Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Apple may discontinue iPhone X within a year of launch, says analyst

Apple may discontinue iPhone X within a year of launch, says analyst

According to reports, KGI anticipates that the company will announce a successor to the iPhone X that will have a slightly bigger display measuring 6.1 inches along with an "iPhone X Plus" with a 6.5-inch screen. As per the analyst, Apple will manage to ship 62 million units of iPhone X in total, which is comparatively down from the estimated sales of 80 million. The iPhone 8 Plus ranked third, with 17 percent or so, bringing the grand total of the 2017-launched trio at 61 percent. Kuo noted that the consumers in China dislike the final design of the X due to the noticeable notch on the top half of its display. The average revenue per user is higher for iPhone X than lower-priced models. Artificial intelligence will be surely supported as it has become a trend, and we can also expect a more powerful Apple A12 SoC on the hardware side.

Per MacRumors, Kuo's note to investors today included the following: "iPhone X would hurt product brand value & lineup of 2H18 new models if it continues to sell at a lower price after 2H18 new models launch", said Kuo.

Credit Suisse analysts told their clients that the iPhone X production for the January-March quarter had been lowered to just 19 million units.

Apple was hoping for strong sale numbers in China, but unfortunately for the company, that was not the case.

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In a nutshell, "We believe that there have been some iPhone X specific component order cuts over the last two weeks, particularly in the dual core battery, camera module, and 3D sensing components". The memo mentions that the upgrade program will run through March 2018, which is about when new iPhone 6 Plus batteries are set to come in. Sinolink Securities analyst Zhang Bin said nearly everyone who wanted an iPhone X had already purchased it. Yuanta Investment Consulting has also reduced its first-quarter shipment estimate from 30 million to 26 million units.

A forecast from KGI Securities states that the iPhone X might reach "end of life" around summer 2018, which means that all production will be halted.

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