The world’s most famous Apple insider is at it again. And now we know why Apple is about to cancel all three of its flagship iPhones…
In a new report attained by MacRumors, KGI Securities’ acclaimed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reveals Apple has been able to do something so remarkable with its exciting new iPhone that the company can soon cancel the iPhone X and any plans for the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus.
Forbes’ Jay McGregor dived into the design ramifications of Kuo’s report, but the real shocker for me is what Kuo reveals Apple has been able to achieve with pricing. Whereas all previous leaks claimed Apple would launch an iPhone X-inspired entry-level model at $799, Kuo states Apple has been able to produce it for just $550.
This would be a stunning breakthrough. The new model in question not only carries the same core design as the iPhone X, but increases the screen size to 6.1-inches and features Face ID facial recognition.
The only cost-saving measures are said to be an LCD rather than OLED panel, a single rear camera and an aluminium chassis rather than stainless steel which is used in the iPhone X.
With Apple also slashing the price of a second generation iPhone X and releasing a new top-of-the-range iPhone X Plus at the original’s $999 price point, this explains why there is no longer room for Apple to continue to iPhone X for a second year - as it has done so successfully with past iPhone models.
The three new models also show why an iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus with their ageing iPhone 6-inspired designs are no longer necessary.
Needless to say, before everyone gets too excited, Kuo could be wrong. What makes this such significant news, however, is Kuo’s track record has successfully exposed Apple’s iPhone plans (in detail) for the last four generations. Meanwhile, he has been promising Apple would cancel the original iPhone X since January.
With Apple under increasing pressure from Chinese manufacturers delivering high spec, premium smartphone designs at midrange prices, it appears there is suddenly an iPhone to match them. And, if Kuo is right yet again, that’s the most exciting breakthrough Apple has made in years…