Mar 21, 2018

New Report Claims The Second-Generation Of iPhone X Will Be 10% Cheaper To Manufacture, May Lead A Price Drop

According to DigiTimes' research analyst Luke Lin, who claims the new 5.8-inch iPhone will be significantly cheaper to manufacture, that could lead a drop from the $999 price point Apple established with iPhone X, Lin cited information from Apple's upstream supply chain.

The report adds that a cost reduction could see Apple positions the new 5.8-inch device as the cheapest model of all three next-generation iPhone models. It's also believed a project to develop a 5.8-inch LCD iPhone has been suspended since the end of the Lunar New Year holidays in mid-February and maybe eventually terminated.

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Furthermore, DigiTimes wrote that the upcoming 5.8-inch iPhone will have a total bill of materials more than 10% lower than the iPhone X had when it first launched. The media located in Taiwan believed that the iPhone X BOM was estimated around $400.

Lin cited information from Apple's upstream supply chain as indicating that the new device's MBOM [manufacturing bill of materials] will be more than 10% lower than that for iPhone X. He added that the MBOM of the iPhone X was more than US$400 in 2017.

In addition to the second-generation of the iPhone X, Apple is also reportedly planning to introduce a new, more affordable 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display. The company also in the work for a larger iPhone X models, which will be as large as 6.5-inches. All of three iPhones are expected to be launched in fall of this year.

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