My Twitter feed has been inundated by people reacting to tech blogs and analysts defending iOS and ruminating on how the iPhone 5 was “good enough or your expectations were wrong”. I have a 4S that I bought unlocked on eBay. I don’t upgrade every cycle, so for me I was never going to buy the 5. My last phone was a 3GS I bought unlocked on eBay. My guess is that barring some unforseen incident I will probably buy whatever comes after the iPhone 5 (5S? or just “The iPhone”) unlocked on eBay.
The moral of this story is that some people don’t buy every iPhone because they don’t need or want to.