I know what you’re thinking. “What was it this time?” Battery life? Bad display? iOS Bugs?
Worse. Fantasy logic.
Let’s go for another ride on the Forbes digital merry-go-round. Why? Why not?
If you’ve read my iPhone XR Vs iPhone XS and Vs iPhone XS Max guides, you’ll know that it is actually Apple’s new budget-friendly XR which is by far the most exciting model this year.
No it’s not. That’s just wrong.
iPhone Xs Max is the most exciting new iPhone because it packs a 6.5-inch display, super-duper double camera, awesome speed, and all into a case about the size of an iPhone 6 Plus.
iPhone XR? Yes, it will sell in big numbers so that should be big news for Apple and Forbes. But it’s not. Starting at $749, iPhone XR seems like a bargain. Same wide-angle camera but with bigger LCD display– a display so good few customers will be able to tell the difference with the OLED displays on the more expensive iPhones.
That’s not the bad news.
But now the iPhone XR is finally available to buy, something appears very wrong… the iPhone XR was the first new iPhone in generations not to sell out within hours of going on sale. But now it’s much worse.
Let’s think about that. It’s bad news that iPhone XR did not sell out because other iPhones from last year and yesteryear sold out quickly. What does that say? Apple did not meet demand in previous years? Or, Apple did met demand this year? Or, there just is not much demand this year?
You be the judge. Why? Because Forbes writers are not qualified to judge anything except the alphabet.
This raises one obvious counterargument: maybe Apple managed to make so many iPhone XRs that it can meet any demand? The problem is this isn’t convincing.
Also, plausibility is difficult for journalists with active imaginations to believe.
First, Apple has never managed to do that in the 11-year history of the iPhone – shipping dates slip from days to weeks often in minutes.
Apparently that didn’t happen this year, either, because many iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs models were sold out quickly.
Sales have been positive with early reports stating they have sold more than the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during the same period last year.
Why did Apple delay iPhone XR’s release? Apple knows. Nobody at Forbes knows but that won’t prevent a few guesstimates.
Second, the iPhone XR sales date was delayed a full month behind the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max because of widely reported production problems.
And we know how accurate such rumors are, right? And we know how inaccurate Forbes’ writers are when it comes to Apple. How many new iPhones did Apple sell to date?
Only Apple knows. Forbes does not.