And it’s hard not to believe.
Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared his expectations on iPhone sales in the first quarter of 2019. According to the forecast of the eminent specialist, iPhone sales will fall by 20% compared to last year. The main reason for the decline in sales of smartphones the analyst cited the low demand for iPhone XR.
Ming-Chi Kuo believes that in the first quarter of 2019 Apple will sell from 38 to 42 million iPhones. For comparison, over the same period in 2018, Apple managed to sell 50 million iPhone. The decline is a powerful and very unusual for Apple, the expert believes.
According to the expert, iPhone, XR does not attract a sufficient number of buyers. A smartphone is not a flagship, as Apple has a more advanced model of the iPhone XS iPhone XS Max, but it is very expensive. Kuo also noted the increased cost of the smartphone outside the U.S., which is also holding back buying interest.
In addition, Kuo has lowered the forecast on sales of iPhones for the entire 2019. Now the expert believes that in 2019 Apple will sell from 188 to 194 million iPhones. Compared to 2018 will be a noticeable decline up to 10%. However, the analyst stressed that the new iPhone models sample 2019 can rectify the situation.
Note that Ming-Chi Kuo is rightly recognized as the most authoritative analyst of the world of Apple. Expert every year before others disclose the exact plans of the company in respect of the new devices and services. Even when initial forecasts Kuo seem strange, they do come true. For example, at the beginning of 2018, he said that the iPhone will be deprived XR 3D Touch. Despite the seeming absurdity of such a move from Apple, so it did.