Apple’s iPhone XR was the best selling iPhone in the third fiscal quarter of 2019, according to new data shared today by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR models accounted for 67 percent of all U.S. iPhone sales during the third quarter of 2019, with the iPhone XR alone accounting for 48 percent of sales.
The iPhone’s 48 percent share of smartphone sales during the quarter is the highest that’s been seen for an individual model since the iPhone 6 in 2015, according to CIRP.
“iPhone XR has become the dominant iPhone model,” said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. “Its 48% share of sales in the quarter is the highest we’ve seen for an individual model since the iPhone 6 in 2015, which shared top billing with the 6 Plus, but only had two outdated legacy models offered as alternatives. Apple set out to create a competitive model, with current features like a large screen on a midsize handset, at a price that falls near the leading Android phones. It is an easy to choose the mid-point between the expensive XS and XS Max models, and the older 7 and 8 models.”
The iPhone XR is Apple’s most affordable iPhone, priced starting at $749 in the United States. It is similar to the iPhone XS and XS Max, but offers an LCD display instead of an OLED display along with a single-lens camera instead of a dual-lens camera.
It also comes in a range of bright colors, and due to its popularity, Apple is keeping its three iPhone lineup intact for its 2019 iPhone lineup. The 2019 iPhones will include an iPhone XS successor, an iPhone XS Max successor, and an iPhone XR successor that will continue to offer an LCD display to keep costs lower.
The next-generation iPhone XR is rumored to feature new colors, more RAM (4GB, up from 3GB), faster LTE thanks to support for 4×4 MIMO, and it could also have camera improvements in the form of a new dual-lens camera setup that would likely be similar to the current dual-lens camera in the iPhone XS and XS Max.
CIRP’s research data also looked at some numbers for Apple’s various services. Among iPhone buyers during the quarter, 47 percent use paid iCloud storage, while three to six percent purchased AppleCare.
35 percent of iPhone buyers use Apple Music, while 15 to 29 percent use Apple TV, Apple Podcasts, and Apple News. Apple has several other services on the horizon which could draw in more users, including Apple TV+, its upcoming streaming service, and Apple Arcade, a gaming service that will provide access to games for a monthly fee.
Samsung’s next premium tablet
When Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 10 handsets on August 7, we’re expecting the company to also release a new tablet as successor to the Galaxy Tab S4. It’s expected to be called the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
Why not the Galaxy Tab S5, you ask? Samsung already released the Galaxy Tab S5e, a budget version of its tablet line, but all the latest rumors point to the company skipping the Galaxy S5 for a Galaxy S6 designation.
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We’d usually take pre-release leaks with a pinch of salt, but there are so many different voices saying the same thing that it make us think Samsung will skip the Tab S5 and jump straight to the S6.
Below we’ve compiled what we know so far about the upcoming Android tablet, as well as what we’d like to see when it is officially unveiled.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Samsung’s newest high-end tablet
- When is it out? Likely early August 2019
- How much will it cost? More than the Tab S4’s $650 / £599 / AU$920
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 price and release date
We’re expecting to see the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 alongside the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Watch Active 2, which are expected to launch on August 7, 2019.
When will you be able to buy them though? We’d expect them to be available to purchase in the weeks following the launch event, although sometimes tablets take a little longer to become available.
We’ve not heard too much on pricing, however, and some of the leaks make us think this device could be far more premium than Samsung’s other devices.
As such we’d expect the Galaxy Tab S4’s initial price of $650 / £599 (around AU$920) to be trumped a bit by the Tab S6 price. Considering the iPad Pro 11 hits a four-figure amount for some variants, we may see Samsung jump up in price too.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 news, rumors and leaks
We haven’t heard that much about the Galaxy Tab S6, as we’re not 100% sure Samsung will skip the S5, so there have been a few rumors around that device – but each leak provides a lot of information.
For one, we’ve heard that the slate will have two rear cameras, which is very rare in a tablet as the devices aren’t used for photography much.
We’re not exactly sure what the secondary camera is for. The tablet could have an ultra-wide or telephoto lens for wide-angle or zoomed pictures respectively. It may even be a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor for accurately judging depth, which could prove useful for augmented reality experiences.