IPhone XR is Apple’s biggest lure for Android lovers

Apple’s iPhone XR is boosting the number of Android switchers

Study shows disappointing demand for iPhone XR

CIRP data shows that 82 percent of existing iPhone users upgraded to the iPhone XR, while 16 percent Android users switched to it.

This is a substantial 33 percent jump in the number of Android users who switched to iOS after the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were launched a year ago, and a whopping 45 percent increase when compared to Android switchers in the month after the launch of iPhone X. Months later, its budget iPhone- the iPhone XR-became the company's best selling iPhones this year.

Previously Apple only manufactured its lower-end, budget iPhone models such as iPhone SE and previous-gen iPhone 6s but if this new report is anything to go by, Apple will start making its flagship iPhone models such as iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and even next-gen 2019 iPhone models in Tamil Nadu, India.

Truth be told, the news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, especially given that Apple executive Greg Joswiak a few weeks back revealed that the iPhone XR has been Apple's "most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available". There's a catch, though, as it requires a trade-in of an iPhone 7 Plus device launched two years ago.

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Interestingly, the survey showed that the new iPhone XR accounted for 32 per cent of the company's total iPhone sale in the United States in the 30-day period following the launch of the three new iPhone in October 2018.

The Cupertino headquartered tech giant has it seems acknowledged that the iPhone XR sales performance is on expected lines and the marketing strategy to position a lower priced iPhone while sticking to the $1000+ rates for the top models was a deliberate one. Of course, comparisons are hard, because of how Apple sequenced new model launches in the past two years.

"It appears that iPhone XR did serve to attract current Android users", CIRP co-founder Mike Levin said.

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