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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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Not long ago, a number of Apple suppliers have lowered their sales expectations, which means that the sale performance of the new iPhone does not seem to be as expected. Today, news from the Wall Street Journal said that Apple continues to cut orders, with time time including the iPhone XS and XS Max, a claim made by the people who familiar with the matter.

Due to the slower growth of the overall global smartphone market and the low demand in the Chinese market, Apple seems unable to predict the how much they will sold with these three new iPhones, it is said that report of iPhone orders being cutted also frustrating several of its suppliers. however, they also make products competitors, so it doesn't necessarily means it's Apple's fault.



At the moment, it is unclear how the iPhone sales are lower than expected for Apple. Though the sales of the new iPhone are lower than expected, the old iPhones like the X, 8 Plus, and even the 7 remains very popular, plus that Apple's Service business is also very successful.

Earlier this month, reports that claimed the iPhone XR orders were cut by a third, while iPhone XS and XS Max orders were cut in small amounts, which led to a 5% drop in Apple stock AAPL, but also lost the Trillion-dollar market cap crown and $100B in stock value.

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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.

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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According to market analyst firm CIRP, early sales of the iPhone XS series were pretty strong, both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max can be said to be equally divided. Specifically, CIRP found that the 10-day sales of the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max accounted for 8% of iPhone sales in September in the United States.


The iPhone XS family has a combined market share of 16%, which means that iPhone XS sales will surpass the entire quarterly sales of all iPhone models last year. In contrast, last year, iPhone X accounted for 14% of total iPhone sales during the launch season, while iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were more popular, accounting for 16% and 17% of total sales, respectively.

The iPhone launch quarter is always tricky to understand, and this one is trickier than others” said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. “This year, Apple launched iPhone XS and XS Max, the two most-expensive models, at the end of the quarter. Last year, Apple launched the more-expensive iPhone X in the following quarter. So, during the quarter ending September 29, 2018, Apple had an unprecedented ten models to track."

However, CIRP said that the new iPhone will push Apple's average selling price in the US market to an unprecedented level. They actually used a slightly different measure, in the September 2018 season, CIRP estimated the price of the iPhone XS was $796, that is up from the $751 in the June 2018 season and higher than the $705 in the September 2017 season.

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.

Are you plan to pre-order the iPhone XR, let us know in the comment section below!

As 2018 iPhones already on sales, analysts have begun to turn their attention to the iPhone in 2019. Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a new research report on Monday that 2018 iPhones will have the same dust and water resistance rating as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, while the iPhone XR still use the IP67 water resistance level.


In the report, Kuo points out that the dust resistance and water resistance level of the iPhone series will continue to be IP68 in 2019, without adding extra protection, but it will not be reduced. The report didn't provide additional info on the 2019 iPhones, reports the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News.

Compared to the iPhone X in 2017, Apple has made some water resistance upgrades on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, including the improvements of dust and water resistance level, from last year's IP67 to this year's IP68, which means the iPhone XS can guarantee protection in water up to 1.5m deep for like 30 minutes.

We can also expect iPhones in 2019 will be capable of support 5G network, that's 20 times faster than the 4G. Reports also suggest these devices be featured with an A13 chip, better Face ID sensors, etc. They should launch in the fall of next year.

Update: The analyst from TF International, now says that the 2019 iPhone lineup will still adopt the same layout as this year's models, two OLED 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch versions, and a 6.1-inch LCD model. While he predicts that iPhone XR will see better-than-expected sales over two other high-end flagship smartphones from Apple.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the second generations of iPhones uses OLED displays, follows iPhone X that's released in 2017, though Apple did not use OLEDs on the iPhone XR, instead, the devices adopted a 6.1-inch LCD display with a lower screen resolution than the iPhone XS, so is the OLED screen on the XS better for your eyes than LCD?


According to a study conducted by National Tsing Hua University, the iPhone XS Max's MPE value (Maximum Permissible Exposure) is 20% higher than the iPhone 7, MPE measures the time before a retina will become inflamed due to screen exposure. The iPhone 7 has a screen score of 288 seconds, while the iPhone XS Max scores 346 seconds, which means iPhone XS users can watch the screen for longer without hurting their eyes.

In terms of impact on sleep, the iPhone XS Max display is also one that's lower than the iPhone 7. The test found that iPhone XS Max was 20.1% Melatonin Suppression Sensitivity, while iPhone 7 hit by 24.6%, MSS is a measurement of the blue light emitted by the display, which would disturb the user's circadian rhythm.

All in all, the study shows that using OLED is more healthy than using LCD display. However, since the iPhone XR hasn't officially on sale yet, it's unclear if it's better than iPhone 7.

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It's the time of the year that when Apple launched new iPhones, there is always bugs popup, this year is no exception.  For example, the connection signal gate, beautygate, chargegate, and other issues, now a new gate has surfaced, we call it "speakergate".


As the name implies, it is a bug related to the speakers: an unknown number of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max users report that the speakers on their devices are not working properly. Users from Reddit, as well as from TwitterApple Support Communities says that Earpiece speakers of their iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will stop working while playing music.

Users are very pleasing that the iPhone XS use the Earpiece speaker and the bottom speaker to create a stereo effect. However, after a few days using the iPhone XS Max, the Earpiece speaker stops working. Restarting the device seems to solve this problem, but it won't take long for the problem to repeat itself.

Oddly enough, when you call someone the issue doesn't exist, that is, although it needs to wait for a while, the problem can be fixed by software update. We contacted Apple to ask the company's view on the matter. However, there has not been a response from Apple.

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Pipe Jeffery surveyed more than 700 iPhone users in the US, asking questions about which iPhone they would buy if they wanted to upgrade this year. 39% of respondents chose iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, while the remaining 61% of respondents said they prefer the upcoming iPhone XR, iPhone 7 or the iPhone 8.


Their previous model claims only 35% of respondents would choose iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. It should be noted that considering that the iPhone XR is not yet on the market, once the user who intends to compares the iPhone XS and XR, and then determine whether it worth to upgrade, so the proportion of users who choose iPhone XR may change.

Pipe Jeffrey analysts have raised the average selling price of the iPhone in FY 2019 from the previous estimate of $758 to $770. If the iPhone XR accounts large percent of sales, the average price will reach $780. Anyway, the number planning to buy one of this year’s models is good news for Apple after all.

Furthermore, it's believed that iPhone XS Max was three to four times more popular than the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, which make sense since many buyers want to have a bigger screen, and those who haven't upgraded for a while. Still, it would be better if Apple decided to release another small screen iPhone SE, the market isn't dead!

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Compared to last year's iPhone X, the two biggest improvements to this year's iPhone XS and XS Max are the new A12 Bionic Chip and the camera system. However, some users posted on the social media that the front camera of the iPhone XS and XS Max has an auto beauty function - apply unwanted skin smoothing and cannot be turned off.


According users, the iPhone XS' front camera have made big change in skin smoothing, some calls it the "beautygate." In fact, Lewis Hilsenteger, who runs Unbox Therapy YouTube channel even made a video about it. Fortunately, user Abdul Dremali reach out Apple, which they said it already knows this issue and is doing its best to fix it.

As for a reason, assuming is likely related to the Intelligent photo processing in A12 chip as a major selling point. It joins a custom image signal processor with the A12 chip's Neural Engine to enhance photos both before and after it was taking. Anyway, the issue would be easily solved with a software update, which Apple may release in the sooner future.

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A new report from DigiTimes said that the extremely high price set of Apple's new iPhone XS series may cause the demand of this latest flagship to slow down in end of 2018, as the initial fanfares of this new product have begun to fade away. This is particularly true for the iPhone XS Max, which is priced at $1,449 for the 512GB version.


Interestingly, several people predicted that iPhone X would also sell poorly on the market because of the high pricing strategies it adopted, but it turns out pretty strong. Still, by 2018, there are still many people who are not optimistic about the approach.

Cited sources from the iPhone supply chain, the report noted that Apple would significantly reduce orders in case the sales begin to go downhill. Plus, the similar situations have occurred when the company selling iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

Sources explained that one of the important indicators is that the initial sales of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are not as strong as the previous iPhone 6, consumers have apparently avoided the expansiveness of iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XS's "S-level" upgrade did not make most consumers motivated to purchase it.

One of the major indicators was that the first wave of the sales of the iPhone XS and XS Max was not as enthusiastic as that of the previous iPhone 6 generation, as consumers have apparently shunned away the iPhone XS Max for its extremely higher price and also the iPhone XS for a lack of specification upgrades, said the sources.

However, Apple's "final ace" is likely to be the iPhone XR. Reports said that Apple is modifying the balance of total iPhone orders in December, and iPhone XR will account for more than 50% of total iPhone orders. The iPhone XR is a lower-priced model and is likely to be Apple's best-selling iPhone this year.

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In the newly released iOS 12.1 beta 1, Apple rolled out the eSIM feature for iPhone XS and XS Max. eSIM, aka electronic SIM card, which can bring Dual-SIM functionality support for iPhones. Apple mentions in its Support Page that iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max can activate the so-called Dual-SIM via a physical nano-SIM card and an eSIM.


With eSIM, which allows you to eliminate the need for a physical nano-SIM Cards, you can have two phone numbers provided by the carrier. There are many ways to use the dual-SIM, such as one for the work phone and the other for the personal phone; when leaving the country, add a local Data package; voicemails, using data, by employing different numbers.

Even your iPhone has a Dual-SIM feature, but you can only use one cellular data network at a time. In other words, if a number is on a call, a call to the other number will directly go to voicemail. However, you must activate both networks, and the Control Center will then show two cellular signals.

By the time when Apple released iOS 12.1, all iPhone XS and XS Max users are able to take the advantages of the Dual-SIM by going to Settings - Cellular - Add Cellular Plan, from there, enter the pieces of information and enjoying the convenience of having two phone numbers.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have been on the market for a few days, and some users are beginning to reflect that the poor connection performance of Wi-Fi and cellular networks on these devices. However, some tested iPhone XS and XS Max, and found that it's actually performing well in terms of networking performance


Complains about poor networking mainly come from Apple Support Communities, Reddit forum, etc. Users report that they are experiencing connectivity problems with Wi-Fi and LTE on the two new iPhones. The issues are not limited to a certain operator or a certain region, and some people speculate that this may be a software flaw in iOS 12.

Of course, there may be few hardware defects in some models, but it's still too early to draw conclusions. After all, there are not many affected users (At least from current situations). The new iPhone should have a big boost since Apple added an antenna at the bottom of the smartphone to increase the wireless speeds and connectivity.

Nevertheless, a Macworld report tells a different story, they tested both iPhone XS and XS Max networking performance, and results show that Wi-Fi download speed only a little faster, but upload speed is improved over 45 percent. For instance, iPhone X T-Mobile received a download speed of 18.34 Mbps and an upload speed of 1.28, whereas iPhone XS T-Mobile gets 23.15 Mbps in download speed and 3.60 Mbps in upload speed.

What results you will see depends on where you are. Users should get better connectivity in any situation. If your region can support new technologies and frequencies, you will see a huge increase in cellular and WiFi speed for iPhone XS.

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Tianfeng International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo out with a new report focus on the latest iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max sales analysis, in which he found that XS Max demand was better than expected, as well as the Apple Watch Series 4.


So, users more prefer the 6.5-inch version than the 5.8-inch version, Gold and Space Gray were more popular than Silver, 256GB is also the most popular model, since 512GB currently face stock shortage. Looking forward to 4Q18, Kuo believe that XS Max will grow steadily due to the demand from the Asian market and the holiday season. 

We have determined that the demand for XS Max is better than expected (3–4 times that of XS). The gold and space-grey colors are significantly more popular than the silver. 256GB is the most popular, and 512GB is subject to a serious shortage because only Samsung can currently ship NAND Flash well. We are positive that XS Max shipments will grow steadily in 4Q18 thanks to demand from Asia market and the gift season.

Apple Watch Series 4 demand is much better than expected, because of that, the supplies likely to have some sort tight until the secondary supplier Compal joins Quanta begins mass production starting from November to fulfill the high demand. "We have increased the Apple Watch shipment forecast in 2018 from 18mn to 18.5–19.5mn units," says Kuo on the sales.

Lastly, the analyst stay positive that the iPhone XR will sell like a hot cake, more customers upgrading to that model than the iPhone 8 series spurred last year. Plus, he assumes Apple to fix the display issue next month before the pre-order starts October 19th.

Apple brings major camera upgrades to the iPhone XS models this year with features like Smart HDR and depth control, so users can adjust the background blur of the photos after the photos are taken. However, according to a Macerkopf report, Apple intends to extend this feature to the photo taking stage, meaning use depth control while taking a photo.


Apple is currently testing this feature with the iOS 12.1 beta 1, so beta users will see the depth control slider at the bottom of the interface when taking a photo. As for which version of the update will bring this feature to users, Apple only says a future iOS 12.x update will include it, I believes it will exclusive to iPhone XS and XS Max consumers.

As Apple has told us in the conversation, this type of depth control will be possible in the future directly when taking pictures. A future iOS update brings the slider directly into the camera app, so you can regulate the depth of field directly when shooting the portrait.

When you take a photo while using the depth control, it will definitely increase the playability. Are you plan to use the feature? Let us know in the comment below.

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Speedometer, a tool for testing the JS computing performance, can be used to determine the processing performance of the browser. Of course, the performance is directly related to the CPU and GPU. According to MacX, who have tested the browser benchmark of iPhone XS and was shocked after they saw the results, and thought it was a bug...


As you can be seen above. the iPhone XS scores up to 125 points (range 122-125), in which the powerful JS processing performance even beats the latest Intel i7 6-core processor. Also, the score is 50% higher than last year's iPhone X's 83 points. I don't know whether this is a major change brought by the 7nm processing technology.

Compared to XS, although XS Max only totaled 107 points. However, the result definitely surpassed most of the PC processors, if not all. If you don't believe it, you can open the device in your hand and performing the test. For those unknown, JS stands for JavaScript and is one of High-level programming language.

Now just think if Apple puts A12 on Macs, it will benefit many high-end users as the result seems to be the first industrial class level. Do you think this will be a great idea or not? share your thought with us in the comment section below.

Apple recently released the latest iOS 12.1 beta for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, which includes the Group FaceTime feature that was removed in iOS 12 beta 8. iPhone XS buyers will require to install a developer beta profile in order to test the beta on your devices.


As early as the September 18, Apple seeded the first beta of the iOS 12.1. Following the official launch of the iPhone XS models, Apple has rolled out a new update for the new devices. Early speed test indicates that iOS 12 is not super stable on these new iPhone models, so hopefully, the update will help make them snappier and more responsive.

Aside from that the Group Facetime feature has been re-added, iOS 12.1 also introduce support ECG app that specially made for Apple Watch Series 4 models. We also expect Apple to introduce new emojis in the update since they did so in IOS 11 last year.

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At 8:00 a.m. today, the iPhone XS, XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 launches simultaneously worldwide. Apple and CEO Tim Cook today shared images from the September 21 launch, Cook says in a tweet this morning in which he's thrilled for users to finally be able to try out the devices on their own, and shared couple images of users buy iPhones.


Announced last Wednesday, iPhone XS continue to use the same size and same display, however, for the first time, you can buy an iPhone that's featured with a 6.5-inch display, that is, the iPhone XS Max. In addition, the OLED screen on both models support Dolby Vision and HDR 10, In addition, the iPhone XS models now have a new Gold option.

Both iPhone XS and XS Max are packed with 4GB, most powerful chip ever in a smartphone, A12 Bionic, which capable of calculating like 5 Trillion operations in a second. Not only that, Camera also receives major upgrades, like the new sensor in low light condition, and a new feature called Smart HDR that aims to perfect images you have taken.

Apple Watch Series 4, on the other hand, has overhaul changes in design: new 30% larger display, bezel-less screen, it's available in 40nm and 44nm sizes for you to choose from, many more watchfaces, including the one that has 8 complications, faster S4 processor, new accelerometer and gyroscope for fall detect, and electrocardiogram (ECG) readings capability.

iPhone XS and XS Max have arrived in the hands of users, so some of the users wondering that this year's whether is durable or not since Apple promoted the iPhone XS and XS Max with the durable smartphone glass in the world. However, YouTuber Techsmartt did a drop test just for that, and compare the durability to the iPhone X last year.


Tested from the pocket, head height, and 10-foot drop, during the pocket height drop test, the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and XS Max were not much damaged at all. When he drop these devices at head height, the iPhone X's screen cracked, while the iPhone XS has almost no damage, but the XS Max gets a scuff along the top, still, it's pretty durable.

Finally, the 10-foot drop test, which shows the iPhone XS come out with no cracks whatsoever, but the iPhone XS Max's screen is fragmented and becomes unusable. Well, that sums the concerns users have - if you drop iPhone XS couple times, it's not a big deal, yet, I would suggest you buy a case for X Max, just because it is big and easily slips from your hand.

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