The iPhone X pumps iOS share in important markets, offsetting its slow uptake



In the latest installment of the iPhone-X-sells-bad saga, analysts are rushing to explain that, even though Apple may have cut the Q1 orders for the handset, and is expected to forecast much lower sales numbers for the current quarter, it's all been worth it for the company when it comes to the bottom line. Not only has the iPhone X likely raised the average selling price of iPhones to record heights, which will more than offset the tepid sales predictions, in terms of operating profits, but the notch-y handset has evidently pushed the iOS market share and loyalty way up in important markets.

This final point comes courtesy of today's Kantar report, and the research firm plotted the iPhone X to be among the three best-selling devices in Europe, Urban China, Japan, Australia and, of course, the United States. As you can see from the stats below, the iOS uptake in urban China has been huge, with a 10% increase, and, given that this is the largest cell phone market in the world, Apple's iPhone X pricing strategy may have born fruit, as analysts still predict a record quarter to be reported on Thursday by Apple after market close. As per Kantar's Dominic Sunnebo:



source: Kantar

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25 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

It's still a flop compared to expactions.

3. toukale

Posts: 641; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Who’s expectations, yours I am assuming or Apple’s.

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well seeing as how they only gained beyond the margin of error in the Chinese market only, can't really be a good sign. I mean even the US was a loss in market share and that's their main market.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The price and Apples value for its features is below what people are expecting for value. Even Apples supposedly great service is a mute point as well nowadays, especially when Apple charges a ridiculous amount for the repair of the glass back on on the new iPhone 8's and X. $400 for the iPhone 8 plus, really? The iPhone X is over $500 for the glass back. If anyone thinks that it actually costs that much to repair the X, is just an iDiot. Why is it that other companies like Samsung, and others that also sell glass backed smartphones can repair their smartphones for a fraction that Apple charges? Apple is such a greedy company these days. iPhone X repair breakout, $50 for the repair. The other $450 is the cost to bend over and take it where the sun don't shine..

2. toukale

Posts: 641; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I still don’t get how Apple is still in business considering everything iPhone have been a flop since iPhone 4 launched. Every year we get the same reports about Apple adjusting their holiday numbers and every year the analysts and media makes it world news,. Stock manipulation at its finest.

4. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

A company that makes $400-500 profit per phone and selling hundreds of millions devices every year is sure manipulating the markets. Yeah, I don't know either how are they still in business.

5. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

"everything iPhone have been a flop since iPhone 4 launched" Do you know what a flop is?

6. whatev

Posts: 2321; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I want to believe your comment is a big irony from the beginning to the end, otherwise you’re very clueless

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

are you crazy? everything is a flop? give a little credit, even though on paper and in specs they get beat a majority of the time its still a solid device just admit it... because if was truely a crap device android OEMs would progress at the speed of a snail

15. CandyBar

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 08, 2017

It's because most people are familiar with iOS and it's intuitive. The phones work well, have great selection of apps and get updates for about 4 to 5 years. That's how they're still in business.

9. matix73

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

I wonder why is the percentage of "Other" operating systems growing in some countries.

11. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Why are so many readers claiming that falling below expectations (expectations set by Apple) is considered a flop. I do not own an iPhone X nor the 8 or 8 Plus but a lot of news is suggesting that Apple will report one of their highest earning quarters (Some are saying the highest for the company ever) this week. If the product is really a flop, I don't think Apple will be able to achieve this. For more information you can google this: apple-expect-to-report-all-time-qtr-rev-record

13. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"but a lot of news is suggesting that Apple will report one of their highest earning quarters (Some are saying the highest for the company ever) this week. " Apple already said last q that their prediction for holiday q is highest ever and that's propably exactly what it's going to be. When Apple have estimated their own numbers wrong?

12. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Let's not forget Report Claims iPhone X Sales Not as Strong as Expected in the U.S. Poor iPhone X Sales Are Good News For Apple iPhone X sales ‘below’ expectations due to price, says key analyst Analyst suggests customers prefer cheaper iPhones to the iPhone X Apple's combined iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus uptake still can't beat the 6 and 6 Plus Chinese tech stocks slump after report that Apple has cut its iPhone X orders by 40% The iPhone X order cuts news erase $14 billion off Apple's market cap Interest in Apple's new iPhones near all-time lows at Verizon, AT&T and Sprint What? Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to cease production of the iPhone X by mid-2018 due to low demand ‘Disappointing’ sales see Apple cutting iPhone X production in half this quarter – Nikkei :D I thought iPhone X was doing badly in China? So how the share jumped 10%?

14. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

It's called media manipulation. This article only mentions 10% growth, but didn't mentions about iOS lost 20% before that. So it's 10% regain from 20% declines and not really that Apple increase with 10%. So in whole, iOS is still losing ground in China.http://nordic.businessinsider.com/apple-sales-revenues-china-2017-5

16. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Considering Kantar's data is purely panel based, I'd take that 10% with a grain of salt. It also doesn't specify which iPhone was responsible even if it did increase by 10% and it's unlikely that the very expensive iPhone X was responsible, it's more likely cheaper older models.

18. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I don't see why chinese people suddenly would buy those same iPhones which they could buy long time already. Of course the X is biggest reason. Check from google trends how much higher iPhone X is trending in China than any other iPhone.

19. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Because they get cheaper -_- Google Trends only shows how much interest there is in the topic of iPhone X, it proves nothing at all about people actually buying them.

23. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Did you skip this article and came directly to comments? "December iPhone X made it into the top three best-selling devices across all key regions, particularly in urban China where it was the top selling model" Kantar clearly said X was best selling in China.

20. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Maybe because Apple dropped the price of the iPhone 7 and 7+ by 25% in China.

22. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Didn't you read the story? X was best selling phone in China. "December iPhone X made it into the top three best-selling devices across all key regions, particularly in urban China where it was the top selling model"

24. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And they reported all this without a shred of proof, no sales numbers, nothing. It's all guesswork, they say sales are great and yet IOS % of marketshare is still falling.

25. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

More bad news for you https://www.counterpointresearch.com/apple-sells-record-22-million-iphones-usa-4q17/ Apple Sells a Record 22 Million iPhones in USA During 4Q17 "since its launch on November 3rd, the iPhone X outsold the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus by a 2:1 margin . " "Apple was able to grow their sell-through market share from 37% to 44%. This is the highest ever market share for Apple in its home market."

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