Apple’s new iPhones are set to do big business in 2018, with a new report claiming that over 70 to 75 million units will be shipped from suppliers. Industry sources say this will be the company’s best performance since the iPhone 6 got launched all the way back in 2014.
There are a couple of different factors contributing to these blockbuster sales including upgrades in design and function, plus the “price-friendliness” of the budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone 9. DigiTimes expects all this will give the devices a stronger shipment momentum than previous generations.
2018 iPhone Prices
This is good news for Apple since the iPhone X didn’t sell as well as it had hoped. The $999 starting cost turned away a lot of buyers who weren’t willing to pay that much for a 5.8-inch iPhone. Things are set to be different this year. The 5.8-inch iPhone X (2018) is expected to be priced at $800 – $899 (about Rs 56000 – Rs 63000).
The 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus could go for $900 – $999 (roughly Rs 63000 – Rs 70000). Finally, the 6.1-inch iPhone 9 might be available at $600 – $699 (approx Rs 42000 – Rs 49000). Apple is also rumored to be adding dual-SIM support to the mix this year, a sure-fire way to boost sales in markets like China and India.
The report goes on to add that TSMC is going to fully recover by Q4 2018 from the devastating virus attack it faced recently. Some feared that the supplier wouldn’t be able to fulfill Apple’s orders, but it now looks like there won’t be any delays in chip supply.
The same can’t be said for the 6.1-inch iPhone. The handset’s LCD screen apparently created a bit of a headache for Apple since it’s never tried a minimal bezel design on an LCD panel before, not to mention Face ID complications. The device’s release may get delayed to October or November as a result, but its OLED siblings will likely be available in September itself.