The iPhone 11's performing brilliantly in China; four 5G iPhones could be coming
The iPhone 11 has boosted China sales by 230%
Speaking to investors in a recent article, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives revealed (via 9To5Mac) that overall demand for the iPhone 11 series has so far been “much better” than initially expected. One of the standout markets for Apple’s new phones is China, where sales of the $699 iPhone 11 model have been particularly strong.
This claim is corroborated by UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri who, in a note to clients, estimated overall iPhone demand in China was up an incredible 230% last month. Apple always receives a strong boost during that period due to the arrival of new iPhones but this year’s increase was particularly high. For reference, the launch of the iPhone XS series last year temporarily boosted China sales by just 110%.
Not one, not two, but four 5G iPhones could land next year
Looking to the future, Dan Ives of Wedbush predicts Apple will launch a total of four flagship iPhones next year. This is particularly interesting because reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously claimed Apple is only working on three devices that’ll succeed the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max respectively.
It’s unclear at this stage what the alleged fourth device will entail but Ives says all four iPhones will integrate 5G technology as standard. Additionally, support for ‘motion control’ which could involve a Pixel 4-like gesture interface is apparently on the way alongside a rear 3D-sensing system on all models. If the latter is true, it means the cheaper iPhone 12 probably won’t integrate a telephoto zoom camera. Therefore, that feature along with the display will likely continue being the differentiating factors between the Pro and non-Pro iPhones.
On a slightly unrelated note, Apple is also preparing a spiritual successor to the iPhone SE that’ll arrive in spring 2020. It’s expected to look just like an iPhone 8 but ship with the iPhone 11’s A13 Bionic, 3GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage inside.