iPhone 8 Production Said to Drop Significantly Given Popularity of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With fewer major selling points and given a consumer preference for the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects iPhone 8 production to see a 50-60 percent sequential decline this quarter.


    In his latest research note for KGI Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said the lower-than-expected iPhone 8 demand could result in fewer orders for Apple supplier Pegatron, which assembles the iPhone 8 in Taiwan.
    Just this week, research firm Canalys said the iPhone 8 Plus outpaced the iPhone 8 last quarter with shipments of 6.3 million units versus 5.4 million units respectively. Canalys said the iPhone 8 Plus is the first Plus-sized iPhone to out-ship its smaller 4.7-inch sibling in a single quarter.

    Apple doesn't disclose iPhone sales on a model-by-model basis, but chief executive Tim Cook said the iPhone 8 Plus has "gotten off to the fastest start of any Plus model," which came as "a bit of a surprise" to the company.

    Kuo remains positive about iPhone X demand, and estimates production will rise 35-45 percent this quarter compared to last quarter, which should help to alleviate supply constraints heading into the holiday shopping season. The device still has a 3-4 week shipping delay online, with limited in-store availability.

    Kuo said Apple's primary manufacturer Foxconn will convert its iPhone 8 Plus production lines into iPhone X lines in late 2017 to fulfill additional orders. Still, Apple is unlikely to achieve supply-demand balance until 2018.

    Article Link: iPhone 8 Production Said to Drop Significantly Given Popularity of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X
  2. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
  3. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Not so sure . The X price point and moving away from touchid is not for everyone . The iPhone 8 is a very nice unit

    Just can't see people deciding to get a X over the 8 all the sudden.... it's £300 more..... that is a very large amount .
  4. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Seems like the pluses have been gaining in popularity each cycle. The standard phone has become more niche. Moving forward I wonder if they'll even have size choices or if everything will just be X type large screen with standard size housing.
  5. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    Its normal since the X is the future of the normal iPhone ! The future of the Plus is coming next year
  6. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    I don't think this was meant to state that 8 AND 8+ production will be reduced, just 8 vs 8+ given that most users are going for either 8+ or X and the standard 8 is declining.
  7. dantracht macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2013
    That's the one I'm waiting for.
  8. Avieshek, Nov 11, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2017

    Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    Back to having one model only. One Size, One Storage, One Price.

    Back to Steve Jobs' Simplification. The reality is the pricing than options withholding people, 2nd-hand or older models are bringing transparency to the very fact.
    Bring back the 17" MacBook, price it same as the smaller screen sizes, than look at the response. iPad Air & iPad Pro-Pra-Pre-Pru is illogical nonsense for profitary greed. In addition, just have one storage tier but of maximum capacity affordable by the technological limitations of the time, ex- the Classic iPod is classic for a reason.
  9. Goldfrapp, Nov 11, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2017

    Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
  10. KingslayerG5 Suspended


    Oct 16, 2017
    Once X was released without compromises, the 8 and any 4.7" model became irrelevant.
  11. AJ5790 macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2016
    Apple is selling more of the more expensive phones. They’re doomed.
  12. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Geez I hope not..... that plus X will be like
    £1350 + £200 AC+ ....... £1550 for a phone.... it needs to stop
  13. iName macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2008
    As they should. Wouldn’t make sense for it be have the same production level as something much higher in demand.

    Honestly if you’re in the market for the 8 save yourself the extra $120 and get a 7 instead. The differences are basically nonexistent.
  14. iKnowMr.Jobs macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2010
    I think the opposite is true. I think most people going for a “new” model (not and older one) are going to pick between the standard 8 or the X. The 8 Plus feels like a tease compared to the X especially given the how close in price they are. Weather you buy one or the other, you’re already spending over $1K. Wouldn’t you want the best thing possible for that price? I sure would. The 8 looks like a deal in comparison to the other two.
  15. dugbug macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    Apple Watch makes having the big phone a nice option
  16. nexu macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2017
    You can start saving now
  17. Shalev macrumors member


    Jul 18, 2015
    the iPhone X is the new normal small form factor, it literally replaced the need for the 4.7 size, when the x plus arrive the plus model will be on its way out as well... i only hope that the X sires will drop next year to 700-750 start but i doubt because the smartphone in general is becoming a PC device for a lot of people, mining that a 1000-1200 price tag is starting to sound Acceptable...

    man.. apple know what their doing
  18. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    Of course the product designed to upsell customers will be more popular. I bet with feature parity there would be a normal distribution across different models (if the only major difference were display size).
  19. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    Jobs not here.
    Apple has changed
    World has changed.
    One size fits all is not gonna happen.
  20. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Trust me, Face ID is everything Apple said it would be but better. No need to be afraid anymore lol
  21. Naaaaak macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2010
    People want either:
    • Big screens
    • One-handed operation
    iPhone 8 size fits neither. Kill it.
  22. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    No idea what you're talking about. I love my 8. How does the 8 not fit one handed operation but the X does? That makes zero sense. I'll definitely be getting the second generation of the X next year though.
  23. jhwalker macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
    You're missing the point that ALREADY there is the disparity; i.e., the 8s are selling MUCH less than the 8+ and the X. So this is really old news.
  24. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Right now a 5se 32 GB is £349. Add £100 for an iPhone 6s. Add £100 for an iPhone 7. Add £100 for an iPhone 8. Add £100 for 128 GB. Add £100 for a Plus. Add some more for an iPhone X. I think Apple does very well with this.
  25. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    Ming-Chi Kuo greatly dropped the ball with multiple reports of “iPhone X production problems” that would render the device “unavailable until February”.

    No longer a reliable source.

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