Is Apple planning to kill the original iPhone X?

When Tim Cook revealed the iPhone X at the September Apple event, he described it as “the future of the smartphone”.

Is Apple planning to kill the original iPhone X?

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In the purely literal sense, that was true, in that it was released two months later – but in the more figurative, its legacy looks considerably less peachy. A source with a long history of successfully predicting Apple’s movements has predicted that the iPhone X will be killed off in the summer – the first Apple-flavoured handset to die after a generation since the iPhone 5C.

While most flagship Apple handsets live on to become the cheaper model the following year, it looks like the iPhone X will not get this gentle retirement. The source, via AppleInsider, is KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who blames disappointing sales of the £999 smartphone. The sales are said to be particularly sluggish in China, where bigger-screened smartphones are more popular. So it’s back to the drawing board for a more appealing design.is_apple_planning_to_kill_the_original_iphone_x_-_2

To be clear, the iPhone X’s legacy is still likely to endure, even if the phone itself doesn’t. Kuo believes that Apple is due to announce three new smartphones in September, including a 5.8in second-generation iPhone X, a 6.5in iPhone X Plus and a 6.1in follow-up to the iPhone SE complete with Face ID. That would be quite a turnaround, given the original SE was designed to be more compact for smaller pockets.

Kuo forecasts that Apple is due a modest 5% growth in the first half of the year, but is optimistic this will rise to 10% when the 2018 models are released – chiefly because he believes the rumoured devices will appeal more to Chinese tastes. If this is indeed the case, the original iPhone X will be gone, but definitely not forgotten – at least by the Apple accounts department.

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