The The iPhone 12 is unlikely to be an innovative hit, he suggests AT&T Communications CEO Jeff McElfresh.
He shared his views on the first Ready for 5G iPhones and his company’s work in 6G networks during an interview with CNBC (via MacRumors).
Although McElfresh believes that many current iPhone owners will upgrade to the iPhone 1
2, he does not think the number will be large enough to be classified as a major event.
His forecast is based on the economic challenges posed by the coronavirus and the high cost of unlimited 5G data.
I believe you will see many iPhone subscribers switch to upgrade to the device. But I would not predict that this will be a mass event. I also don’t think this will be an event. I think that customers, based on the economic pressure we all face today, will make an informed decision about what they want to do. And we’ll be there to offer them any device that Apple launches here soon.
McElfresh offers to lower its expectations for 5G. Previously Barclays analyst Tim Long also warned against the over-optimism surrounding the first 5G-ready iPhones, reminding us that the first 4G-enabled iPhone could not launch a supercycle.
As for AT&T’s progress in the next generation 6G networks, it does not share anything significant. After all, 5G networks are yet to hit the market and it will be years before 6G technology materializes.
An analyst has nearly 350 million of the current 950 million iPhones for upgrade. Sales estimates are mixed, ranging from Cannacord’s forecasts for 168 million units to Wedbush’s forecast of 215 million.
Apple was obviously hoping to sell 80 million of the new phones this year, but recent reports suggest there may be a difference in supply and demand of about 10 million units due to delayed production.
Phones priced below $ 400 are expected to represent more than 70 percent of smartphone sales in 2020, so the outlook is not entirely bright for leading phones at the moment, as the upper segment will be a strongly contested category this year.