Apple plans to release three new iPhone models this year, including a successor to its struggling XR model, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Reports for the company's problems with the iPhone XR continue to surface, fuelled by analysts decreasing shipment estimates for the smartphone.
According to the Wall Street Journal's sources, the firm will be implementing a triple camera system on the highest end iPhone - presumably the iPhone XS Max successor. "Or, Apple might be under pressure to clean out its stock of iPhones". Are you disappointed that only the most expensive iPhone (presumably, the XI Max) will get a triple camera, while the others are likely to stick with a dual camera setup?
The Tame Apple Press thinks that Apple is testing the Chinese market to see if price cuts make the slightest bit of difference. One seller had a 256GB version of the iPhone XS Max, Apple's most premium device, for 9,699 yuan ($1,436), way below the US firm's official selling price of 10,999 yuan ($1,628) for that smartphone.
As for the iPhone XR, that will be seeing an update in 2019 as well, the Journal says. Huawei's Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro, launched previous year, carry three rear cameras.
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Suning, another major online retailer, is now selling the 128GB iPhone XR at 5,799 yuan through coupons, 1,200 yuan lower than Apple's official price. Some retailers are discounting up to $118 (Rs 8,200 approximately) for the 64GB variant of iPhone XR. The flagship iPhone product earns Apple about two-thirds of its revenue, and allows the company to generate more money from attached products like Apple Watches, AirPods, and services like Apple Music.
We are still at a very early stage of iPhone rumours, though.
Apple does not report individual unit sales for iPhones and iPads in its quarterly earnings reports, so we won't know exactly how many iPhone XRs have sold since its release in October 2018.