Apple Will Kill iPhone X By Summer 2018, Predicts Analyst

Joanna Estrada
January 22, 2018

"At 61%, the three newest iPhone models together represented a somewhat smaller share of total U.S. iPhone sales in the quarter, compared to 72% for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus a year ago", said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder.

Apple will release an iPhone X Plus later this year to address these concerns, Kuo claimed. CUCS claims that Apple's decision to throttle older models of iPhone (such as the iPhone 6 and 7 series) with degraded batteries is a scam created to push Apple customers towards newer, more expensive models of the company's phones as part of a planned obsolescence strategy.

During a trip to China, Apple boss Tim Cook said he "couldn't be happier" with the demand for the iPhone X in the People's Republic.

He predicts the iPhone X could be "end of life" as soon as this summer, rather than being kept on as a cheaper option for the following year. This is interesting as the notch enables facial recognition features, including Face ID, through the built-in TrueDepth Camera system.

This claim comes from highly-regarded Apple prognosticator Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at the KGI securities firm. Despite the fact that iPhone X has a bigger screen than iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the notch gives users an illusion that they have less screen area to use. "CIRP finds that the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X accounted for 61% of total USA iPhone sales in the quarter, with iPhone 8 at 24%, iPhone 8 Plus at 17%, and iPhone X at 20%".

The 5.8-inch (14.8 cm) edge-to-edge display and associated parts cost $65.50, compared with $36 for the iPhone 8's 4.7-inch display, the analysis found. Take a look at the chart below for more details.

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