iPhone X Nearly 6 months in, the iPhone X isn't that successful

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  1. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

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    I've attended some work events with some very well-off people in recent weeks and seen a good amount of my friends. Almost all are iPhone users

    1) None of my close friends own an iPhone X
    2) At these work events, less than 10% of customers have an iPhone X

    Many of these people would have bought the latest iPhone very quickly a few years ago. One of my best friends (a millionaire in his 30s) is still rocking a 6S.

    The iPhone X is an excellent product (I'm actually considering buying a 256G version to replace my 8+); however, fewer "normal" customers are interested in it than prior phones. I don't think that is controversial at all, and all of the survey data supports this.

    How can Apple fix that this year?
     
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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  3. noobinator macrumors 603

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    Where do you live OP? I see tons of Xs here.
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    Apple said it was their best selling iPhone and the profit numbers to sales numbers confirmed this - you can't skew those numbers. It's doing very well.

    Furthermore 3 people I know, including myself, have an iPhone X. So your personal experience doesn't necessarily reflect a larger picture.
     
  5. mtneer macrumors 68030

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    I think you need to adjust your expectations to the fact that these days Apple just doesn't have one new iPhone for release. They have half a dozen new phones in the stable where consumers can spread out their purchase decisions around.
     
  6. Adelphos33 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I live in NYC - I see a lot of Xs in the wild. My point was that I also see many more people not upgrading where as in prior years, a larger percentage people upgraded to the latest phone.

    https://9to5mac.com/2018/03/19/iphone-x-analysts/
     
  7. Raist3001 macrumors 6502a

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    Can of worms opened.....this is going to be a popcorn thread :)
     
  8. akash.nu macrumors 603

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    Since 6S, I don’t think anyone needs to update their phones every year. Smartphones have reached their peak in terms of addition of new things. Only refinements will continue now until eventually there might be a completely new thing comes along that supersedes the current glass slab design with something completely different. This is the same in any other industry.
     
  9. Adelphos33 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not really trying to start a flame war, an X vs 8 debate or anything. Almost all of the tech reviewers say the X is the best phone on the market by far. I just think that for a flagship launch, fewer people seemed to be interested and ultimately buying the X compared to other launches. I think there was a thread back in October saying that the "mainstream" customer wasn't really into the X, and I have to agree based on what I see and what the numbers say.

    Ultimately I think Apple needs to get its "best" phones back to a $799 price or it will continue to see less unit sales growth
     
  10. JPack macrumors 68030

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    The numbers show it hasn't beaten the iPhone 6 series.

    iPhone X is a top-selling phone because with previous launches, there has been a 4.7" and 5.5" model. The iPhone X beats the sales of a single size, but not both.

    iPhone X is not doing well when you take into account it's a major refresh after 10 years and the expectations of a supercycle.
     
  11. Altis macrumors 68030

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    The form factor barely changes and the software is the same (until the device isn't updated any further).

    The main reason people would upgrade these days is because their device feels slow... which is why it's very interesting how devices mysteriously get awfully slow at doing everything after just a short time.

    I've only ever seen one iPhone X so far around here, though I'm starting to see AirPods more now.
     
  12. Raist3001 macrumors 6502a

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    But that hardly equates to the X being unsuccessful. Numbers don't lie.
     
  13. akash.nu macrumors 603

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    I think it depends on where you are. I see plenty around me but such anecdotal data points doesn’t prove anything either way.

    The sales data shows that they’ve been selling well.
     
  14. Adelphos33 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The X is a success in terms of customer feedback and convincing enthusiast users to pay more for their phones. I just don't think it has really driven mass interest yet. The iPhone 5, 5s, 6 and 7 launches were all pretty exciting for the mass customer. The X hasn't done that so far; maybe it was never intended to be that.
     
  15. Altis macrumors 68030

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    Of course it depends where you are.

    Just like how my area is chock-full of Subarus but they still aren't that common overall.
     
  16. DaveOP macrumors 65816

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    Even Apple introduced it as the future of the smartphone, at a high price point. I see plenty of them here in PDX. They probably are looking at sales dollars, not unit volume on this one. Next year, it'll be the normal model and within a few years, lots of iPhone users will have them. Apple is focusing on building out services and the ecosystem, with Apple Music and Airpods driving lots of revenue now too. I don't think they're too worried.
     
  17. Raist3001 macrumors 6502a

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    The X is successful in terms of sales numbers. Anything else is conjecture as to why the X didn't 'feel' as exciting as other launches. It certainly performed well.

    Well if we are just going based on the amount of X's we see in the wild, My location must be a great indicator of success since where ever I go, I can spot a X :)
     
  18. JPack macrumors 68030

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    What do the numbers say?

    Apple shipped 1 million fewer units of iPhone in Oct-Dec 2017 compared to Oct-Dec 2016. Keep in mind Apple introduced 3 new models instead of 2. The rumor mill was at an all-time high and everyone was holding off buying a new phone in anticipation of OLED iPhone.

    The rise in ASP to $796 suggests more consumers are buying Plus and X. It was successful in the way that some consumers were willing to accept $999.

    Most people looking closely at Apple had the expectation of a 10-year supercycle and it would beat the iPhone 6 series. It didn't meet that expectation.
     
  19. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    I believe the iphone 6 is still the best selling iphone so far....I would imagine the profit is higher when the phone is 999 vs. 649, and applecare plus is about double for the X as well.
     
  20. Raist3001 macrumors 6502a

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    In post number 2 in this thread, it has already been pointed out what the numbers say.

    Expectations may not have been met in terms of overall sales VS the 6, but again, hardly an indicator to say the X was not successful in terms of sales.
     
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    Up until recently, I had not seen a lot of people with the X in the wild. However, within the past month and a half I have noticed a decent amount of X's in the wild when I'm out and about. Again, I really think it depends on where you live as well.
     
  22. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    You mean the 84 Million iPhones Apple sold with a 14 week run rate or the 13% increase in year over year revenue?

    Regardless, we know the iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone Apple has ever offered and it’s not for every consumer out there. It doesn’t have to be. I think everybody seems to conflate that if the iPhone X doesn’t beat out another iPhone, it must be a failure. It’s not like that at all, and that’s why Apple has an expansive iPhone lineup offering a price point for everybody.
     
  23. DNichter macrumors 604

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    I don't see many X's either, doesn't mean it's not successful. Apple just had it's most profitable quarter ever. They are doing just fine.
     
  24. IowaLynn macrumors 65816

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    I was on the fence waiting for the proverbial “.3 “ if iOS + wanting to get past the first revision hardware in hopes that 3-4 months out any improvements to be made.

    Otherwise it was Galaxy S9+ for $150 less than the iPhone X.
     
  25. JPack macrumors 68030

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    Ultimately, it comes down the expectations everyone had for the launch. I don't think anyone thought it would tank. The question was, how much better of a quarter would Apple have compared to previous periods?

    Apple launched 3 phones in 2017 resulting in a 13% increase in revenue compared to the launch of iPhone 7. The iPhone X is supposed to set the pace for the next decade.

    Wall Street expectations were it would be a massive shift to the iPhone X. Are we seeing that? I'm not so sure.
     

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