The Apple iPhone 11 or the iPhone XI is coming and it seems that Apple is expecting its 2019 iPhones, consisting of the iPhone XI, the iPhone XI Max and the iPhone XIR, to get an initial response that is similar to its 2018 iPhones, consisting of the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, indicating a stable demand.
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple’s suppliers are gearing to manufacture parts for 75 million new iPhones in the second half of 2019, which is roughly the same as that for last year’s iPhones. One of the Cupertino, California based company’s biggest assemblers, Foxconn Technology, has upped its hiring process and it is now offering its employees 10 per cent more wages than last year in order to ensure that it has enough workforce to meet Apple’s demands during the peak season. The company’s Asian suppliers are gearing to ramp up the production of new iPhones up to 80 million units if the demand for the new iPhones increases, people familar with the matter told the publication.
Noted Apple analyst Ming Chi Kui has estimated that Apple could sell between 75 million units to 80 million units of its upcoming iPhone 11 in the second half of 2019, while Jeff Pu from GF Securities predicts that the iPhone maker could sell around 74 million units of its upcoming device, which is seven per cent more than his last year’s forecast. While these numbers might indicate stability in the iPhone sales, especially after a year of slower iPhone demands and trade tensions between the US and China, these numbers are far from the double digit growth figures that iPhones have charted over the years.
Having said that it is important to note that 75 million is not the final number and things are likely to change based on the sales of the iPhone 11 later this year.
Separately, the iPhone 11 series is not expected to come with major design changes over its predecessors. While the iPhone 11 series is likely to come with a square shaped camera bump, which will house a dual rear camera setup in case of the iPhone XIR and a triple rear camera setup in case of the iPhone XI and the iPhone XI Max. However, this will be the first time that the company is expected to use a triple camera setup consisting of a telephoto lens, a wide-angle lens and an ultra-wide angle lens. Beyond this the iPhone 11 is expected to retain the lightning port and come with A11 chipset.