Apple has enjoyed a decent run with its latest iPhones- the iPhone XS and the XS Max, but the best is yet to come, according to renowned analysts Ming-Chi Kuo. As per the analyst who often accurately predicts Apple's future device plans, the Apple iPhone XR which is set to go on sale later this month will be the top-selling iPhone this year. The analyst predicts that more people would upgrade to the iPhone XR this year than to the iPhone XS and the XS Max. The Apple iPhone XR would go on sale in India from October 19 and would be in stores on October 26, starting at Rs 76,900 for the 64GB storage variant.
Apple Expecting to Ship 38 Million iPhone XR Units During Q4 2018
According to a MacRumor report on Monday, Kuo said that Apple is now expected to ship 36 to 38 million iPhone XR units in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 10 per cent from an original estimate of 33 to 35 million units. In a note to investors, Kuo also said Apple would continue to offer 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones in 2019, along with one 6.1-inch LCD model.
Kuo has also revised his estimate for total iPhone shipments to 78 million to 83 million units from his earlier 75 to 80 million. Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the same period in 2017.
"We believe that replacement demand for XR will be better than it was for the iPhone 8 series last year because of XR's larger display, longer battery life, dual-SIM support, and new form factor design," Kuo said in the note to investors. The affordable iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD screen with liquid Retina display and aluminium body instead of a steel one.
Apple iPhone XS Max Reportedly Outselling the iPhone XS
For the first time ever, Apple has launched an iPhone with a massive 6.5-inch display and at a starting price of $1,199 in the US and Rs 1,09,900 in India. But that isn't stopping the customers from getting hands on the bigger iPhone ever. The same analyst earlier predicted that the iPhone XS Max is outpacing the sales of iPhone XS because the iPhone X users have no reason to upgrade to the XS, but if they want a bigger screen, they can choose the iPhone XS Max. It's said that the demand for iPhone XS Max is 3-4 times better than that of iPhone XS.
With Inputs from IANS.