Recent sales data from Best Buy paints a dreary picture for iPhone XS and XS Max sales for the holiday quarter. The data lines up with multiple recent reports from analysts and Apple’s vendors about reduced iPhone orders and declining sales.
Echoing the reports we’ve heard over the last couple of months about poor iPhone sales, this data is significant as Thinknum notes “Best Buy is the largest retailer of iPhones outside of Apple itself.”
After seeing Apple’s aggressive marketing over the last few weeks, Apple’s direct iPhone XS and XS Max sales may be trending similar to Best Buy numbers.
For the iPhone XS overall, the product ranking at Best Buy has consistently declined since October, outside of a bump around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
After peaking as the 7,610th most popular product at the retailer, it has slumped to 18,500th as of December 9th.
The same downward trend is present when looking at specific iPhone XS models, like the base 64GB version. After the being the 2,690th most popular product in early October, it has declined to the 7,450th most popular this month.
Even more pronounced declines have hit the iPhone XS Max. The 64GB model of the 6.5-inch flagship hit a high being the 1,420th most popular Best Buy product and has fallen to now being in 5,690th place.
Notably, Apple won’t be reporting unit sales for its devices any longer, so we’ll be relying on analyst estimates and other sources to get a picture of Apple’s holiday iPhone sales.
Other interesting trends have emerged from Best Buy sales recently. In October, AirPods were the best-selling product at the retailer. Back in August we learned that over the last two years, Apple’s dongles have been the company’s top sellers at Best Buy.