We have been analysing the release of the iPhone 5 which was said to be the fastest roll out of an iPhone ever. It turns out the Apple have not be able to deliver on this promise. Let start with the release of the iPhone 3G. Data is scarce but we have the beginning and the end so have just created an average roll out. The axis on the left in number of countries and along the bottom in the number of weeks from launch.
Now lets add the iPhone 3Gs
You can see that the iPhone 3Gs managed to reach much more countries. Let add the iPhone 4. You can see that the iPhone 4 reach the same amount of countries as the iPhone 3Gs and quicker.
Now the iPhone 4s. The iPhone 4s managed to get to more countries in the 14 weeks than any other release before.
Now comes the iPhone 5. You can see that as of the 23 November (Week 10) made the iPhone 5 fall below the line of the iPhone 3G
The correct way to measure how fast the roll out was is to take a liner average. If you do this you will see that the iPhone 5 has already become the slowest iPhone release ever. However Apple have a way of making things sound good. So they will say that they can reach 100 countries by the end of the year which will be more countries that ever before. If they achieve this they could make that claim. However week 14 falls of the 14 December which we have got word about as being the next roll out of iPhone 5.
This will mean that Apple will not be able to deliver on there promise that iPhone 5 was the fastest roll out ever. So we are calling it the slowest iPhone release ever. Apple will not be able to reach 100 countries by the end of the year.