Nov 28, 2018

iPhone XR has been Apple's top-selling phone since launch, company says

The iPhone XR was released in October for $749. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images.

An Apple executive said Wednesday that Apple's mid-range iPhone XR has been outselling other models — including each of its two high-end siblings, the iPhone XS and XS Max — since the XR went on sale in October, CNET reports.

Why it matters: Per Axios' Ina Fried, some Apple watchers have expressed concerns about iPhone sales, in particular those of the XR. That said, Apple isn't saying how iPhone sales are doing overall, so it's tough to read too much into these comments.

The big picture: In its most recent earnings report, Apple said it didn't sell as many iPhones as analysts expected and is projected to have flat sales for the holiday season.

Separately, Apple said it has now donated more than $200 million to AIDS-related efforts through its (Product) Red partnership, including a Red version of the iPhone XR.

Go deeper: Apple to drop iPhone XR price in Japan amid weak sales

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and South Korea ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 on Friday to 433 on Saturday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

Bernie Sanders rallies in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 21. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios' Mike Allen on Saturday.

What they're saying: "At the Las Vegas debate ... you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November."

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Warren Buffett. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Warren Buffett releases annual letter, reassures investors about future of Berkshire Hathaway
  2. Greyhound bars immigration sweeps
  3. U.S. military officially stops offensive operations in Afghanistan
  4. America's future looks a lot like Nevada
  5. Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins