Apple's most popular iPhone 11 variant in the US may come as a surprise to many

Apple's most popular iPhone 11 variant in the US may come as a surprise to many
The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max are (almost) here, with pre-orders underway for nearly a week now and in-store sales scheduled to kick off tomorrow, September 20. Unfortunately, Apple no longer reports iPhone volumes, focusing instead on revenue only, so we're left paying especially close attention to third-party analysts and market research firms for rough evaluations and predictions of the new lineup's mainstream popularity.

Despite not exactly overhauling the designs of their forerunners, the iPhone 11-series devices seem to be drawing a fair amount of attention thanks primarily to a bunch of major camera upgrades and significant battery life improvements. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the entry-level variant is that it undercuts last year's iPhone XR, starting at a very reasonable price of $699, which basically guarantees its future spot at the top of the world's best-selling mobile device chart

But while the non-Pro iPhone 11 appears to be outselling its higher-end siblings globally already, a new Wedbush research note (via 9To5Mac) points to a somewhat unexpected leader of the individual model rankings in the US so far.

Strong demand reported for the 256GB iPhone 11 Pro


It's true, the configuration highlighted by Wedbush analysts Daniel Ives and Strecker Backe as the most popular among all iPhone 11, Pro, and Pro Max models stateside is one that costs $1,149. Keep in mind that you can get the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone 11 Pro for 150 bucks less as well, but that particular variant only comes with 64 gigs of internal storage space, essentially forcing digital hoarders to splash the cash for four times as much room to locally stash their content.


It's a brilliant but incredibly irritating strategy on Apple's part that tends to work like a charm, puffing up its profits as the competition rarely goes below 128GB as the starting point of flagship handsets nowadays.

In terms of paint jobs, space gray and gold are reportedly proving popular with "certain models/carriers" among early iPhone 11 series adopters, even though the swanky new Midnight Green option made serious waves on social media immediately after last week's announcement event. That suggests US buyers might be more conservative than expected, which explains why they don't seem bothered by the fact the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max look almost identical to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max from 2018.

Stronger than expected overall demand for the iPhone 11 family worldwide


While this fall's iPhone sales numbers are unlikely to break any records, Wedbush is lifting its forecast from around 70 million to more than 75 million "launch units." China could be the surprise growth driver of the iPhone 11 lineup, despite intensifying trade tensions, as anywhere between 60 and 70 million iPhone owners in the region are estimated to be in the so-called "window of an upgrade opportunity."


That basically means these people are using an iPhone that's at least three years old, and although some of them will no doubt switch to the Android side, many are expected to be swayed by the price tag, dual camera system, and eye-catching colors of the "standard" iPhone 11. All in all, there might be as many as 300 million iPhone users around the world in this "upgrade window", which will likely lead to long lines at flagship stores tomorrow and steady demand over the next few months.

Apple could be looking at selling more than 185 million units during the entire fiscal year of 2020 now, which would represent a modest growth over the FY19 results at a time of general mobile industry stagnation. We're obviously talking 185 million iPhone shipments overall, including both new and old models, a number that the Cupertino-based tech giant could use to cement its "next chapter" of growth, i.e. services like Apple TV+ and Arcade.

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12 Comments

1. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I've seen even lot of iPhone X owners upgrading already because of the camera, just like i expected and same what i'm also doing. No matter what iPhone you own these new Pro iPhones are great upgrade if you like taking photographs. Big feeling that the sales going to be very positive for these new iPhones.

9. Valdomero

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I'm not that into photography so that's not a concern for me, battery life on the other hand looks so tempting... I would've get the non-pro 11 but that LCD screen is a downgrade from the OLED my X has. I guess I'll wait for the 2020 iteration, seriously I don't want to spend $1k+ for a phone that I'm not gonna use its photo capabilities to its fullest.

2. tbreezy

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Lol, where are all those stupid haters claiming these would not sell :’D Guess people still care about getting quality smartphones with long update support.

7. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Exactly where are all the familiar names who comment n every Apple article, so quiet. I wonder why ;)

12. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

Maybe because you're got the "stupid" portion of the comments pretty well covered already...

3. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Good job apple! Way to go 75million iphone 11 models for 12 months.

4. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

One reviewer says that iphone night mode takes a different approach than other OEMs. It doesn’t make the night a day time photo but instead it embraces the night and making it dramatically beautiful.

5. sachiel

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

So much for the "64GB capacity is enough" crap that many people are justifying. If they released a 128gb storage, it will sell even more. It's just sad that Apple is abusing its customers to shell out more money because the cheapest model is not practical to use.

6. TypicalGeek

Posts: 216; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Pretty good upgrade over X or 8, but I’m waiting for what they have in store next year. My X has been excellent the past few updates.

8. Valdomero

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I'm thinking of keeping my X for another year, I'm not that into photography so that's not a concern for me, I do like is the battery life tho. I would've get the non-pro 11, but that LCD screen is a downgrade from the OLED my X has.

10. Octane

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 13, 2017

Guess it’s about time I upgrade my iPhone 8plus but sad my note 8 isn’t getting Andriod 10.. and they keep bashing Apple

13. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

Too expensive, and too much "slofie" make them all a straight up no purchase for me.

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