iPhone 11 demand is beating expectations in the US, while the Note 10 had a 'soft' launch

iPhone 11 demand is beating expectations in the US, while the Note 10 had a 'soft' launch
The expectations of most industry analysts and market research firms for iPhone 11 series sales numbers were not exactly lofty ahead of Apple's big September 10 announcement event, but following the September 13 pre-order start and the actual September 20 release, several reports have come in to describe early demand as strong, particularly in the US.

Counterpoint Research seems to agree with that general assessment today, although the US smartphone market as a whole remained weak in Q3. Apple apparently managed to defy that trend somehow with "higher than expected" iPhone 11 sales during the handset family's first weeks of commercial availability. Unsurprisingly, no specific box-office results are shared by Counterpoint to support and substantiate the claim, but what's interesting to note is that the iPhone 11 trio reportedly got off to a better start than the iPhone XS/XS Max/XR lineup last year.

While Apple prepared a larger inventory of the entry-level, non-Pro model at launch, it was actually the top-of-the-line iPhone 11 Pro Max that unexpectedly proved the most popular of the three main variants. The smaller iPhone 11 Pro followed with the second-highest demand, whereas the affordable iPhone 11 got off to the slowest start. But things are bound to change in the near future, just like they did back in 2018, when the iPhone XR crept up on its higher-end siblings and ultimately overtook them after the XS and XS Max took the bulk of the family's early sales.

Elsewhere, Samsung apparently had a "lot of activity" stateside, including the Galaxy Note 10's first full month of sales. But even though the Note 10 and Note 10+ reportedly crushed a number of records in other key markets, their US launch was "softer" than that of the lone Note 9 variant in the fall of 2018. It's also worth pointing out that the larger (and arguably better) model exceeded the popularity of the "regular" Note 10 "out the gate", while the Galaxy S10 remained the "top seller of Android flagship smartphones within the major US carriers" during the year's third quarter, despite reporting slowly declining volumes.

Overall, combined July and August 2019 smartphone sales were down almost 10 percent compared to the same timeframe last year, while the September figures are not finalized but they're unlikely to radically change things for the full quarter scores.

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20 Comments

1. irwan92

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

Higher than" expectation". The "expectation" it's self os low thats why its higher than the expectation

2. mudcat626

Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Nice try, play again......

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1439; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

He's not wrong though, Apple expected lower demand and lowered production orders as a result.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7517; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

How the hell could YOU possibly know this my dude? You got some sources in Foxconn or something. If not... stfu with the conspiracy nonsense. It's entirely unnecessary (not to mention pointless).

16. Alcyone

Posts: 489; Member since: May 10, 2018

Wow. Who pissed in your cornflakes?

11. midan

Posts: 3016; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

According to news they ordered exact same amount of phones than last year and now they ordered 8 million more, so..

12. midan

Posts: 3016; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

” According to source of Cowen, Apple is expected to build 65 million units for the fourth quarter of 2019, which it rates as "flat" year-on-year and Apple's "lowest procurement level in the past four years." Cowen's own sell-in forecast for the quarter is 63 million, slightly below its new estimates. ”

4. Nokfan1603

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

"The iPhone 11 trio reportedly got off to a better start than the iPhone XS/XS Max/XR lineup last year". Of course it did, because last year's lineup in September did not include iPhone XR which was launched in October. We are talking about the third quarter which obviously does not include October.

7. MsPooks

Posts: 174; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Well, they're you go ruining everything with facts! :-D

5. Vancetastic

Posts: 1602; Member since: May 17, 2017

Well, this should stir things up.

6. Orion78

Posts: 210; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Riiiight.

8. MsPooks

Posts: 174; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

It shows the pent-up demand of iOS users for two-year-old Android phone features. It's nice that they're finally getting them, albeit with the "Apple" tax.

17. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

How can a beautiful girl like you (if that’s you in the pic) join the trolls in the android dark side? Such a waste :(

19. Vancetastic

Posts: 1602; Member since: May 17, 2017

Stay classy!

18. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

And yet your Android always compared to iOS because its the best smartphone in the world and always the phone to beat by all android OEMs. Apple is smashing every android in every performance both hardware and software.

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The iPhone 11 Pro Max I’ve not been able to find available in any retailer or carrier store, it’s back ordered, whereas the Note 10/10+ was available in stores on day one.

13. midan

Posts: 3016; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Four of my friends are waiting to get their Pro. Propably still two weeks wait ahead.

14. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Sgodsell must be sad again about this news. He was so sure that S10 and Note10 are the best and yet many people find apple’s flagships are the best as always.

15. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Apple doesn't need the curved screen and extra narrow screen to sell. So please Samsung get rid of those useless designs!

20. deleon629

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

The screen is curved to enhance distortion, 'phantom touches,' and other distractions from the slow updates & the fact that the consumer bought a device bringing in %1,000-profit margin due to the excessive use of glass lol

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