Kuo: iPhone XR pre-orders higher than iPhone 8 but weaker than iPhone XS

Kuo: iPhone XR pre-orders higher than iPhone 8 but weaker than iPhone XS
As many of you will know, iPhone XR pre-orders commenced last Friday but, rather surprisingly, shipping times remained steady over the course of the weekend. This led many to believe that, either demand was weaker than expected, or Apple had prepared a higher number of devices ahead of launch. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, however, it is actually a combination of both factors.

In his latest report published earlier today, Kuo confirmed that, just as expected, iPhone XR pre-orders are indeed outpacing those of last year’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus by a considerable margin. Despite this, he noted that demand is still quite a bit lower than the peak registered by the iPhone XS and XS Max, although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

According to Kuo, while initial iPhone XS demand was higher, it has since experienced a significant drop-off. The iPhone XR, on the other hand, is set to encounter a significantly smaller drop which will lead to “more stable” sales in the long run. This is due to its lower price and the fact that it caters towards regular consumers who tend to have a tighter budget and don’t usually have any “urgent replacement demand.”

Throughout the fourth quarter of 2018, Kuo now expects Apple to ship between 36 and 38 million iPhone XR units, up from his previous expectations of 33 to 35 million. Moreover, he sees iPhone XR demand remaining strong during the first quarter of 2019.

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iPhone XR
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2942 mAh(25h talk time)



1. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

If you want a new iPhone. Then Apple limits your choices. It's this overpriced iPhone, or its this one. If it's too much for you, then you can buy out cheapest iPhone XR for $750 USD, or $1030 CAD, $1050 AUD, $1000 in Europe. If you need help with you wallets, then please bend over. We will help you. We have the best service.

3. luis.aag90

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Or.... You can just get the previous year models for around $150-$250 less than the XR, just like most people do. That's why the iPhone 7 was still in the top 5 last quarter

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

An iPhone 7 is 2 years old now. You can still buy iPhone 6s (3 years) and iPhone 6's (4 years) at some carriers.

5. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

For that matter you can buy any smartphone for less money. However if you want the latest iPhone from Apple, then you are limited to what Apple is offering you. Apple doesn't give you a great choice like another platform. There is no competition in Apple's platform. So it's really a take it or leave it situation when it comes to Apple.

6. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

No it's not. You can buy older models that still perform great. In fact, that's what people are doing.

11. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I bought last year iPhone X and I'm happy with my purchase, the Xr where I live will cost $939. A used X costs $600-800 make the math yourself.

2. medoosamsungonly

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

This Phone is trap and failed, juste the child and girls buy it for colors.

7. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

6s still doing just, save yourself alot of money, you can listen to much and charge at the same time.

8. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Guess people really went for the high dollar Max. 2 of my co workers got the Max after I showed them mine.

9. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 170; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

the poor man's iPhone Xs. I feel bad for the Apple sheep because they don't have many options for a new device.

10. midan

Posts: 3114; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Luckily we have best possible choice already so no need to feel sad! I feel sorry for Android sheeps because they have to combine 2-3 phones to have great phone, too bad it's not possible.

13. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Please list what 3 phones we need to carry. I can't speak for every Andeoid model. But any Samsung that is at least $500 are all better and have more features than either iPhone model. So why would I need 3 phones. You're such a lying turd. You an buy whatever you want. But you continue to be foolish with your false claims about Android. There are over 20 phones that run Android that are better than iPhones, at least 20 that are equal. Please stop with your baloney. The Galaxy S 7 is almost 3 years old now. It still can take pictures equally or better especially in low light vs the latest iPhone models. Has a bigger battery too on the edge model and is a sleeker design overall. Both are equally as breakable as glass and aluminum are cheap materials. So no matter how good they feel, it's still cheap. The S7 still has a better display and still has many features Samsung impleme Ted on the GS3 that Apple still dont have. So please Midan, what 3 Andeoid phones doni need to carry to top an iPhone? Because the fact you even think what you said is true, shows you are not as smart as you think you are.

15. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

The fact that your phone runs android then it will never beat iOS.

12. Knownhost

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

For 749, I can buy a device that does LESS than the iPhone 6s. Brilliant! I can live without all of those features in order to rock a phone that is a crippled imitation of the premium model, which also does less than the 6s. How messed up is it that people willingly shell out ridiculous amounts of money for devices that do less than the devices they already have?

14. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Well they dont do less. They do kinda do more. They dont really have more features, what it does have is updated better hardware. But that doesn't make it worth the cost. The reason the XR isnt worth $750, is when you compare it to phone that were that price 3 years ago, and they have better festured. Like the S7s.

17. Knownhost

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

Updated hardware that does less. No headphone jack, 3d touch, or durable metal casing. The only thing the XR can do that actually might benefit users every day is wirelessly charge, which takes longer than cable charging. Sounds like a solution looking for a problem more than a snazzy new feature. I'm not trolling here and mean no disrespect, but seriously, how did phone manufacturers convince us that fewer features are worth more money?

16. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I think the price of XR is reasonable considering the fact that iPhones last long and get updates for many years.

20. midan

Posts: 3114; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

quite perfect situtation for Apple, all new iPhones selling like crazy, this is great phone for iPhone portfolio. Now lot more people can buy iPhone and don't need to settle for android.

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