In with the old, out with the new: Apple iPhone 7 is outselling the iPhone 8
by Alan Friedman / Oct 16, 2017, 12:45 PM
The analyst also noted that KeyBanc's survey revealed that many of those shopping for a new iPhone are waiting for the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone X to be released before making a decision on whether to purchase the iPhone 8. The iPhone X is supposed to be launched on November 3rd, and production shortfalls are going to make it the hardest to find iPhone ever. It carries the first OLED panel used on an iPhone, and offers an edge-to-edge display. Instead of Touch ID, Apple is using a new facial recognition system called Face ID on the device.
Apparently those choosing the iPhone 7 over the iPhone 8 aren't interested in the new additions to the latter model such as wireless charging, a more powerful A11 Bionic chipset, and the Portrait Lighting (iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X only) feature that allows for the use of dramatic backgrounds when shooting selfies. But the difference in pricing is enticing. The Apple iPhone 7 can be bought at $549 and up while the iPhone 8 starts at $699.
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While Steve Jobs is missed, the reason iPhone 7 sales are beating iPhone 8 is purely driven by the iPhone X anticipated release. Without question, iPhone X sales will match iPhone 8 sales figures once full manufacturing capacity is available.
posted on Oct 16, 2017, 1:00 PM 13
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I think the iPhone 7 is out selling the iPhone 8 because of the $150 difference. Think about it, you are getting a glass back with wireless charging, and a updated SoC. That's it. If you want to include fast charging, then you have to add another $75 on top.
posted on Oct 16, 2017, 2:02 PM 10
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But there are two issues with the X that will probably keep sales lower than expected. 1) The price, it starts at $1,000. 2) Reported Yield rates are below 10% meaning Apple isn't able to fine tune to the manufacturing process enough to get sufficient quantities to the market thus keeping sales low. They had the same issue with sapphire glass displays and they chucked the feature as a result. Though now that they've already announced the iPhone X, they don't have the luxury to simply not release it, but you can expect it to be super limited quantity.
posted on Oct 16, 2017, 2:12 PM 2
The problem as it seems, like Finalflash said below, Apple will not be able to produce to meet demand. I mean there are reports that they’re below 100K for initial launch - that’s a tiny fraction of demand of any iPhone let alone the X. With that you’ll see two type of reports and fanboy arguments: 1. Ha ha, Apple didn’t sell much of X - iPhone X too expensive, not worth upgrade, people realizing iphone sucks! (Or whatever fits their nerrative, when in fact see #2). 2. Apple did not produce enough of X (duh) people switched to another brand with bezeless design. Looks like Apple bit more than it can chew.
posted on Oct 16, 2017, 1:48 PM 0
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To some degree yes. But every year it usually takes 2 quarters for the newest iPhone to outsell the older model. Also why pay more for the same phone? Then have to go buy wireless charging cable and adapter?!
posted on Oct 16, 2017, 2:04 PM 0
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" Without question, iPhone X sales will match iPhone 8 sales figures once full manufacturing capacity is available." At this rate, that could be half a year from now. At which point, there is no way it can make up lost ground compared to the iPhone 7. In fact, the price point alone will prevent that from happening in the first place. Not to mention the fact that the 7 series had 2 models to spread sales, the X is a loner (you didn't mention the 8, you said the X would match the 7).
posted on Oct 16, 2017, 2:43 PM 1
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If youre waiting on the x why buy a 7 at all?.... and if youre going to buy a 7 just to hold you over, you may as well buy an 8... It's the price thats driving 7 sales over the 8, buddy. Not x anticipation.
posted on Oct 16, 2017, 2:57 PM 6
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If Steve Jobs was still here, the iPhone would still be sporting a 3.5” screen.
posted on Oct 16, 2017, 1:50 PM 1
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Wouldn't be surprised if the 6S and SE picked up more sales as well...
posted on Oct 16, 2017, 12:58 PM 1
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Oh they will. I am going to buy one of each myself because I refuse to purchase a smartphone without a headphone jack.
posted on Oct 16, 2017, 1:01 PM 7
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