iPhone XR demand to remain strong in 2019; Kuo raises sales estimates

iPhone XR demand to remain strong in 2019; Kuo raises sales estimates
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Prior to and following Apple’s September event, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been forecasting iPhone shipments of between 75 and 80 million units for the quarter ending December 31, with the iPhone XR expected to be the main driving force behind this. In an investor note released today, though, Kuo has revised his estimates.

In light of even stronger demand for the iPhone XR, the reputable analyst has raised his forecasts to a whopping 83 million units for this current quarter. Reportedly, the iPhone XR’s all-screen design, improved battery life, and its wide range of colors will all contribute to higher sales and should ultimately surpass the figures achieved by last year’s iPhone 8.

Moving into the new year, the iPhone 8 experienced a sales drop-off of around 50% following the holiday season. But when it comes to the iPhone XR, Kuo is forecasting a drop of just 30%, which is also better than the typical industry decline of 40%. Ultimately, this should help contribute significantly towards iPhone shipments of 60 million during the quarter ending March 31, 2019. After all, over half of all sales are expected to come from the iPhone XR, while the iPhone XS devices will contribute just over a third. The remaining sales will be split between iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 devices.

For those who may be interested in the iPhone XR, the smartphone will be available to pre-order this Friday for $750. Shipments are then set to begin exactly one week later on October 26.

source: Ming-Chi Kuo via Apple Insider

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  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
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  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2942 mAh(25h talk time)

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17 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1173; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Poor man's iPhone.

2. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 939; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

No that's the SE

6. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Same estimates last year, and the year before, where "between 75 and 80 million units".

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nahhh...it’s an iPhone for those who want it.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The XR is gonna be a great device, but it’s not a budget phone...it’s a budget iPhone.

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Iys an overpriced budget phone.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don’t really see it as overpriced to be honest. It’s affordable for those who can afford it...not something I’d buy, but I can afford the flagship models.

9. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Poor. Do you think apple will sell $200 iphones? They’re not android with $200 ASP.

19. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Apple has no competition for their iOS platform. Android has a ton of competition that drives the prices down, and continues to do so. If the iPhone XR hardware was running Android, then it wouldn't be able to get $300 for that smartphone

15. kucma

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

On the contrary this is the only new iPhone this year that is priced just about where it should be. The gap between the other two I really can’t see being justified for what more they offer compared to XR.

5. basher

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Pocophone is a better option. Same specs, faster than any iPhone and at half of Apple's cheapest model price.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2246; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

That’s just it. Enjoy a budget phone just to finally claim it’s better than “the standard” of owning an iPhone. No updates, no eco system, no phone support, the list goes on. Once you buy an iPhone you are involved within an experience.

12. path45th

Posts: 406; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

The problem with Pocophone is that it’s not an iPhone.

14. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The Poco f1 is NOT faster than the iPhone XR, even with its heat pipes and plastic back, lol.

10. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 376; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I like the XR, particularly in red, the 6inch low res lcd screen is disappointing.

13. path45th

Posts: 406; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Iphone XR yellow looks pretty.

16. kucma

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

I’d go for blue.

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