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Counterpoint Research: Apple to outperform global smartphone market in 2020

Apple is set to announce its new line-up of iPhones today. This will mark a significant moment in the rollout of 5G and will be an opportunity for Apple to have a large upgrade cycle, according to Counterpoint Research.   

“Apple has done a great job outperforming the global smartphone market,” says Research Director Tom Kang. “During the COVID-19 low point in Q2 2020, Apple was helped by the timely launch of the iPhone SE, which created a new, low price point for iPhones at $399. It helped Apple get through the worst months of COVID-19 and its lockdown periods. In addition, the iPhone 11 has proved to have great longevity, still selling over one million devices per week on the brink of a refresh. The SE and iPhone 11 helped maintain momentum through Q3 as the general market remained negative.”

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 11 family launches saw large upgrades. The iPhone 8 and XR families saw lower upgrade levels as holding periods grew through these launch cycles. The iPhone 11 family opening sales for September-December 2019 saw their first year-over-year growth since the September-December 2016 sales of iPhone 7. Counterpoint Market Outlook forecasts that Apple’s October-December 2020 line-up sales will exceed the iPhone 11 family’s September-December sales by 1%. This growth is despite a delayed launch in 2020 where Apple’s new line-up will see zero sales in September and also miss much of October sales

“There is significant pent-up demand from iOS subscribers putting off upgrades until these 5G devices launch,” says Research Director Jeff Fieldhack. “In addition, options for display sizes and price points will help drive sales. Also benefitting Apple this smartphone refresh will be greater efforts by global mobile operators to upgrade the iOS installed base to 5G. In countries where 5G has begun to roll out, operators will have significant incentive to migrate LTE iOS subscribers to their near-empty 5G networks. Look for significant promotional offers.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.