It was only a few days ago that we heard the 2018 iPhone X was going to be cheaper than the 2017 iPhone X. A RBC Capital Markets analyst named Amit Daryanani has now provided more proof of this prediction with a memo to investors.
Daryanani backs up reports of there being 3 iPhones this year namely a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone, and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. The first is set to be a direct sequel to the original iPhone X, while the second will be a plus-sized version of the same.
The 2017 iPhone X sets buyers back by $999, but the 2018 iPhone X might become $100 less expensive at $899. The old $999 rate might be passed over to the iPhone X Plus. This is great news for anyone who thought the original was a tad too costly for them.
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According to Daryanani, Apple has had limited success with pitching the iPhone X at $999. Making its successor more affordable would lower the average selling price, but the brand could compensate for that by upping the number of units sold.
The memo also claims that the LCD iPhone will be utilizing aluminum frames and the OLED ones a premium steel frame. All 3 are likely to adopt Face ID, signaling the end of Touch ID as we know it. Daryanani thinks the LCD iPhone will cost about $700+.
Some say the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will be the cheapest, while others believe the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone will be at the bottom of the rung. The former theory makes sense, especially seeing as how having a LCD screen and aluminum edges will lower production expenses.