Is This Why Apple's iPhone XR Sales Are Disappointing? Ashraf Eassa, The Motley FoolMotley FoolNovember 15, 2018, 2:00 PM GMT. Ming-Chi Kuo, a respected analyst with TF International Securities who had previously been optimistic about the iPhone XR, recently came out and slashed his estimate for how many Apple will ship between the fourth quarter of 2018 through the third quarter of 2019 from 100 million units to just 70 million units. During the company's Nov. 1 earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that in China, "iPhone, in particular, was very strong -- very strong double-digit growth there." Apple's pricier iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max devices incorporate dual-lens rear-facing cameras, something that's undoubtedly due to those devices' higher selling prices (creating additional room in the bill of materials for a pricier two-lens system), as well as Apple's desire to segment the product lines (the two-lens system on the higher-end models is a selling point). If Apple decides that it'd be best off bringing a two-lens rear-facing camera to next year's iPhone XR, then there are a couple of ways it can do so while still affording the higher-end successors to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max some points of differentiation. If the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors stick with dual-lens cameras, then Apple could still give the next iPhone XR a dual-lens camera, but reduce its performance in some way.
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