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  • In the first quarter it was available, the iPhone 8 sold significantly less devices than its predecessor the iPhone 7 did when it launched.
  • In Q3 2017, the iPhone 7 was still the most popular smartphone in the world, Canalys estimates.

We’ve got one of our first indications of iPhone 8 sales — and they’re not spectacular.

The new Apple smartphone has failed to beat the launch its predecessor, the iPhone 7, in its opening quarter, according to a new report from research firm Canalys.

Apple shipped 11.8 million iPhone 8 and 8 Plus’s in Q3 of 2017, Canalys estimates — versus 14 million iPhone 7’s back in Q3 2016.

But there’s one big qualifier in all of this: The iPhone X. This year, for the first time, Apple has also brought out an ultra-high-end third handset, which only went on sale in November, in the fourth quarter of the year.

This will inevitably prompt a proportion of would-be iPhone buyers to hold off from picking up an 8, instead waiting for the X. It causes a shot term dip in Apple’s sales figures — though the company will be calculating that sales of the new device will more than make up for it in the long run.

iPhone XBut it also places additional pressure on the iPhone X to perform well — and highlights why the current delays of the device must be so frustrating for Apple. It sold out within minutes of becoming available to pre-order in late October, with some customers waiting weeks for their handset to arrive.

Overall, in the Q3 period (July, August, and September), Canalys estimates that Apple sold 46.7 million smartphones — with the iPhone 7 being the most popular device.

It was the world’s most popular phone for the quarter, with Apple shipping 13 million Read More Here