iPhone 7 expands to 30 new markets, sales so far estimated as weaker than 6s
Is Apple in (even more) trouble after a few consecutive sub-par quarterly reports, and a general hardware popularity slowdown? Well, that’s the thing – no one really expected the iPhone 7 to set any new box-office records. Not once it was clear this wouldn’t be a year of major upgrades.
Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise for either Tim Cook or die-hard iFans that various financial analysts and research firms believe 2016 iPhones are performing worse than the 2015 generation, and will continue to do so through the end of Q1 2017, at the very least.
The question is what kind of a gap might there be between the two editions? And the answer, according to the always reliable Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities, not that large. In fact, Kuo deems the iPhone 7 Plus shipment volume outlook as “better than expected”, though the smaller model essentially balances out the scorecard, ultimately making the family fall short of the previous generation’s numbers.
All in all, sales estimates are on the rise, from 60 – 65 million to between 70 and 75, despite GfK separately reporting on the down low launch weekend results outside the US have plunged 25 percent compared to the 6s and 6s Plus.
Meanwhile, Apple remains silent on all things numbers-related, staying focused on its mission of spreading the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus worldwide as soon as possible, with September 23 rollouts in 30 new territories: Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and Slovenia. Next up, India on October 7.