The iPhone 11 is more popular than the Pro and Pro Max, but not by a lot

The iPhone 11 is more popular than the Pro and Pro Max, but not by a lot
Apple's hot new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max are technically not out yet, but with pre-orders underway since last Friday and a global commercial release slated for this Friday, September 20, it's already time to evaluate the early popularity of the three high-end handsets, as well as their mid to long-term potential.

It's not a big secret anymore that the Cupertino-based tech giant is going through a bit of a rough patch in terms of worldwide iPhone unit shipments, looking at a pretty serious decline in its yearly numbers until 5G will prospectively come to the rescue of the entire mobile industry in 2020. For the time being, Apple is betting a bunch of significant camera upgrades and a notable albeit not dramatic improvement in battery life will be able to stop the bleeding, which certainly seems to be the case based on the first analyst assessment of pre-order scores.

A surprisingly good start for the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max


Ming-Chi Kuo is arguably the most prolific and one of the most reliable Apple pundits out there, so it's definitely no surprise to see the TF International Securities analyst already come out with two interesting research notes on the box-office performance of the iPhone 11 family. Kuo understandably kept things vague in his first analysis following the opening weekend of Apple's latest flagships, noticing particularly strong demand for the pricier models in the US and positive results for the non-Pro variant in China, leading him to raise overall expectations from as little as 65 million to as much as 75 million unit shipments by the end of the year.


In case you were wondering which of the three new iPhone versions is proving more popular around the world, the answer is fairly predictable. According to Kuo's follow-up research note on the pre-orders of the iPhone 11 lineup (via MacRumors), the cheaper and slightly humbler model is so far trumping its triple-lens siblings, single-handedly accounting for 45 percent of the family's early sales. 

That means the combined share of the 11 Pro and Pro Max is 55 percent, which actually exceeds the results of the iPhone XS and XS Max this time last year. Back then, even though people had to wait for the iPhone XR, Kuo's prediction was that the higher-end variants would make up anywhere between 40 and 45 percent of the family's year-end shipments.

Great news for Apple's bottom line


Just like the iPhone XR, it's safe to expect the entry-level iPhone 11 to become the world's best-selling mobile device in the near future. But if the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max will be able to maintain their early pace in the long run, their contribution to Apple's overall revenue figures should be significantly greater than that of the XS duo last year.

 

Pricier products tend to yield heftier profits, even when featuring better camera hardware than their lower-cost relatives, so in addition to unit shipments, the company's earnings are likely to get a decent boost as a result of iPhone 11 Pro demand seemingly exceeding expectations.

Of course, it's much too early to actually talk numbers, unless you want a quick recap of some of the key selling points and major features offered by the iPhone 11 lineup. In that case, you might like to check out this neat battery graph, a rundown of all the LTE bands supported in the US, these early tests of actual 4G LTE speeds stateside, a very interesting night mode camera comparison against the iPhone X, and our roundup of the cool features you may have missed at Apple's announcement event. Perhaps most importantly, we also have a collection of deals and discounts available at major carriers and authorized third-party retailers.

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43 Comments

1. midan

Posts: 2972; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"A surprisingly good start for the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max" Why surprisingly? If you like taking photos these are great upgrade for every iPhone model owners. You are getting best camera in the market and you can take photos which you couldn't before with iPhone.

6. pimpin83z

Posts: 587; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

"Why surprisingly? If you like taking photos these are great upgrade for every iPhone model owners and you can take photos which you couldn't before with iPhone." Fixed.

11. whatev

Posts: 2316; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I heard there is a butthurt cream dealer that is making huge discounts for fandroids like you, don’t miss that opportunity ;)

17. pimpin83z

Posts: 587; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I heard you like that stuff just because. ;-)

40. whatev

Posts: 2316; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m following close that market and thinking about starting my business in that sector, android trolls like you are going to make me rich :))))

42. pimpin83z

Posts: 587; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Wow. The fact that you didn't pick up on what I meant shows reading & comprehension aren't your strong suit.

24. mccalmrl01

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 14, 2019

I'm enjoying my iPhone XR besides the low screen resolution but battery life is crazy good 9 hours of on screen time.

12. Vancetastic

Posts: 1522; Member since: May 17, 2017

Why are you always so upset? Oh....someone wrote an article about Apple that didn't agree with you a hundred percent. Don't be a bitter fanboy.

14. wickedwilly

Posts: 723; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

How can you be so categoric that you are getting the best camera, you do not have one and they are not even released yet. The cameras on iPhones have been behind for a good few generations and are now only just catching, up. They may well be the best cameras on an iPhone yet, but that is not saying much is it!

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 1522; Member since: May 17, 2017

Think about who you're talking to...

20. midan

Posts: 2972; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

https://mashable.com/feature/apple-iphone-11-pro-max-review/?europe=true Just look this review and all the comparison shots with all the Android flagships, it’s not even close.

26. pimpin83z

Posts: 587; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Did you actually click on the images, zoom in & compare the image quality or did you just look at the pics posted to the website? ex. The pic with the art in the stairwell. The Note 10 image has better quality than the iPhone 11 when you zoom in.

29. midan

Posts: 2972; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Why would i do that? Who does that and why? I’m looking how the photos look overall, which have best dynamic range, most lively shots, most natural etc. All those things which makes photo look good.

31. pimpin83z

Posts: 587; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Clearly you do not know how to view the quality of a photo then, making your comment utterly pointless.

41. blastertoad

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Best dynamic range my ass, you lose entire buildings to shadows in the second camera comparison (it is just as bad as the one plus 7). The first photos grade the image to warmer tones and reduce texture and detail on the walls. On the night mode comparison it does look pretty good as most of the time night mode looks over bright on devices like the pixel, however not using night mode it is the worst camera of the bunch loosing details to lack of range in dark shadows.

45. midan

Posts: 2972; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Best dynamic range my ass, you lose entire buildings to shadows in the second camera comparison" If the scene looks like that it's not cameras problem. Camera shoot what it sees! The photo you are talking about looks very good, it has very high dynamics and it looks very 3D. By far the best photo from that group. When you look note photo, it looks like flat overly bright photo not much dynamics. The dark building you are talking about is really dark in real life. "it is just as bad as the one plus 7" actually oneplus pro 7 did good in that area, it shows the building dark just like huawei P30 too, bacause well the building actually is dark! ;) Only one who made it too bright and unrealistic is note 10. from the the review "Once again, you can see how the color science varies between phone cameras and their three lenses. The iPhone 11 Pros always produce the most realistic colors. Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 tends to dial up the brightness and saturation for more vivid pics. Shots from Huawei's P30 Pro are just too red. And the OnePlus 7 camera, while markedly better than previous OnePlus phones, still lacks the wider dynamic range from the other phone cameras."

43. Vancetastic

Posts: 1522; Member since: May 17, 2017

So, it's your opinion, which is subjective, at best. Wow.

34. oldskool50 unregistered

Even in your link, the iPhoen didn't take all that great photos. To start, the very first photos with the chandelier. The iPhone all too a yellowish tone to the bulbs, while the S10 shows them to be nice and white. Which one is most accurate? The S10+ In the Ultra Wide photos, the Galaxy is still the widest. And it still the most sharp and color accurate. In the Night Mode, which the Glaaxy actually never needed as it has always since the S6 taken better nightime shots over the iPhone. The S10+ photo is brighter, looks more natural, the color of the scooter is more accurate too. In the telephoto shots, the iPhone has to much white balance which has been an issue since FOREVER. Why can't they fix that? So from what I saw, the iPhone is most certainly improved and I am for one very happy to see that. Only took them 6 years to catchup to Samsung. But in mostly all those shots, the S10+ clearly did better and in the few cases where the iPhone appears to be better, the pics were over-sharpened, to much white balance and the colors are off considerably.

38. midan

Posts: 2972; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Actually the scooter photo coming from Note is better without night mode. Night mode ruins it dynamics completely, it’s just a dull photo. It’s just too bright from every part of the photo and the scooter doesn’t stand out anymore how it did without night mode. Also the scooter turn to yellowish which it wasn’t in original Note photo. It made it almost look like a day photo. Which is typical problem with night mode. When you look the iPhone shot, it has great dynamics, the scooter stands out from the photo and the photo still feels like night shot how it should be. And no the brighter photo isn’t good thing with night mode, the effect should be subtle and not over the top like it’s been so far. Well it looks like oneplus 7 pro did a good job too.

39. midan

Posts: 2972; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

From the link ”And the iPhone 11 Pro's night mode also produces better photos in my opinion — sharper details from corner to corner, and better tones and contrast to preserve a scene's mood. Whereas night mode on other phones brighten a scene to the point it looks artificial or flat, the iPhone 11 Pro's night mode more delicately balances the light and dark areas in both the foreground and background.” Exactly what i just said.

2. gadgetpower

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Of course, its cheaper so its popular among those budget conscious. But the Pro is amazing especially in camera and video.

3. limporgyuk

Posts: 369; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Holey moley, a 5 watt charger, a massive notch and a 720p lcd screen all for £700?? Only a sucker wouldn't buy one.

4. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I have to agree with you. You put them specs in any other phone and it $100

7. Subie

Posts: 2378; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I get were you're going with this scarface, but saying $100 is over reaching just to stir the pot. There's more to the package then just the screen and charger. For instance, please show me any $100 device than can compete computing wise with the A13 bionic...

16. Vancetastic

Posts: 1522; Member since: May 17, 2017

I'd be good with them being priced around 500, myself, especially with 64g and that screen. It's a mid-range device with a flagship chip.

5. whatev

Posts: 2316; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Holey moley, the note 10, 1080p screen, a cheap Face ID security system, no sd card slot, no headphone jack and the same camera as the S7, outdated firmware since release and updates for 1.5 years, just for 1000$!!! Only a sucker wouldn’t buy one

8. pimpin83z

Posts: 587; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

The Note 10 (on paper) is better than the iPhone 11 in every category except the ff camera. Think before typing next time.

10. whatev

Posts: 2316; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Processor, camera, software, accessories, etc etc etc. Think before typing next time.

18. pimpin83z

Posts: 587; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

LMAO! Accessories? Please expound.

25. Tipus

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

I know right? , who can compete with that killer 64gb storage :)))

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