Budget iPhones took a huge chunk of 2019 smartphone market

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iPhone 11 in a pocket
Only the iPhone XR was able to outsell the 6.1-inch iPhone 11 last year. iPhone sales dominated the market.
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iPhone XR took the top spot in the global 2019 phone sales, according to market researchers. And these analysts highlight that the 6.1-inch iPhone 11, a model only available in the final four months of 2019, also outsold every other handset.

Apple made six of the top 10 best-selling phones in 2019.

Coronavirus forces Foxconn to keep closed all iPhone assembly plants in China

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Coronavirus-related shutdowns continue to disrupt Chinese factories.
Coronavirus-related shutdowns continue to disrupt Chinese factories.
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Foxconn reportedly won‘t be able to resume iPhone assembly on Monday. Its plants in China where Apple handsets are put together have been closed since before the Lunar New Year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and the government has allegedly forbidden them to reopen next week, literally on pain of death.

Apple’s best-ever quarter, strictly by the numbers

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A dive into Apple’s most recent financial results shows what’s really happening with the company.
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Apple pulled in more revenue and profits last quarter than it ever has before. These numbers were buoyed by strong iPhone and wearable sales. But the news isn’t all good.

Check out these charts that show with a glance how the company made its money last quarter.

Today in Apple history: iPhone sales hit first speed bump

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We officially hit "peak iPhone" in 2016.
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January 26: Today in Apple history: iPhone sales hit first speed bump January 26, 2016: After nine years of spectacular growth, iPhone sales flatline for the first time.

Numbers posted by Apple show that during the final three months of 2015, iPhone sales grew by only 0.4%. The crucial holiday season sales compare quite unfavorably with the 46% jump recorded during the same period a year earlier.

iPhone 11 solidly outsells Pro series

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iPhone 11 continues to shine while iPhone 11 Pro Max sales flatten out
Apple sold nearly three times as many iPhone 11 units as it did either of the more expensive Pro models.
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The budget iPhone 11 version was Apple’s biggest seller by a very wide margin last quarter, according to a market-research firm. It has the lion’s share of all iOS sales.

Still, the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max also sold fairly well in Q4 2019, making up a higher proportion of Apple’s total sales than the iPhone XS series did in the same period the year before.

Why the 5G iPhone might slow Apple’s sales next year

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iPhone 12 might mix iPhone 11 and iPad Pro designs
It might be years before you can use the signature feature in your 5G iPhone.
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The 5G iPhone coming this fall is widely expected to be a huge windfall for Apple. But this handset might then turn around and hurt the company next year, according to a pair of market analysts.

And their prediction is equally bad news for those planning to upgrade to the 5G iPhone.

Analysts bullish that 5G and budget iPhones will give Apple very strong 2020

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Apple boots smelter and refiners in crackdown on conflict minerals
Analysts from several market-analysis firms say the iPhone SE 2 will help propel the company to a strong year.
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Apple’s share price is more than double what it was this time last year. Cult of Mac asked prominent market-analysis firms to explain this meteoric rise. Several of them listed not just the upcoming debut of the 5G iPhone for investor optimism, but also the imminent launch of a budget model.

iPhone utterly dominates US holiday smartphone sales

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The iPhone 11, not the 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max, was the most gifted smartphone this holiday season.
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Americans activated far more iPhones during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day than Samsung handsets, or those of any other rival, according to a market-research firm. Apple completely dominated holiday smartphone sales, making nine of the 10 most activated devices that week.

This is an important metric because it’s the busiest time of the year for device activations.

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.