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Apple iPhone X is the first iPhone I won’t buy on day one: Steve Wozniak

Surveys are predicting “large, but not mind blowing” sales for the Apple iPhone X.

  • Published: October 24, 2017 11:09 AM IST
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It is one of those unspoken traditions that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak buys the new iPhone on the day one of launch. However, things may be a little different this time around. Wozniak says that he is going to give iPhone X a while this time. Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore

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“I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8 which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me,” Wozniak said, speaking from the sidelines of the Money 20/20 conference. “For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t on day one upgrade to. But my wife will, so I’ll be close enough to see it.” Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPads

And it s not just Wozniak who is showing skepticism towards the phone that was supposed to spark a “super cycle” of sales. The phone, unveiled in September, features an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch display, with a smaller chassis than the iPhone 8 Plus, and features facial recognition. But like many other, Wozniak also said he was skeptical that the Face ID feature would work the way it is supposed to. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X buyers reportedly interested in the most expensive 256GB variant

Sharing the same disbelief, a new survey conducted by Bernstein (via Reuters), claims that demand for the iPhone X will be large, but not mind blowing. In a survey that included 1,112 current iPhone owners, 48 percent of respondents said that they were excited for the iPhone X but only 25 percent said they were planning on buying it. The excitement surrounding the iPhone X appears to be magnitudes higher than actual purchase intent, the survey results read.

Interestingly, in contrast to that, some analysts have also been drawing assumption that demand for the iPhone X will be through the roof. Reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo anticipates that the iPhone X may help Apple sell more iPhones in 2018 than ever before. ALSO READ: Apple sued by Japanese firm over Animoji feature in iPhone X

However, having said that, Apple has also been reported to face some supply issues. Kuo had recently also predicted that only 2-3 million units of the iPhone X will be shipped for its first sale. He claims that Apple is facing supply shortages for more components of the iPhone X, which include circuit boards, antennae, and wide-angle camera sensors, in addition to the depth-sensing infrared dot projector. The iPhone X boasts a lot of firsts for Apple with a radical bezel-less and edge-to-edge display design. Similarly, many components are also redesigned leading to supply shortages. Kuo further highlights that Apple s biggest obstacle in shipping the iPhone X will be the circuit board for the antenna system, which requires specific processes and tests to be done before production. RELATED: Apple might not meet iPhone X demands this year, Ming Chi Kuo predicts

For the November 3 launch, pre-orders for the iPhone X will begin on October 27. It was recently reported that Foxconn has started shipping the first batch of iPhone X units to UAE and Europe, which includes a total of 46,500 units of the iPhone X, which are comparatively low to previous year s shipments. With many speculations suggesting shipping delays for the iPhone X, a widely accepted prediction is 40 million units of the iPhone X by 2017-end. Apple is expected to achieve a balance of supply and demand by early 2018. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X top features: Edge-to-edge OLED display, Face ID and more

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  • Published Date: October 24, 2017 11:09 AM IST


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