Apple to kill iPhone X?

Apple to kill iPhone X?

Doing so allowed Apple to address lower and more affordable price points, bolstering unit sales.

According to the latest Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) study, roughly 20 percent of all iPhones sold in the USA in the final quarter of a year ago came with a notch.

Apparently the notch in the top of the screen is too big, impacting sales in China specifically where it is felt the iPhone 8 Plus has more space. Too bad we still don't know how many iPhones were shipped in total, either in the U.S. or worldwide, during the December 2017 quarter. Apple will reportedly launch a mid-range 6.1-inch iPhone with FaceID and an LED display for a price between $650 and $750.

The firm has provided a revised estimate of 18 million iPhone X shipments for Q1 2018, down from its original forecast of 20 million - 30 million. Of course, the star of the show was the device's edge-to-edge OLED display, a design that completely did away with the tried and true home button and replaced it with Face ID.

Kuo Ming-chi of KGI Securities, who has previously proved accurate in his iPhone predictions, said the current iPhone X may be phased out instead of having a price drop which could threaten sales of other iPhones.

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Apple has recently been embattled and placed in the spotlight for its move to deliberately slow down the performance of older iPhone models due to their aging batteries. Right now Apple has the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Introducing the iPhone 9 this year is possible, but that sounds like a step backwards with the iPhone X (pronounced "ten") already on store shelves. Further, iPhone X supply was initially constrained at launch, though Apple did manage to ramp up supply much faster than analysts were anticipating.

He says Apple will incorporate iPhone X features in the rest of the 2019 lineup, including a larger screen model he's calling the "iPhone X Plus".

In a report from MacRumors, Apple has sent out a document to Apple Authorized Service Providers today.

Another reason for this years iPhone X discontinuity is the upcoming 6.1 inch iPhone X Plus model that would be priced at significantly lower than $999.

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