The iPhone X is Apple’s biggest handset refresh since 2014’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks that its highly anticipated status is set to make it a giant hit.
In a new note to investors, Kuo suggests that iPhone X preorders could exceed 40 million, and may even hit 50 million. If true, this would be a massive achievement for Apple, particularly given the high price of the handset, which some predicted would be a major strike against it.
Unfortunately, Kuo also joins the number of voices saying that supply of the new device is likely to be constrained through the first half of 2018, which could translate to roughly half of the iPhone X’s lifespan as Apple’s top-of-the-line handset. Nonetheless, despite recent rumors, Kuo thinks iPhone X is likely to be in full production by October.
The device is set to be made available for preorder on October 27, while the lucky first customers will get their hands on the device November 3.
While iPhone X soars, iPhone 8 stalls
By contrast, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have elicited minimal interest from customers. A report today suggested that the two devices may have been Apple’s most disappointing September iPhone launch in years (although the iPhone 8 Plus may have done a bit better than expected). iPhone 8 preorders and last week’s launch day also failed to make much of an impact.
Another report published today claims Apple is currently in the process of assessing demand for the iPhone X before kicking into high gear with manufacturing the flagship phone.
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