iPhone 11 Series Has Displayed Strong Demand in the U.S., but Lack of 5G Support Might Challenge Apple in the Long Run
Before Apple launched its iPhone 11 series this year, expectations were low for them since they offered the same design, and shipped without a 5G modem. In short, the 2019 models weren’t rumored to get any groundbreaking features and the suspicions were confirmed when they were finally revealed. However, Apple vastly improved on the standard features and this is apparently helping the company. That’s why a new report sheds more light on the iPhone 11 demand in the U.S.
As Strange as It Sounds, the iPhone 11 Is the Least Popular Model out of the Three Devices, but Things Are Expected to Improve
According to a fresh Counterpoint Research note, the initial iPhone 11 demand was so impressive in the U.S. that it outpaced all competing offerings. Retail checks imply that the demand for this year’s handsets was higher than that of predecessors. Out of all the three phones, Counterpoint Research claims that the iPhone 11 Pro Max was the most popular model during the preorders and initial sales period. The iPhone 11 Pro comes next, and surprisingly, the cheapest of the three, the iPhone 11, was the least popular of all and considering its less expensive $699 asking price, that is puzzling.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the iPhone 11 demand will remain lower than that of the more premium models. Counterpoint projects it to gain more popularity as time goes by, just like last year when the iPhone XR stole the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max’s thunder after the initial period. Right now though, on account of low demand, the iPhone 11 is abundantly available, while the other models are sometimes short in supply.
Although the iPhone 11 demand seems pretty robust right now, keeping up that momentum might seem something of a daunting challenge as Apple’s 2019 handsets lack 5G support. Then again, 5G networks have not gone live in most parts of the world, so iPhone fans might not really care about this aspect. If the demand does fall down, the Cupertino giant apparently has the iPhone SE 2 to fall back on as the low-cost device is tipped to come in Q1 2020.
Overall, Counterpoint Research says that the third quarter shipments skewed towards a decline. Since the iPhone 11 demand actually went up, that’s nothing short of remarkable after a few quarters of dwindling sales. Would you rather go for one of the phones from the iPhone 11 lineup or wait for the rumored 5G-ready handset in 2020? Share your thoughts with us by commenting below.
Source: Counterpoint Research