Considering the known fact that the iPhone 5C did not receive positive reviews, many understandably were not optimistic about the launch of the iPhone XR, because it seemed to follow the same blueprint as the iPhone 5c, but they were proven wrong when it was discovered that the iPhone XR actually accounted for the bulk of iPhone sales in 2018.
It continued to dominate iPhone sales in 2019 and now according to Counterpoint Research’s latest data, the iPhone XR is still maintaining its lead. The report claims that the iPhone XR was the best-selling smartphone in Q3 2019 globally, where it made up 3% of all smartphones sold.
Interestingly, two Samsung Galaxy A-series came second and third place respectively, hinting that maybe consumers are no longer seeing the need to own expensive smartphones. Despite the iPhone 11 offering upgrades over the iPhone XR, it only accounts for 1.6% of all smartphones sold, landing in fifth place behind the OPPO A9.
It is possible that given more time, the iPhone 11 could eventually surpass the iPhone XR, given that Apple is expected to continue this trend of offerings in 2020. Apple is also rumoured to be launching a potentially cheaper model in the form of the iPhone SE 2, that could be announced in the early part of the year.