Given the choice of two expert opinions, Tripp Mickle leads with the downer.
From the seventh paragraph:
The iPhone X, which hit stores on Nov. 3, accounted for an estimated 30% of iPhone sales in its first month as customers opted for lower-priced models or couldn’t find it in stock, according to Mike Levin, co-founder of Consumer Intelligence Research Partners… “It’s a little disappointing given the hype,” Mr. Levin said.
Seven paragraphs later…
As of early December, the iPhone X accounted for 4% of all iPhone models in use globally, while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus accounted for 6.3%, estimates Localytics, which analyzes apps across 2.7 billion devices and can detect which models are being used… Localytics co-founder Raj Aggarwal said the iPhone X performed better than he expected given its premium price. “It’s an awesome start, and you haven’t hit Christmas yet,” he said. [Emphasis mine.]
My take: Mickle strikes me a glass-half-empty kind of guy. He interviewed two iPhone X buyers and led with the guy who returned his. “I just felt very underwhelmed.,” said Ifé Meedolson, an Apple loyalist.
The story is in Saturday’s paper.