Apple’s most radically designed new iPhone, the iPhone X was also the most expensive from the company in its entire history. The $999 price tag was one of the factors that affected the sales of the flagship from the Cupertino-based handset maker. Now, it’s almost time for a refresh and a new prediction from industry analysts TrendForce suggests the starting price for any of the upcoming iPhone X models will not cross $999.
By now, probably everyone interested in iPhones knows that there will be three models. The 5.8-inch may start at $899 (around Rs 63,100), and go up to $949 (around Rs 66,600). While the most expensive and biggest of them, the 6.5-inch model will start at $999. These are the two OLED panel bearing models. What about the 6.1-inch affordable one? That’s supposed to begin at $699 (around Rs 49,000). While the highest end will retail for $749 (Rs 52,000 approx).
The real raison d’etre underlying the predictions is that iPhone X sales were not up to their predictions. That combined by the ever-improving aggressive pricing of Chinese competitors has put Apple in a tight corner.
Another juicy piece of info coming out of the same report is that the new iPhones will support Apple Pencil. Moreover, Apple will finally be coming to market with a 512GB variant and 4GB of RAM on the premium OLED panel phones, if the report holds true.
Shipping is predicted for all three models in September – October timeframe although Apple has made no comments on any of these points so far.