and Facebook notifications.

Overall, the device works well and the apps are easy to navigate and the heart rate monitoring is certainly a novelty which gives the device an edge.

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