Apple will be looking to clear out all variables that may lead to the production hampering of its 2018 iPhone lineup. This will include a successor to iPhone X, the iPhone X Plus, which is said to feature a massive 6.5-inch display and a more affordable 6.1-inch model that will be touting an LCD display.
Lin also believes the 5.85-inch OLED iPhone may be the cheapest of the three new devices. In addition to a direct follow-up to the iPhone X, complete with a 5.8-inch OLED screen and identical design, Apple is said to be planning a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus model. Component shortages might not be taking place this time as it did during the iPhone X launch, so Apple will be able to speed up the time it takes for users to enjoy the latest iteration of iPhones.
Lin also states that Apple planned on launching an LCD version of the 5.8-inch iPhone.
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The report says the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone will cost around 10 per cent to manufacture compared to the current-generation iPhone X. In comparison, the iPhone X costs roughly $400 (or approx Rs 26,026) to manufacture, which means a total reduction of $40 (or approx Rs 2602).
Depending on who you ask, the iPhone X is either Apple's biggest success or a retail flop. However, the two companies have reached an agreement where there won't be cost increases. The issue of pricing seems to have clicked Apple's mind and hence they have come up with an idea to launch their next phone which will be better than the iPhone X yet cheaper than it. This shows that there's room for Apple to improve - and, frankly, improve dramatically - on this relatively annoying aspect of the iPhone X in future models. The 6.1-inch iPhone device will not get a dual camera nor 3D Touch, according to a previous KGI report. It wouldn't surprise me, then, to see Apple carry this pricing strategy over to the new iPhone models, especially since Apple appears to be reshaping its iPhone segmentation strategy to mirror the iPad's.
The reason for this "rush" is most certainly Apple's desire to avoid last year's supply mishaps that caused the iPhone X to hit the shelves at a later date than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which hurt the overall sales of the device.