By today, I think many people would’ve said that the new iPhone Xr is “the most accessible iPhone out there” and one that is “actually better than many Android phones” in the market today. However, Apple themselves are boosting the production of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus instead of the new iPhone Xr.

Nikkei Asian Review reports that Apple saw “disappointing demand” for the iPhone Xr, telling its smartphone assembler factories – Foxconn and Pegatron – to halt any additional production lines for the iPhone Xr.

iPhone Xr pre-order price

A source was quoted saying that there were nearly 60 assembly lines prepared for the iPhone Xr at first, but only used around of them since Apple doesn’t want to manufacture that many iPhone Xr for now. Another iPhone assembler, Wistron, was told to standby for rush order but received no further orders for this holiday season. Remember – manufacturing a batch of smartphone takes quite a long time.

While halting additional production lines of the iPhone Xr, Apple has instead requested for more productions of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. An individual was quoted saying that the original order was 20 million units, but was increased to 25 million now.

iPhone Xr
Users don’t seem to mind the smaller display.

We personally thought that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are no longer for sale since the iPhone Xr is already at such a great “value”. It seems that users are actually waiting for the new iPhones to be announced so that they can buy the previous-generation iPhones at a lower price. By the way, the iPhone Xr doesn’t even have a full HD display.

The future seems a little bleak for a smartphone that was announced for less than two months. With the holiday season coming up, the forecast for iPhone demands seem to be still unpredictable. Maybe the iPhone Xr’s demand will rise when it’s nearing Christmas.

Honestly, I’d like to gift someone an iPhone Xr. That’ll be a fantastic gift since it is the most “affordable” iPhone out there right now, but still an expensive one compared to what’s available in the market.