Late iPhone X Release Hurt Apple's Market Share [Report]

Late iPhone X Release Hurt Apple's Market Share [Report]

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The late release of the iPhone X resulted in a loss of market share for Apple, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

In the three months ending October 2017, iOS share fell in key markets, making clear the impact of the flagship iPhone X not being available to buy in the month of October. And, as Windows continued to drop in share, Android was able to gain 4.3 percentage points in the big five European markets, 8.2% in the USA, and 7.5% in Japan. Urban China remained a bright spot for Apple, with its share edging up 0.5% in the latest three months to reach 17.4%.

"It was somewhat inevitable that Apple would see volume share fall once we had a full comparative month of sales taking into account the non-flagship iPhone 8 vs. the flagship iPhone 7 from 2016," said Dominic Sunnebo, Global Business Unit Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. "This decrease is significant and puts pressure on the iPhone X to perform. Considering the complete overhaul that the iPhone X offers, consumers may be postponing their purchase decisions until they can test the iPhone X and decide whether the higher price, compared to the iPhone 8, is worth the premium to them."

"As of October 2017, 35.3% of Apple's installed base customers across Europe and the USA had owned their iPhones for more than two years -- up from 30.1% a year earlier and signifying considerable pent-up demand within Apple's base. In pure value terms, it is likely the iPhone X average selling price will more than make up for a dip in sales of older iPhone models," Sunnebo added.

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Late iPhone X Release Hurt Apple's Market Share [Report]
lrsformula - December 6, 2017 at 1:49pm
Nothing can hurt Apple! xD lrs formula!
Bigjiba - December 6, 2017 at 1:39pm
It’s the price. Drop the 8. iPhone X is now the regular 8 price. Plus is this year X price. This will increase sales. Actually all the hype is gone. I can’t believe My 6s Plus is still good enough. Until Apple gives me a quality product at a reasonable price, I will run this sucker into the ground.
Clark Welling - December 6, 2017 at 1:03am
Should have never released an 8. It should have only been the X. This way everyone wouldn't have a choice and everyone would just get the X, thus not impacting sales.
Citizen Dick - December 5, 2017 at 7:37pm
How about the ridiculous prices, dropped software quality, difficulties to jailbreak in general etc.? I know why I left and it wasn't the "late" release.
Captain Japan - December 5, 2017 at 5:28pm
Apple doesn’t care about market share. They just care about sales.
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