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According to Yahoo Finance, Apple has told its Chinese channel partners to cut the price of iPhone XR, XS and XS Max yesterday. This comes after the news of poor iPhone sales from analysts and media outlets, in which Apple will boost sales through a series of measures, such as adjusting the price through carriers or third-party resellers, and restarting the production of discontinued iPhone X.


The iPhone XR is the one that got the biggest price cut, which is said to receive a discount of 600 yuan ($88), and that has reduced the iPhone XR price to 5380 yuan ($773). In general, the price of most iPhones has dropped by around 400 yuan. It is uncommon for the Apple to cut iPhone prices soon after it is released. The most recent one happened after the release of the iPhone in early 2007.
Apple cut the price of the iPhone XR for channel partners in China on Tuesday by about $100, Yahoo Finance has learned.

A tier 1 Apple partner, which buys directly from Apple and sells to distributors and end-retailers, dropped the iPhone XR’s price from 5980 yuan ($881) on Monday to 5380 yuan ($793) with a 150 yuan ($22) coupon. Yahoo Finance confirmed that the partner received a notice from Apple on Tuesday to cut prices to boost sales. Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.
It's unclear if the company plan to do in other countries as well, though I don't think so, as Tim Cook believes that China is the main concern that it lowered the Q1 19 revenue guidance, while didn't mentioning any other markets, therefore, Apple will only focus the market that it didn't performed well as it expected, and fix it right way.

According to a report from the Japanese media Nikkei, Apple has asked its suppliers to cut production of the 2018 iPhone by 10% in the next three months. It is understood that Apple requested suppliers at the end of last month to reduce their iPhone production in the January-March quarter.



This is already the second time Apple has to cut iPhone production. The report pointed out that Apple made this decision before it announced last week that it would cut its revenue forecast for the first quarter of FY 2019. iPhone models that cut production include the latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Various factors such as weak iPhone sales in the Chinese market, economic slowdown the ongoing trade war, and cheap battery replacement, Apple just recently lowered its revenue forecast for the first quarter of 2019 from US$89 billion in November last year to US$84 billion. With the cut in iPhone production, Apple's revenue in this year may also be affected.

Nevertheless, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Wednesday that the report that the iPhone XR is a failed product and suffered from poor sales is not accurate, touting the device is the best-selling model every day since the launch. It's unclear who is telling the truth, though I would lean to Tim Cook, considering Nikkei is not as often as reliable.

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The newest report from CIRP provides the latest sale data of iPhone XR, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Max. The insight for this time was focused on November this year, in which data shows that iPhone XR accounts for 32% of total iPhone sales. the share is lower than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus at the same time in 2017, though iPhone XR sale percentage were higher than iPhone X last year.


Since Apple changed its new iPhone launch strategy in the past two years, it is a bit challenging to compare models to models. Last year's iPhone X accounted for 30% of total iPhone sales in November last year, while iPhone 8 and 8 Plus accounted for 39%, so iPhone XR is somewhere in between.

CIRP also found that in all iPhone buyers, 82% were former iPhone users, whereas 16% were Android users. When the iPhone X was released in November last year, 86% who chose to upgrade were iPhone users, while 11% were Android switchers. But, when the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus was launched last September, 87% upgraded from an iPhone, and 12% upgraded from Android.

Noted that the study is based on 165 US customers who purchased an iPhone XR in the 30 days after it was launched, such results don't represent all iPhone users. Despite analysts says that iPhone XR suffered from lower-than-expected sales, data from third-party data analytics companies and Apple tells us a different story.

Following reports of iPhone XS and XR faces lower-than-expected sales, Nomura analyst Anne Lee said in a report today that the iPhone sales will continue to decline next year. She said that the look of the 2019 iPhones will not be changed, and the size is the same as this year's iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, but will add more AR features. (Via Barron)



Furthermore, Lee predicts that 2019 will be the last year that Apple will use the iPhone X design language, the company will redesign the iPhone for new technologies such as 5G and AR, but the new iPhone will not debut until 2020. Anne Lee forecast that iPhone sales will reach 204 million in FY 2019 and fall to only 200 million units in the following year.
“We think the three new iPhones in 2H19F will likely have the same form factors (body size and displays) as the 2H18 iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, with some added AR [augmented reality]-related features,” she wrote in a research report published Friday.
Meanwhile, Mixpanel data suggests that 2018 iPhone adoption is much slower compared to previous versions. However, the iPhone XR still outsold by iPhone XS and XS Max. Older iPhone models such as the iPhone X and iPhone 8 also saw a steady increase, with iPhone X has a adoption of 11.84%, as iPhone XS Max has 2.91%.

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Apple has released few iPhone accessories today for users: the new iPhone XR clear case that let you protect the device while showing off its colorful body, and the 18W USB-C power adapter that's introduced alongside the 2018 iPad Pros. The company has also announced that the HomePod will be coming to the Chinese market in early 2019, as it released HomePod Update 12.1.1 with Chinese language support.



The iPhone XR clear case, as we said before, lets you enjoy the look of iPhone XR while providing extra protection, and you don't have to take off the case when wireless charging. The case retails for $39 in the United States, you can now order it on Apple's online store, will be delivered this Friday.

Apple is also selling the 18W power adapter for $29, that allows you to fast charge your 2018 iPad Pro, as well as previous iPad Pros, iPhone 8, iPhone X, or iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR devices with a Lightning to USB-C cable. You can purchase the product here.

Despite that many media outlets and supply chain sources claimed that low sales on iPhones and mass production changes, Greg Joswiak, Apple's product marketing chief, sat down for an interview with CNET today to discuss consumer responses to the iPhone XR, where he said that the iPhone XR has been the best-selling iPhone every day since it got released on October 26.



Joswiak pointed out that since that release, iPhone XR is Apple's best-selling iPhone every day that the iPhone XR has: "been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available", says the Vice President of Product Marketing at Apple, but didn't reveal how much how units they have sold, as the company announced at its last earnings call that it would stop reporting iPhone unit sales.

However, multiple reports suggested that Apple reduced orders for iPhone XR due low-than-expected demand and plus Apple informed supply chain to restart iPhone X production. And, just this Monday, the iPhone XR saw a $100 price cut in Japan over carriers' two-year contract deal,  it's not clear who is telling the truth, but the news will definitely help Apple stock to back on the right track.

In addition, the VP also talked about the ongoing RED partnership, and that they will again promote the World's AIDs Day on December 1st. With every $1 for each purchase made in Apple Pay via Apple Stores, Apple Store app, or Apple.com will donate to the organizations, at the same time, all 125 Apple retail stores logo will turn into red.

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Last week, a WSJ report says that Apple will lower the price of the iPhone XR in Japan, since the $750 handset sees a disappointing sales in the country due to carrier contracts. And now, customers in Japan can expect about $100 off over the life of their plan, as we expect other carriers to follow suit in the coming days.



Apple’s strategy to reduce the iPhone XR price in Japan is mainly relies on device subsidies to attract customers,. After all, iPhone XR sales are not as stable as iPhone 8 Plus. Perhaps because of its price, iPhone XR may mirror what happened with the iPhone 5c in 2013. Noted that iPhone dominates the smartphone market in Japan, that being said, hopefully the demand will pick up after the discount.

Due to lower-than-expected demand for XR in the country, Apple is believed to tell carriers to discount XR models more significantly. Japanese customers seem to have not switches to Android, but rather purchased iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. However, don't expect the price of the iPhone XR to drop everywhere. Apple will be considered if it necessary to increase sales by lower iPhone costs.

Lower-than-expected iPhone XS and XS Max sales also leads Apple to restart iPhone X production (which discounted in September) and sell it in certain markets. The problem is we don't know when will it available to consumers, and it's unclear how much they will price the smartphone at. (Via 9to5Mac)

According to sources from the Wall Street Journal, Apple will lower the price of the iPhone XR in Japan, with the price reduction strategy will start as soon as next week, since the $750 iPhone sees a disappointing sales in the country due to carrier contracts. In addition, the iPhone 8 is still very popular in Japan. Currently, it is unclear how much the iPhone XR price will be lowered.



Apple’s strategy to reduce the iPhone XR price in Japan is mainly to better promote this new handset. After all, iPhone XR sales are not as stable as iPhone 8 Plus. Perhaps because of its price, iPhone XR may mirror what happened with the iPhone 5c in 2013, then the demand picked up the following year, analysts predicted.
Analysts say weaker-than-expected demand for iPhone XR may mirror what happened with the iPhone 5c in 2013, where sales picked up the following year. Apple's higher-priced XS and XS Max models, released a month earlier, appeal more to tech's early adopters who typically fuel initial sales of new iPhones.
At the same time, Apple plans to restart iPhone X production (which discounted in September) and sell it in certain markets. For Apple, lowering the price of a product is a very rare case. In some markets, If the sales of the device fall short of expectations, Apple will choose a price reduction strategy. One again produce the iPhone X allows Apple to consume exceedingly OLED screen components, it's unclear which specific countries or regions' consumers will be available to purchase this.

Ming-Chi Kuo's latest research note apparently cutting his shipment estimates for the iPhone XR down to 70 million units, which previously was 100 million. He lists several factors such as the ongoing trade war with China, users' expectation for a affordable device, as well as competition from other smartphone brand like Huawei, he believes that the decline will be offset by higher demand for iPhone XS.

We have reduced our iPhone XR shipment estimation from 100mn units to 70mn during the new product lifecycle (4Q18–3Q19) for the following reasons: 1) Negative impacts on consumer confidence from the trade war, especially in the Chinese market, 2) expectations from more users for more affordable XR or the dual-camera and narrower bezel design to be provided at the current price level, and 3) competition from Huawei's Mate 20 series. We have reduced our XR shipment estimations for 4Q18, 1Q19, and 2Q19 by 30–35%, 25–30%, and 25–30% to 30–35, 20–25, and 10–15mn units, respectively.
The analyst also reducing his overall iPhone shipment forecasts by 15–20 percent for the first quarter of 2019. Kuo also lowered his first-quarter estimate to only 47–52 million from a previous range of 55–60 million. Since Apple has stopped reporting iPhone sales, it will be tough to find out that how many they sold and made how much money from it.

Impacted by the news, Apple's stock today isn't pretty, as matter of fact, the stock dropped 4% as of right now, its market cap also went to from 1.05 trillion a couple weeks ago to $930 billion at the current time.

The iPhone XR doesn't have a pressure-sensitive screen, meaning it lacks 3D Touch, Apple introduced a way to replace 3D Touch to a certain extent, which is Haptic Touch, long press certain action to simulate 3D Touch, such as long press the space bar on the keyboard for the touchpad mode, and long press the flashlight on the lock screen for flash.

However, the Haptic Touch is still very limited, for instance, the Notification Center's Peek and Pop can not able to view richer notification content. Because of that, in the latest iOS 12.1.1 Beta 2, the Haptic Touch seems to have expanded. on iPhone XR, you now just need to long press the notification banner to see more content, which previously requires the user to swipe left and then click View.

The difference between Haptic Touch and the 3D Touch is response time, 3D Touch gestures can be done immediately, while the Haptic Touch requires a long press, which results in a long delay. Nevertheless, the long-press to view Notification feature also not available on iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and the iPod Touch 6.

We should expect iOS 12.1.1 to be released likely end of the month or early of next month

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According to data provided by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, strong sales of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max at the end of the third quarter helped Apple gained a share growth in the US, Australia and China smartphone markets.


Early sales of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models in the US are decent, which is good news for Apple, coupled with continued strong growth of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. At the same time, the iPhone 8 is the best-selling iPhone in the US this quarter, accounting for 9.4% of the smartphone market. With the release of the iPhone XR, Kantar expects Apple's market share to rise further at the end of the year.

Apple's growth rate in Australia is 3.8%, while in China is 1.3%. However, the iPhone's share in the European market fell by 1.6%, with a growth of only 0.5% in Germany and a 4.1% decline in Spain. According to Kantar Worldpanel, this is related to fierce competition from Chinese brands, especially Huawei and Xiaomi.

It is worth mentioning that although Chinese brands have weakened Apple's market share, according to Kantar Worldpanel, brands such as Sony and LG are the most affected. In addition, due to the delay in the launch of the iPhone XR, so it's not included in the list, instead, its impact will be reflected in the next quarter's data.

However, a report from Nikkei suggest the sales of iPhone XR doesn't look good at all, in fact, Apple has canceled additional production plan due to the "disappointing demand". Still, this needs to be taken grant of salt, as they don't have good track records in recent years.

At the end of last month, the iPhone XR, although the price is relatively "cheap", the iPhone XR does not shrink in terms of core configurations, so there is naturally no problem in entering top performance rankings. Now, Antutu released the iOS performance rankings for October 2018 based on the statistics from the back-end database.


The iPhone XS Max was overtaken by the iPhone XS, the latter scored an average of 353,475, while the XS Max's average score was 352,076. In the meantime, the iPhone XR, which was just on sale, ranked third with an average score of 335,779, with a gap of nearly 20,000 points compared to the two other phones.

However, iPhone XR has the difference in memory, processor frequency and so on compared to iPhone XS series, there's no gap whatsoever. The two iPad Pros with A10X processors are ranked four & five, while last year's iPhone X with A11 is closely behind these two tablets: the first generation of 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad (2018).

It is probably the last time that the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR claims the top 3 spots since the new generation of iPad Pro equipped with A12X will be launched this Friday, its hardware specifications have a significant improvement over A12, so wait and see.

The launch of the new smartphones always can't escape the fate of being dropped via drop tests, and according to the latest test results of SquareTrade, a well-known warranty provider, Apple's low-priced iPhone XR is as breakable as the high-end iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.


Test results show that, like the OLED iPhone XS with a glass body, the iPhone XR's LCD display with aluminum frame glass back panel are severely damaged when dropped on a hard surface. In the "face-down" drop test, the iPhone XR's LCD display breaks after the first fall, as it was the case when iPhone XS screen cracks during the previous drop test.

However, The iPhone XR successfully passed the bending test and beat the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, which is comparable to the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XR bent under 260 pounds of pressure, but it doesn't break. It still works like the iPhone XS Max, whereas the iPhone XS got damaged under 250 pounds of pressure.

The iPhone XR's LCD screen has similar durability to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max OLED screens. Jason Siciliano, global creative director of SquareTrade: "Our tests show that across the board - with both LCD and OLED screens - the all-glass designs of all three new iPhones are susceptible to cracking from drops, which is the most common cause of damage".

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Apple's cheapest and newest smartphone, iPhone XR, officially launched today, whilst users are hands-on this device, iFixit also picked up one, and as always, they did a traditional teardown that designed to find out what's inside the $749 handsets and specs info.



iFixt says though the inside is little different from the high-end iPhone XS, the specs look quite familiar. The difference is that the SIM tray in the iPhone XR is modular and lower, the internals of the Xr looks like a cross between an iPhone 8 and an iPhone X, meaning it backs to a rectangular battery and a logic board design.

Spec wise, it pretty much identical to the iPhone XS series, with an A12 Bionic chip, an Apple/USI 339S00580 WiFi/Bluetooth module, an NXP 100VB27 NFC controller, same 7MP TrueDepth front-facing camera system with Face ID molecules, same single-lens 12MP camera but packed with 3GB of RAM rather than 4GB of RAM in the iPhone XS, low resolution Liquid Retina LCD display with 326 PPi, and a 2942mAh battery capacity.


Updates:, the teardown has completed, so iFixit calls iPhone XR as the Lost Of iPhone 9, meaning it's mix of between last year's iPhone 8 and iPhone X, they further confirm that the device has a same wide-angle camera as on the XS. At last, the site highlights that even though XR battery weighs lighter than the XS, still very respectable for a low pixel screen.

Apple has officially launched iPhone XR, which means you can purchase the smartphone in your local Apple stores, and if you preordered the iPhone like last Friday, you should receive it today. However, users living in Australia, New Zealand, countries in Asia, and Europe already got their hands-on of the device, with North America very soon to get it.


As always, Apple CEO Tim Cook oftenly visits Apple stores for iPhone launch day, with this time in the company's Piazza Liberty store in Milan, taking pictures with customers and employees for iPhone XR release. Nevertheless, many locations hardly see any customers lined up for the devices, as more consumers prefer online pre-orders,

The iPhone XR come in black, white, blue, yellow, coral and red colors and offer 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB tiers. It includes A12 bionics processor with a new generation of neural network engines. The chip itself, provide up to 40% in performance improvements and 70% graphic improvements, but only packed with 3GB of RAM.

The iPhone XR uses a bigger battery than iPhone XS Max, so it should offer a battery life of up to 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 Plus, Alongside the IP67 water resistance, Haptic Touch instead of 3D Touch, Gigabit LTE Advanced. and the TrueDepth front-facing camera for Face ID and Animoji, and Memoji as well.

The rear panel uses Glass Back to enable wireless charging feature, and is equipped with a 12MP sing-lens camera with upgraded sensors, and supports same iPhone XS features such as Smart HDR, Depth Control, etc. After all, the iPhone XR is quite similar to the XS series.

The Apple online store in countries like USA and China, the delivery time of the iPhone XR has been postponed, which means that the first supply has been sold out. iPhone XR shipping time for all colors and capacities is displayed from November 5th to November 12th, in other words, if you placed orders today, they won't arrive until the early of next month.


In China, however, is better than the US, with the iPhone XR shipping time is displayed from October 31st to November 7th. The iPhone XR opened pre-order on Friday and the supply is sufficient for a while. Not just China, the UK, Japan, Germany, and many more countries are also no longer available for launch day delivery, which is in this Friday.

While that might be a good sign of being extremely popular, other medias' reviews on the smartphone were also pretty positive, some says it's the best LCD display to date, some says the camera is decent compares to iPhone XS's dual-lens setup, battery life is amazing as well.

The iPhone XR come in black, white, blue, yellow, coral and red colors and offer 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB tiers. You can get the budget iPhone for just $749, though in many ways are similar to the XS, it's definitely worth to buy!

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As expected, as the iPhone XR opened Pre-order window last Friday, news about the new smartphone has appeared throughout many media outlets. We have summed up a couple major news including Kuo's prediction of iPhone XR demand higher than iPhone 8, Apple's SVP Phil Schiller talks about the PPi of iPhone XR's display:


Firstly, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says in a newly published report that iPhone XR's demand was better than iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus during the same period last year. Though Apple.com shows that shipping estimates remain launch day delivery, the type of customers interested in the phone tends to be general users, who order through carriers.

Furthermore, some people may still be questioning the display quality of the$ 749 handsets, however, Apple's marketing boss Phil Schiller spoken to Engadget that if users can' tell the pixels, then the number doesn't mean anything. "If you can't see the pixels, at some point the numbers don't mean anything. They're fairly arbitrary," says Phil Schiller.

Schiller also discussed that what the "R", in which he didn't directly reveal it, but rather it means that is used denote something it's "really extra special". The marketing chief too believes the iPhone XR is the best and is a great value device and affordable for many people.

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It has been 48 hours since the iPhone XR allows to pre-order. In general, the current iPhone XR supply is stable in several major markets such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. In some markets like China, however, all of the models delayed its delivery times, but usually only limited to 1-2 weeks till it will ship to customers.


In the US, T-Mobile's Red, Yellow, Coral, and Blue iPhone XR, delayed ship time to the early of the November. Asides from T-Mobile, all other US major carrier will be able to ship iPhone XR models on time, which will be on October 26th.

The UK, on the other hand, the Yellow, Coral and Red 64GB models increased its delivery date to 1-2 weeks. In Japan, the Blue 64GB, Yellow 64GB, Coral 64GB, and Red 64GB, 256GB shipping date extended to 1 ~ 2 weeks, other models remain October 26th.

For those iPhone XR buyers in Hong Kong, the delivery date for all models and models are on October 27th to 31st. Meanwhile, in Mainland China, all iPhone XR models will not be available for delivery on October 26, but rather the date pushes to October 30th to November 6th, overall, status isn't solid for Chinese customers.

You can pre-order the iPhone XR! The new iPhone XR combines many of the innovative features from iPhone XS series, though they did sacrifice some components, it's cheaper: at 749 vs iPhone XS's $999. For those users who placed orders for the new affordable iPhone should expect the in-store pickup and delivery on Friday, October 26.


The iPhone XR is packed with full of innovative technologies, including the A12 bionics with a new generation of neural network engines, the smartest and most powerful chip ever, bringing immersive augmented reality into life. The chip itself, provide up to 40% in performance improvements, and over 70% graphic improvements, is just quick,

The iPhone XR can also provide the battery life required for a day, uses a bigger battery than iPhone XS Max, so it should offer a battery life of up to 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 Plus. Moreover, it includes IP67 water resistance, Haptic Touch instead of 3D Touch, Gigabit LTE Advanced. and the TrueDepth front-facing camera for Face ID and Animoji.

Design wise, it is quite similar to the XS series, but with the aluminum metal frame design alongside a stunning 6.1-inch most advanced Liquid Retina Display. The iPhone XR is available in black, white, blue, yellow, coral and red. The rear panel uses Glass Back to enable wireless charging feature, and is equipped with a 12MP sing-lens camera with upgraded sensors, and supports same iPhone XS features such as Smart HDR, Depth Control, etc.

As of now, it seems like some colors started selling out and became unavailable for launch day delivery in the United States. For instance, T-Mobile apparently started to sell out Yellow iPhone XR models. Nevertheless, all other models still remain in stock.

Apple's new iPhone XS and XS Max already went sales on more than dozens of countries as of now, however, the company is plan to make the smartphone available in 30 more countries and territories on Friday, October 26 and Friday, November 2.


Specifically, for countries like Chile, Colombia, Malaysia, and Thailand, they can pre-order the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max on Friday, October 19, and to officially launches on October 26. As for other nations, Apple says these models will be available in more than 10 additional countries including South Korea on Friday, November 2.

Just a reminder, iPhone XR pre-orders window opens this Friday in more than 50 countries, & 13 more afterwards, with in-store pickup and delivery beginning October 26th. A good news is if you’re in the iPhone Upgrade Program, you can register for pre-approval, which allows you directly go through the checkout process via Apple Store app (Recommend)

Here are the countries that will accept iPhone XR pre-orders: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.

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