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iPhone 7 Opening Weekend Sales Numbers Won’t Be Disclosed: Apple
iPhone 7 Opening Weekend Sales Numbers Won't Be Disclosed: Apple

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple said that “initial sales will be governed by supply, not demand”
  • The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus become available for pre-order on Friday
  • Apple is banking on the new lineup to avoid a holiday quarter sales drop

Apple, breaking with tradition, said it won’t provide opening weekend sales numbers for new iPhone launches.

(Also see: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Price in India and Release Date Announced by Apple)

The Cupertino, California-based smartphone maker has sometimes shared early pre-order numbers and usually has announced how many iPhones were sold on the weekend after the device officially became available. The company said Thursday in a statement that it won’t continue the practice because it’s “now at a point where we know before taking the first customer pre-order that we will sell out of iPhone 7.”

 

By not releasing opening weekend sales numbers, Apple is holding back a key metric that some investors have used to determine the success of an iPhone launch. The world’s most valuable company is banking on the new lineup, in addition to new wireless AirPods headphones and water resistantApple Watch models, to avoid a holiday quarter year-over-year sales drop.

(Also see: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Say Goodbye to the Headphone Jack)

Apple said that “initial sales will be governed by supply, not demand,” leading the company to determine that opening weekend numbers are “no longer a representative metric for our investors and customers.” The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus become available for pre-order on Friday, while Apple and carrier retail stores will begin selling the phones September 16, the company said. CNBC earlier reported Apple’s decision.

The new iPhones, unveiled Wednesday, include updated designs with two new black color options, stereo speakers, upgraded cameras with new zooming abilities, faster and more efficient processors, improved graphics performance for gaming, better battery life, and lack a headphone jack. The new iPhones start at $649 for 32GB of storage.

(Also see: Apple Is Betting Big on a Wireless World)

This shift in strategy on iPhone sales marks the second time Apple has held back some numbers in recent years. For example, following the introduction of the Apple Watch in 2014, the company said it wouldn’t release sales numbers for the device for competitive reasons. Apple has provided no indication that it will stop announcing iPhone sales numbers with its quarterly earnings report.

Apple’s forecast for the quarter ending in September hasn’t changed, the company said in the statement. Apple on July 26 projected fiscal fourth quarter revenue from $45.5 billion to $47.5 billion (roughly Rs. 3,02,850 crores to Rs. 3,50,994 crores). Apple reported sales of $51.5 billion and more than 48 million iPhones sold in the same quarter last year.

 

(Also see: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Launch: Top 10 Features of Apple’s New Smartphones)

© 2016 Bloomberg L.P.

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Display

4.70-inch

Processor

quad-core

Front Camera

7-megapixel

Resolution

750×1334 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

iOS 10

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

1960mAh

See full Apple iPhone 7 specifications
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