Apple is reportedly slashing iPhone X production in half

Nettie James
January 30, 2018

In a note originally obtained by AppleInsider, we learn that Apple's 6.1-inch iPhone - which will be positioned as a more wallet-friendly version of the iPhone X - will feature a display that won't be as edgeless as the company's OLED-based models.

The LCD iPhone would be manufactured by Pegatron, Foxconn, and Wistron, with Pegatron having 60% share. With all the problems that have hounded the company in relation to the performance of its older iPhone models, there have also been talks that the tech giant will cease production of its current flagship model, the iPhone X. KGI points out that Chinese users are now adhering to their existing phones for a long time, and specifically the notch on the top of the iPhone X's Super Retina display has turned away some potential customers in the region.

Kuo added that the refreshed iPhone X and iPhone X Plus will be nothing more than a tentative upgrade to the existing iPhone X, with the main exception being that the Plus variant will ship with 4GB of RAM - instead of 3GB - and either a 3,300mAh or 3,400mAh battery.

KGI also said that only 13 million units of Apple iPhone X will ship in second quarter of 2018.

Additionally, the decision is expected to affect suppliers including Sony, Kyocera, and TDK, who provide Apple with advanced camera sensors, additional circuitry, and batteries for iPhone X.

According to a report in The Economic Times, Apple is already taking steps to curb massive online discounts. Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin said that Apple is in the middle of developing two LCD devices and two OLED devices. The company is also reportedly preparing a new iPhone SE model, likely to be called the iPhone SE2, sans 3D sensing functionality.

The phone is tipped to cost around $700 or $800 in the United States of America, which (sadly) probably means a £700 to £800 price point for Brits. They are certainly not going to be cheap. Price wise, Kuo relays that the entry-level price for the device will fall somewhere in the $700 range, which sounds about right given that the entry-level iPhone 8 starts at $699. It means people looking for even more affordable alternatives would have to go back to the iPhone 7, which is expected to retail at $449 when the new iPhones come out.

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