Apple to replace your iPhone 6 Plus with 6s Plus

Muriel Hammond
January 23, 2018

The company is supposedly struggling to justify iPhone X production because of poor sales - and may scrap the phone later this year.

In his note, Kuo appeared to imply the move was a response to weak demand, particularly in China, where smartphone buyers are said to be more skeptical of the infamous "notch". The document states "orders for whole unit service inventory of some iPhone 6 Plus models may be substituted to an iPhone 6s Plus until the end of March 2018".

Either way, the rumor comes as quite a surprise.

On the other hand, KGI's forecast interestingly suggests that Apple will eventually stop making the now available iPhone X device later this year once the production of the new iPhones to be released in 2018 ramps up. The company usually keeps making and selling older iPhones year after year, just at reduced cost.

In other Apple news, SVP Johny Srouji sold 5,760 shares of the business's stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 22nd. Now, with the first generation of iPhone X done, that traditional movement isn't likely. If this is indeed the case, the original iPhone X will be gone, but definitely not forgotten - at least by the Apple accounts department.

Ming-Chi Kuo is right that iPhone X production will shut down, and it'll probably be in the summer.

In a word: No.

The new devices are expected to lead to an increase in Apple shipments of between 5% and 10% in 2018 and Kuo's prediction is more optimistic than the market's overall smartphone expectations. The OLED supply chain is still ramping up capacity to accommodate Apple's volumes for iPhone X. With Apple expected to launch two OLED-equipped models later this year, up from just one OLED-equipped iPhone in 2017, the company is already going to need significantly more OLED panels. We are expecting Apple to release any further models of the iPhone X. There is a high chance of there being a completely new series altogether. 47,900) and feature a 6.1-inch display. This year however, many iPhone buyers purchased the somewhat less expensive iPhone 8 and generally had more options. Keeping some features like an OLED display exclusive to only the high-end flagship also helps differentiate that model, justifying the premium $999 starting price tag that has attracted so much controversy. Apple's in a great place, and we'll have a clearer snapshot after it reports financial results for its fiscal first quarter next week.

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