New Leak Suggests iPhone 11 Cost Might Be Lower Than iPhone X

by Linda Olson March 23, 2018, 21:23
New Leak Suggests iPhone 11 Cost Might Be Lower Than iPhone X

"Thanks to the cost reduction, Apple may position the new 5.85-inch device as the cheapest model of all three next-generation iPhone models".

Apple has sent out invites to an event taking place on 27 March in Chicago and speculation is building that a cheaper MacBook Air, a new iPad, and an upgraded iPhone SE - the iPhone SE 2 - are going to be unveiled. If this report by DigiTimes is indeed true, it will be much easier to get your favorite iPhone model this year.

The research note also added that due to a weak demand for the iPhone X, Apple pulled fewer OLED panels from Samsung Display as the compared to what the company had committed. The 5.8-inch next-gen iPhone is expected to be an iterative internals improvement over the current iPhone X, with the potential for a small price cut.

Component makers will see their revenues start moving upward in the second quarter of 2018 if Apple can start delivering new iPhone series early in the third quarter, commented the sources. KGI Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple could launch up to three new iPhone models this year.

Currently, the original iPhone X's manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) supposedly costs Apple $400, minus distribution, marketing and the likes.

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When Apple launched the iPhone X in September previous year, it was (and still is) the most expensive iPhone ever. Apple is set to debut three new iPhones later this year, an update to the 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch device dubbed "iPhone X Plus" and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

There was another project, undertaken by Apple, to develop a 5.85-inch LCD iPhone. "However, the project was shut mid-February and maybe eventually terminated". The Apple Watch uses LG Display, while the new iPhone X uses Samsung's OLED screens.

Reportedly, Apple has a secret testing facility in Santa Clara, California, where it is designing and producing test samples of its own displays. It is unlikely that the technology will reach an iPhone for at least three to five years as MicroLED screens are more hard to produce than the current displays, Bloomberg said.

Hypebeast notes how the smartphone will include an edge-to-edge retina display, as opposed to a rumoured 6.5-inch screen with the more standard LED technology.

Further, also recently reported about the upcoming iPhone X variants is the existence of a new blush gold color option. If Apple were to pass on that savings to customers, the next iPhone X could cost about $900 instead of $999.

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