iPhone SE vs iPhone XR, prakhar khanna

Bank analysts and some supply chain sources have expressed longstanding confidence in a strong season for sales of the iPhone XR, especially as the pricier iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have been drifting in the market. Some have gone as far as predicting that the $800 iPhone could take away two-thirds of new model sales this year.

However, Digitimes reports that Taiwan companies contributing parts to Apple are being a bit more conservative on their fortunes. Sources say that these companies, including chipmaker TSMC and camera lens producer Largan, have forecast poor revenues for the current and next months of the fourth quarter. December remains an unknown realm as they wait to see whether Apple kicks up component orders.

A combination of factors may drag down shipments including over-saturation of the premium market and a mounting tariffs battle between the United States and China. Still, it’s a dose of caution over what’s expected to be the most appealing device to those who want to upgrade their iPhones.

Pre-orders for the iPhone XR officially open this Friday, October 19.

Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.

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