Apple will not kill the iPhone X this year
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jan 30, 2018,
Jan 30, 2018, 23:17
The demand did not meet the expectations of Apple. Kuo has claimed that the iPhone SE 2 could come with only a few changes like a faster processor and a lower price if at all Apple releases one. Kuo says that the iPhone SE 2 might not feature iPhone X-like characteristics, with 3D sensing for Face ID or wireless charging.
Adding to the concerns, Verizon said last week its postpaid device activations were lower than previous year as people were keeping phones longer.
Apple's latest smartphone featuring a 6.1-inch LCD display expected to hit the market, later this year.
Nikkei's prediction, based on "channel checks" with Apply suppliers, has its detractors, however.
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Researchers also declared the iPhone X the most fragile iPhone in Apple's history.
The group also asked Apple to lay down their concrete plans to address the matter in relation to the affected iPhone users in China. The 3D sensors for the facial recognition as well as the edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED display panels are highly technical and hard to manufacture. That would certainly soften the blow of a substantial production cut, as would healthy sales of the more affordable iPhone 8. iPhone X gets all of the attention, but it's not the sales leader.
Experts believe the lack of interest in the phone is largely due to the notch, which many potential Chinese customers believe removes too much space on the screen.
Trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has cast a shadow of doubt over the prospect of an iPhone SE 2 launch in 2018.
Apple's failure to sell its OLED-equipped iPhone X is forcing other smartphone makers to rethink their own strategy. The company is expected to show a slight uptick in iPhone shipments -79 million, up 0.9% from a year ago, according to the analyst consensus.
Apple was not immediately available for comment.
The market is trying to factor in Kuo's report and figure out what it means for Apple and its suppliers.