Respected Apple analyst KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo says that customer interest in the iPhone X continues to climb — with manufacturers ramping up their production to meet Apple’s demands.
Kuo claims that Foxconn is currently shipping 440,000 to 550,000 iPhone X units per day, representing an enormous increase on the 50,000 to 100,000 units being shipped each day just a couple months back.
Plenty of early reports suggested that the iPhone X would be difficult to come by in its first few months on the market, largely due to production problems involving components such as the 3D depth sensor crucial for Face ID. Fortunately, Apple was able to overdeliver in spectacular fashion and, today, iPhone X availability is within just a couple of weeks of orders being taken.
As a result of this, Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that iPhone X shipments for the fourth calendar quarter of 2017 could be, “10-20 percent higher than previously estimated.” The flip side of this is that shipments for early 2018 could be slightly lower than expected, since orders that would otherwise have been fulfilled early next year likely will be filled during Q4.
The iPhone X, a major success
In keeping with its policy in recent years, Apple hasn’t given any indication of iPhone X sales thus far, nor of the sales split between the next-gen iPhone X and the marginal upgrades that are the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Neither received an Apple discount as part of its Black Friday offers, however, which suggests that Cupertino is having absolutely no problems getting the handsets into the hands of customers, despite their $1,000 price tag.
Late last week, the iPhone X went on sale in 13 new countries, bringing the total availability to 70 countries.
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