Thanks to the iPhone X, the mobile industry forecast for 2018 is growth

Thanks to the iPhone X, the mobile industry forecast for 2018 is growth
Last year saw the lowest smartphone volumes growth rate in recent memory, but research firm Gartner pegs 2018 as when shipments are going to come back roaring, mainly on account of the iPhone X, whose production rate increase is likely to spill into the next quarter, as now Apple is struggling with a Romeo and Juliet problem. 

"We expect Apple’s iPhone X to be the sales driver in North America, China and Western Europe, despite its high price," tips Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner, and the main market that will see a boost in smartphone shipments are where Apple's newest iPhone is expected to shine, namely US, Europe and China.

Moreover, for all the talk of "soft" iPhone 8 and 8 Plus demand in anticipation of the iPhone X later in the season, or lack of queues in front of Apple Stores, the sales seem to be pretty substantial, according to analyst channel probes, especially at carriers. Granted, store sales have been lower than iPhone's launch period last year, but those who queue as early adopters are usually waiting on the latest and greatest, and that's the iPhone X. 

Another analyst tidbit, that for the first time the larger iPhone 8 Plus is selling as much as the iPhone 8, comes to support the thesis that folks are waiting on the anniversary iPhone, and it will be fascinating to watch Apple's sales numbers next quarter.

source: Gartner

Related phones

iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I remember saying to someone that if a person just had to get a new iPhone then they would get what is considered the best one even if it really isn't and cost to much smh.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

That's what people are led to believe...and I think this was originally acceptedable during the iPhone 4-5 days. Now the hype exceeds the expectation. Even now I see people drool over anything iPhone and that irritates me, like, do they even know what they're going for? They just want the shell...well, most of them do.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What you are saying is, most people are idiots, sad but true!!!

10. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

actually the vast majority of buys dont frequent tech sites. theyre just regular dumb people who know nothing about technology and just buy to be cool but not because of the specs or tech.

14. chenski

Posts: 789; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Wouldn't say their idiots, just not tech savvy

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They first said it was Samsung's OLED displays were the problem. Then it was the cutout part for the notch. Then it was having component issues. Then it was specifically the FaceID module. Bla. Bla. Bla Yet there is no mention of software issues. Yet everyone has seen how flakey iOS 11 has been so far. Not to mention how well Apple's demo of FaceID went on stage. Could it be that the FaceID software is not up to snuff? It certainly makes more sense than component or module manufacturing problems to me. Because if FaceID doesn't work as smooth as Apple has pitched. Then the iPhone X will flop. Especially since Apple is throwing everything at it, and there is no other backup on the iPhone X. Many here bashed Samsung's iris, and facial recognition. However it still has a finger print scanner.

26. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You write like a middle schooler... hush.

34. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Well to say the truth I have never seen Apple release so much buggy software and releasing at a break neck speed updates to fix the last update. As a Cisco wireless CCIE CCNP CCNA, Aruba , Meraki professional I have customers ( higher education and business) complaining about losing wireless connectivity to their networks on all guest WLANs and it is always an iOs device on either 10.x or 11.x so I hope Apple works this soon. My point being is that Apple under Jobs seem to have a handle on software QA and would not release till almost everything was fully functioning that seem to have changed now and QA testing looks like it has taken a hit under the Cook administration.

6. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

what kind of bs cloud does phonearena employees live in,

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Just shut up and swallow this. iPhone X will sell in millions and break all the sales records in the world. There will be a huge demand and thus iPhone X shortages will go up to April 2018. That means Galaxy S9 sales also will be affected because it may not have much innovation other than more curved glass Android fans will weep like small babies by seeing all this havoc...LMAO

13. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

lmao is your dumb comment I have something better for you to swallow. say leche cliente!

17. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Don’t feed the trolls

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

What was the last thing Apple innovated?

19. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

You are just another Isheep who is on flaka Dumb sheep you are IPhone x will never even get close to s8 sales Isheeps are not ready to loose their ibuttons

27. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

You see, delay on a device usually leads to potencial customers to take on alternatives... If there are shortages on the iPhone X by the time the galaxy S9 comes out, the S9 just needs to be available to be the target of those potencial buyers.

29. htcisthebest

Posts: 438; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Yeah right...

30. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

@$1000 I don't expect it to be the sales leader for 2018. Because it isn't gonna be for 2018. But it could be if carriers in the USA offer huge incentives to buy it. Like BOGO deals, high trade-in values for older models and continue iPhone Leasing/Forever plans. I think if you have to lease a phone, that means it costs to much. This isn't like leasing a car. Of course if you are a person who buys a new phone each year, than leasing simply is a cost savings and should be explored. But at $1000 you almost have no choice but to use some type of payment plan, because no one but rich people are gonna spend $1000 for anything.

2. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I remember somewhere Phonearena says that iPhone X have low yield. Now iPhone X will increase the growth of mobile industry?

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

There's a source you know...


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

They are the sponcer of this site because everyone uses adblock and iphonearena has no income so they have to do this type of things. Chill mate

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Low yield for now. Once the component supply is up to speed the yield will be up to the demand..

8. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Why iPhoneArena, why you are like this? Why not over Samsung, Sony, Huawei or others? Why you choose apples over other sweets?

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Money is sweeter than sweets

15. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And why do you have to be such crybaby about it

31. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

A crybaby calling out a crybaby!

18. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

What are these phonearena employees smoke? I really wanna know Because it's not hard to see they are cooked from what they wrote here What a joke

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wowww...such a shocker.

21. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

The current phones are so good, and a new one every year is less likely

22. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

So your telling us “Here I come to save the day” Mighty Mouse.

23. xchatter

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I guess I am not part of this prediction/statistic. Meh, I will pick the best smartphone instead of the hype smartphone. But that's just me. And ya.... Apple screwed up big time this year. Only consumers can change this by not buying their products and make them actually do something more than animated emojis.

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