Apple’s 2017 flagship, iPhone X, had both negative and positive reviews when it was launched. It also came with a hefty sticker price starting at $999; a move that will make carriers engage in a price war over subscribers interested in buying the much-awaited phone.
However, the latest report from a Chinese news site suggests that Apple is working on making next year’s model comparatively cheap. As per Economic Daily, the company is manufacturing two new successors of the latest iPhone X in 2018, which will include a high-end and a low-end handset. Moreover, it is rumoured to be called Lisbon and Hangzhou, respectively, in a move to target Chinese buyers who are looking for cheaper devices.
Though it wasn’t discussed in the report, the 2018 devices are believed to have most or all of the current iPhone X’s features. Furthermore, a Japanese site called Macotakara assumes that it is possible to decrease the iPhone’s price up to 10,000 yen or $90 USD, which is on par with its previous deductions for the previous iPhone models.
As time goes by, improvements in the manufacturing process might lead to the cheaper mass production of the iPhone X. Apple is also partnering with different tech firms in a move to further reduce its cost. According to BGR, Apple is working with JDI Display, LG Electronics, and other companies that can manufacture OLED screens since Samsung cannot help to manufacture the screens for all the iPhone handsets every year. Apple is currently working with JDI Display with the possibility of installing Full Active screens that could replace the current OLED screen, while still maintaining its features.
The rumours are obviously not official, and we have to wait and see if the rumours are true.