iPhone shipments slip as Samsung surges

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Long-term iPhone XR demand could eventually lead to greater sales than the iPhone XS.
Weak demand for the 2018 models hurt iPhone sales in Q3 2019.
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Apple’s two largest competitors enjoyed growth in smartphone sales last quarter, with both Samsung and Huawei up. iPhone sales dropped, however.

The market analysts at Canalys credited the decline to weak demand for the 2018 iPhone models as customers anticipated Apple’s 2019 offerings.

By the numbers: Apple crushes it again

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Revenue from iPad and accessories like Apple TV is up, but iPhone and Mac are down.
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A quick glance at the Apple Q4 2019 earnings report shows the company just finished a record three months, but a deeper dive into the numbers reveals how Apple managed to pull in more revenue than it ever has in a July-through-September period, including strong increases from wearables, iPad and Services.

iPhone 11 sales took off like a rocket

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The more-affordable iPhone 11 is outselling either of the Pro series models.
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The iPhone 11 along with the Pro series reportedly accounted for a sizable chunk of Apple’s August-through-September handset sales, even though they were only available for two weeks during that quarter.

The most popular new model is the 6.1-inch iPhone 11, which costs significantly less than that iPhone 11 Pro series.

iPhone 11 sales close to exceeding Apple’s expectations

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iPhone 11 sales are making a splash.
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iPhone is selling at a rate that almost beats Apple’s production target. The company gave its component suppliers a range of units it expected to sell this year, and actual sales are reportedly at the very top of that estimate.

This is the latest report indicating that the iPhone 11 is selling far better than some predicted before its launch.

Today in Apple history: iPhone 6 sells record 10 million units at launch

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Apple finally cracked the 10 million sales opening weekend benchmark.
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September 22: Today in Apple history: iPhone 6 sells record 10 million units at launch September 22, 2014: Apple notches a new sales record with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, selling a massive 10 million units in the first weekend the handsets go on sale.

The eagerly anticipated phones bring a redesigned form factor that will persist for years. The most obvious change? Larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays that lure phablet fans. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also boast an A8 chip, improved iSight and FaceTime cameras, and — significantly — Apple Pay.

Pricier iPhone 11 Pro models outsell cheaper iPhone 11

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Despite starting at $300 more than the more basic iPhone 11, Apple’s Pro series is selling well.
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Combined sales of the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are higher than for the more affordable non-Pro version, according to a reliable analyst.

The top-tier models are reportedly selling better than their replacements did at the same time last year.

Lower iPhone 11 price shows Apple got the message [Opinion]

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The iPhone 11 will bring a serious boost in sales because it’s what people asked for.
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You spoke and Apple listened. There was widespread criticism that last year’s iPhones were too expensive, and so the just-announced iPhone 11 is a better device for less money.

Even as the target of negative comments, the iPhone XR was the world’s best-selling smartphone for many months. The cheaper replacement is going see even stronger sales because the iPhone 11 is certainly a better value.

Trump tariffs could drop iPhone sales 20%

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Demand for the iPhone 11 could drop significantly if Apple raises its cost to offset new import taxes imposed by Pres. Trump.
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No matter what President Trump keeps insisting, his upcoming tariffs on all Apple products will be paid for either by the company or by Americans who buy iPhones, iPads and Macs.

A market-analysis firm warns that If Apple chooses to pass the cost of these import taxes onto its customers, sales of iPhone could drop 20%.

Apple’s installed base will soon pass 1.5 billion devices

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Even older MacBooks, iPads and iPhones boost Apple’s revenue.
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The total number of all Apple computers in active use is growing strongly, and is about to pass the 1.5 billion mark. This includes Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

That said, most of the total are iPhones. An industry analyst predicts there will be a billion of these in active use by early next year.

iPhone sales drop double digits as rivals thrive

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The iPhone XS is thought to be too similar to the iPhone X to sell well.
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Apple just finished its third consecutive quarter with declining year-over-year iPhone sales. That’s left the company solidly in third place behind Samsung and Huawei, both of whom saw an uptick.

Some analysts blame Apple’s problem on a lack of innovation in the 2018 iPhone models.