When Apple unveils a trio of new iPhone models this fall, the company could leave the iPhone X behind, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Much of that has to do with circumstance, Kuo claims, with Apple worried the device could cannibalize sales of its rumored â€mid-rangeâ€ 6.1-inch iPhone with Face ID. That device is expected to feature an LCD display and specs that fall slightly below Appleâ€™s other planned handsets.
Hereâ€™s the relevant portion from Kuoâ€™s research note:
To sell iPhone X at a lower price may have a negative impact on shipments of the new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone in 2H18. Thus, we estimate iPhone X will reach end-of-life (EOL) around the middle of 2018.
Kuoâ€™s research note doesnâ€™t appear to cite any evidence to suggest this is the approach Apple will go with. However, his speculation makes sense if you consider Appleâ€™s possible lineup. There will be a sequel to the iPhone X; just donâ€™t expect the current model to be offered at a discounted price.
Rather, Apple will likely continue to offer the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at a lower price, alongside a brand new iPhone SE. Additionally, the company is also expected to launch a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, which will likely be the companyâ€™s most expensive handset ever.
MacRumors has a smart breakdown of what Appleâ€™s 2018 lineup could look like:
So, if you have plans to pickup the current iPhone X, you better do so before this summer. Otherwise, youâ€™ll have to wait until the fall when Apple introduces a sequel.