The iPhone 7 sales appear to be slowing down already, after only a few short months of being released.
2016 has stood to be quite a disappointment for the sales of the newly released iPhone. While the sales have still not negatively affected the company, they have dropped from their usual numbers.
Although, the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has helped maintain a majority of the sales of the iPhone 7 as many loyal Samsung users were forced to find a new phone.
Apple will be reducing orders for the iPhone 7 in 2017, according to Taiwan’s handset supply chain.
iPhone 7’s will be more conservatively shipped out for the first half of 2017 in accordance with the demand, according to shipping sources. It is estimated that 5 million fewer iPhones are expected to ship from January to June in 2017, according to shipping sources.
Sources claim “suppliers and consumers” alike are already looking toward 2017 for the release of the newest version of the iPhone. It will be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone in 2017, as they release the iPhone 8.
The iPhone 8 is expected to be a complete evolution of the iPhone 6 that was released in September 2014.
According to Apple analyst from KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will add wireless charging to the new iPhone model.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is considering 10 new designs for the 2017 model iPhone, one of those design ideas being a flexible screen design.
The new iPhone could quite possibly outsell the iPhone 6, Apple’s most popular phone to date, KGI’s analysis said.
With the projected sales of the iPhone 8, Apple has already instructed its leading suppliers to be prepared for a boost in production, according to a top analytics firm cited by 9to5Mac.
Given the massive number of buyers who are expected to purchase the iPhone 8, Apple could shatter their current record for iPhone sales.
Apple could sell between 120 and 150 million iPhone 8 units, Kuo said in a note to investors that was received by 9to5Mac. These numbers would supersede the 2014 sales of the iPhone 6. Apple sold between 110 and 120 million units of the iPhone 6 in 2014.
The projected boost in iPhone sales in 2017 could really be a sigh of relief for Apple investors after a year of watching Apple’s iPhone sales drop in 2016.