Apple Reportedly Working On More Affordable Versions of the iPhone X
The iPhone X is set to launch next month and it looks to be a beautiful phone that is packed with features. Unfourantely greatness comes at a price and that price is $1,000. Understandably, many people are wary of spending so much money on a smartphone, but those willing to wait a bit may get their hands on more affordable versions of the iPhone X.
It’s been reported that Apple may be working on new versions of the iPhone X which could be $100 cheaper than the company’s current offerings. The new versions of the iPhone X are reportedly codenamed Lisbon and Hangzhou which is a departure from Apple’s general naming scheme. The updated models of the iPhone 7 were codenamed D10 and D20. Of course, these are simply code names so things could change as development continues.
One thing to keep in mind regarding these rumors is the reason behind the iPhone X’s high price point. While a lot of it undoubtedly has to do with Face ID and other new technologies, part of the problem stems from Samsung serving as the sole supplier of OLED displays. The South Korean tech giant is one of Apple’s biggest rivals in the smartphone space and it is currently charging Apple a premium for the creation of OLED displays.
Apple is currently in talks with LG Display regarding the production of OLED displays. This move might save Apple some money in the long run, but it likely won’t happen until at least 2019. There are several issues that LG needs to resolve before it can produce OLED displays in the quality and quantity that Apple needs for the iPhone and most industry analysist speculate it will be at least a year before those issues are resolved. However, the reports indicate that the talks have neared completion so perhaps the iPhone 11 will be a bit cheaper than the X.
The rumors regarding the Lisbon and Hangzhou should be taken with a grain of salt for now, but we’ll monitor this story as it develops. Hopefully, $1,000 doesn’t become the new standard for future iPhones.
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