Ming-Chi Kuo is back! Widely regarded as the ‘best
Picked up MacRumors, Kuo states Apple will make moves with its new iPhones which might surprise long-term fans. Let’s break them down:
#1 – Colourful Past, Colourful Future
Kuo states Apple will return to its iPhone 5C strategy this year by releasing a ‘budget iPhone X’ model in multiple colours. These include white, blue, red and orange alongside the usual (space) gray. And this is just the start.
Consistently reliable tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @Onleaks) adds to Kuo’s report saying Apple is also considering yellow and pink.
Kuo notes the more premium second generation iPhone X and massive new iPhone X Plus will come in just three colours: the standard white (aka silver) and black (aka space gray) as well as a new shade of gold, something Apple has experimented with before.
#2 – Dual Sim
While dual sim phones have been hugely popular in Asia for years, Apple has long resisted the pull until now. Kuo’s report says Apple will introduce dual-sim dual-standby (DSDS) functionality for the iPhone X Plus (no word on other models) allowing users to run two networks simultaneously.
For some, this will be a pointless feature but for many the option to keep work and home sims, or home and foreign sims when travelling, in the same phone could prove a deal maker.
#3 – Price Cuts
Kuo was the first person to state Apple would slash iPhone prices back in January and he has now doubled down on this in his new report. Kuo believes Apple will price the iPhone X Plus at the original iPhone X price of just under $1,000 (assume $999), with the second generation iPhone X sitting below it, while the budget iPhone X will be just $700.
It is the last of these which is likely to get everyone’s attention. Given the budget iPhone X (my guess is it will simply be called ‘iPhone’ like the entry level ‘MacBook’ and ‘iPad’) will sport an (almost) identical design to its premium stablemates, a $300 saving should have widespread appeal. Especially considering the relatively minor feature compromises.
None of which is to the say the new iPhones are flawless. In fact, we already know they will have disappointingly iterative performance.
That said, speed has never been the primary concern as iPhones are already blisteringly quick, so a compromise here of performance stagnation in return for some genuine attempts to reinvigorate the range and ease the strain on our wallets could well bring Apple the sales supercycle the original iPhone X failed to deliver…
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