iPhone XR shipping times remain steady, could be due to weak demand

iPhone XR shipping times remain steady, could be due to weak demand
Following its announcement on September 12, iPhone XR pre-orders finally went live yesterday ahead of the smartphone’s release next Friday, October 26. Over 24 hours later, though, it seems shipping times still remain largely unchanged.

Due to the popularity of Apple’s smartphones, estimated shipping times usually drop back quite quickly – the iPhone XS was delayed by 3-4 weeks within 24 hours, while last year’s iPhone X was delayed by 5-6. However, with the iPhone XR, this is yet to happen. In fact, at the moment, almost all orders placed are still set to arrive on launch day. The only exceptions to this are the Blue, Coral, PRODUCT(RED), and Yellow T-Mobile variants, which are expected to arrive during the week of November 5 to November 12. From the looks of things, the higher demand for T-Mobile’s models is primarily due to the fact that they can be pre-ordered without carrier info. This means users can immediately swap out the T-Mobile SIM for a different carrier’s one upon arrival. 

Now, the fact that most iPhone XR orders are still set to ship next week could suggest two things. Firstly, and in the best-case scenario, Apple has prepared a higher number of devices in anticipation for the higher demand. Secondly, and perhaps more worryingly for the company, it could mean interest in the device simply isn’t as high as expected.

Despite the possibility of the second scenario, analyst Gene Munster remains very optimistic and still expects the iPhone XR to be the top-selling iPhone over the next twelve months. Ultimately, though, Apple’s results for the final quarter of 2018 will be the true indicator of demand.

source: Apple via 9To5Mac

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1. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Typical android-arena: New iPhones are out of stock - Apple underestimated their demand - didn’t build enough phones. New iPhone ship on time - demand is low. You guys are so biased toward android in your articles it’s disgusting.

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Android Arena? I don't think I've ever heard anyone refer to this website that way. Just goes to show that you can't please everyone all of the time.

10. joshuaswingle

Posts: 625; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

First time I've read that too lol but hey, makes a change from the usual Apple-focused accusations haha. BTW, in response to the original post, Keyword in the title is COULD. And if you read the entire article you'll see that I also stated that they could have prepared more iPhones than usual in preparation for high demand. There are two possibilities.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You probably heard it from vokilam and a bunch of other iFans here who are trying to make it a thing. No one is really falling for it but they are trying hard. Also, weak demand makes sense since Apple is trying to actively cripple the cheaper option and so weak demand for it is probably a good thing for Apple.

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Apple has NEVER made more than they can sell. They make enough to cause demand so people rush to be first and then 30 days later you can walk right in and buy. I didn't even preorder the original X. I placed an order with Xfinity Mobile on retail release day and got one 2 days later. When Apple says phone orders are so many weeks out, it may not always effect every order. Even newer orders. When Apple ships they are going to different retailers and distribution hubs. So depending on where you live, if you hin still has stick, you have a chance of getting sooner than later.

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Really? Several people have said it many times to be funny or sarcastic.

8. aegislash

Posts: 1514; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

And yet here you are complaining about it instead of finding a different site? I really, really do not understand those of you who whine about it being PhoneArena or Androidarena or whatever dumb word you guys use to describe this site. There are literally hundreds of websites that cater to your preferred OS.

19. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

You’re an android in sheeps clothing.

33. Jimmil6340

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2018

Yeah I ordered a red through T-Mobile they said it would be there on 26th.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think the XR is gonna be a big hit. From now thru the holidays, it’ll sell pretty big. It is time for Apple to revamp iOS, cause it’s a little boring, but good. iOS 13 is said to do just that, and for me, can’t arrive soon enough. I enjoy using iOS, but I have to put my Max down a lot, for my Note 9, cause there’s just a lot it doesn’t do. Hopefully iOS 13 brings more power user features and a new look. This could be the reason a lotta people didn’t upgrade, the same stuff is on their current phone. fingers crossed.

23. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The thing with iPhone some store increase the price more than Apple price the XR cost $700 some store sell it for $800 $100 more just for the store.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There’s that part too. I think the XR is a nice device. The colors, battery life, screen size, and of course the ecosystem make it a compelling device for the money.

6. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Always the same news when iphones hit the market then during fiscal quarter we’ll see apple beating the previous year’s profit and higher ASP.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Beating profits isn’t the issue, that just means raising the price. Demand directly affects units moved. You missed the meaning of the article.

14. whatev

Posts: 2320; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

These news keep coming, lmao, next week the iPhone XR is selling more than the iPhone 6, the next day apple is doomed due to weak sales and Samsung is going to buy it, these news are so hilarious

15. Alcyone

Posts: 474; Member since: May 10, 2018

Mission accomplished for Apple. Push the Xs/Xs plus ahead of the Xr. People can be inpatient, and jump to the first available option. Profit was, Apple has nothing to worry about.

17. aegislash

Posts: 1514; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I really wish they had offered the XS/Max in those colors. That blue is just beautiful.


Posts: 188; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Iam iPhone 6s user. Hope apple drop the sale on XR Apple need to fakn listen what consumers want rather than forcly pushing their fancy new tech. There are people who just want to use same features why can’t they offer that as SE2 ffs

20. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

She will make alot of money regardless because she up charge 3-4 fold anyway.

28. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Its too cheap, so peoples cant brag about how expensive theirs iPhone are.

29. daveydog

Posts: 69; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

I think you are actually correct. The type that preorders an iphone is the type that cares about getting the best etc... xr is the phone that over the long term will do better as people need upgrades but no one is going to rush out to get it.

30. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

6 colors and 3 storage tiers = 18Skus. I think it will sell just fine. The orders are probably spread out because of preference.

31. perry1234

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Did people finally realize that this phone is actually as overpriced as iPhone XS/XS Max ? Seriously, spend $250 more and get those two. I could understand the conundrum last year, when iPhone 8/8 Plus used a 4 year old design but were notch-less and had TouchID. This year XR is really a tough sell. Black Friday/ Thanksgiving should sweeten the deal even more.

32. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 192; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

It seems Apple have managed the impossible - they have managed to produce a product so poor and overpriced that even iTards can see through it!

34. Rager722 unregistered

This is the second worst iPhone after the 5C

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