Apple’s iPhone XR is meant to represent a version of the iPhone that for the most part, shares some of the high-end features of the iPhone XS and XS Max, but is priced slightly more affordable (relatively). One might think that based on this, it could be a hit amongst customers who’d rather not shell out over $1,000 for the iPhone XS.
Unfortunately analysts continue to remain pessimistic about the iPhone XR’s sales as notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has further slashed his shipping estimates of the phone, where his new estimates for Q1 2019 are 38-42 million units versus his previous estimate of 47-52 million units.
This is actually the second time that Kuo has slashed his estimates, where in November Kuo predicted that the iPhone XR might sell 100 million units during its lifecycle down to 70 million. Of course these are just analyst estimates and for all we know, Apple could prove the naysayers wrong.
Apple themselves have defended the iPhone XR’s sales, claiming that the handset is actually the company’s most popular phone since it was launched, although since no actual numbers were provided, it’s hard to put that into context. Apple has announced that they will stop sharing the actual figures of iPhones sold, which some have taken to mean that they aren’t what they used to be, otherwise the company would be more than happy to brag about them, right?