Apple's 2018 5.85-inch iPhone X model will likely cost cheaper

Rosemary Collier
March 24, 2018

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.

According to the DigiTimes report, the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 cost will be around 10% cheaper to produce.

The report further claimed Apple purchased fewer OLED panels from Samsung Display than it had earlier committed due to the weak demand for the iPhone X. This resulted in Apple's South Korean panel supplier to "bargain more chips" in its negotiation for manufacturing OLED panels for the upcoming iPhones. That should translate to a cheaper price than the $999 price tag Apple has affixed to the iPhone X. 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. The 6.1-inch iPhone will apparently retain most elements of the iPhone X design, but use an LCD display and lack some features like 3D Touch. This could be an indication for Apple fans to expect a price drop from the massive $999 price point of the iPhone X that was launched past year.

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That possibility may have caused Apple to launch two LCD iPhones and one OLED iPhone only this year.

Apple recently sent out invites to an event, where the company is expected to announce new products and services.

Apple's iPhone X was a massive hit, at least during the initial days. The report from Digitimes Research analyst Luke Lin mentions that the 5.8-inch variant of the second generation iPhone X will be much cheaper to manufacture than the current device.

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Apple managed to reach a better agreement with Samsung Display, which will mean that the panel costs will not increase. Considering that the iPhone X costs around $400 to make, that equates to about $40 in savings.

iPhone sales did miss expectations during Apple's most recent quarter, but CEO Tim Cook said that the "iPhone X surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November".

In particular, the iPhone X supply side ramp was held back by limited production of the Infrared lasers used in the TrueDepth camera system.

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It is rumored that the affordable version might be a new iPhone SE, a series we haven't seen since 2016.

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