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iPhone XR Demand Lower Than Expected [Report]

iPhone XR Demand Lower Than Expected [Report]

Posted December 14, 2018 at 4:27pm by iClarified
Demand for the new iPhone XR has been lower than expected, according TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst slashed his overall iPhone shipment forecast by 20% for Q1 2019 to 38-42 million units from 47-52 million.

We have reduced our 1Q19 iPhone shipment estimation by 20% to 38–42mn units (vs. our previous forecast of 47–52mn): We cut the 1Q19 iPhone shipment estimation again for the following reasons. (1) Lower-than-expected XR demand. We have reduced our 1Q19 XR shipment estimation to 15–20mn units vs. our previous forecast of 20–25mn units. (2) The increase in orders of legacy iPhone models cannot offset the decline of XR and XS series shipments because of the low season impact.

In 2018, Apple sold 52.2 million iPhones in the first quarter so Kuo's forecast would be a significant year over year decline. For the iPhone XR, Kuo revised his Q1 2019 estimate to 15-20 million units from 20-25 million.

Kuo predicts Apple will ship between 205 to 210 million iPhones this year. That number is forecasted to decline in 2019 by up to 10% for a total of 188 to 194 million. While unit sales may be down, Apple's increased average selling price could help offset the decline.

We believe that the iPhone ASP could at least keep growing YoY until 3Q19, and it will offset the YoY shipment decline. However, most suppliers will face growth challenges due to iPhone shipment decline. We believe that specific suppliers can grow, thanks to the component price increase or the ability to obtain new orders, but the visibility of the beneficiary list will not be clear until 1Q19 because some spec and order allocations of 2H19 new iPhone models are not confirmed yet.

Apple has resorted to some uncharacteristic marketing techniques to help bolster sales this holiday season but its unclear if they are having a positive effect.

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[via MacRumors]

iPhone XR Demand Lower Than Expected [Report]
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charlydx21 - December 16, 2018 at 1:52am
GOOD! Now lower your prices apple. Enough of this monopoly even thou there’s millions of apple sheeps that will buy a new product only cause of the color change Smfh.
NoGoodNick - December 15, 2018 at 4:28am
As I was saying before my post self-posted, you can’t charge premium prices for a whole host of products, as there’s no justification to pay those exorbitant prices. To charge those rates, you’ve got to limit what you offer to flagship products. Tim Cook has no clue how the Apple mystique works. But that’s OK. Apple plans to ‘solve’ the problem by no longer admitting how terrible their sales really are. No wonder their stock price is tanking. I love Apple, but they officially screwed the pooch this time!
NoGoodNick - December 15, 2018 at 4:20am
If you’re going to charge premium prices, the product best stand out as a top of the line item. When you launch three separate premium products, one after another, users feel manipulated and refuse to play. But that’s OK,
wikki1977 - December 14, 2018 at 5:05pm
Features sucks on that phone , low quality resolution to begin with , they should have focus on XS and XS MAX and priced them low
NoGoodNick - December 14, 2018 at 11:23pm
The problem was, they utterly abandoned the previous years flagship, putting the future of every model in doubt, and then dumped three different models (all oversized), leaving users to guess which might survive. Is it any wonder none sold well? Everyone is waiting until next year when Apple may figure out which model they’ll support going forward. Scattershot flagship products is a stupid marketing choice. It tells users Apple has no clue which horse they’re betting on.
A-Non-E-Moose - December 14, 2018 at 4:40pm
But the VP said it is the most popular iPhone yet!
curtixman - December 14, 2018 at 4:51pm
Ah but that’s not what he said. Apple is extraordinarily crafty with respect to twisting statements. What he said was “the iPhone XR has been Apple’s top selling iPhone since launch”. At first glance that would seem to read that the iPhone XR is the best selling phone ever. However, what that statement actually says is only that it has outsold the other phones that Apple has been retailing since the XR was launched. So, when Apple says that the XR is not Not selling as well as they would have liked. What they are also saying is that all of apples other phones are selling even more poorly.
ISKOTB - December 14, 2018 at 4:38pm
because it's overpriced
curtixman - December 14, 2018 at 4:34pm
No? Literally no one saw that coming :/
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