"Apple Slashes Production Cost For Cheap New 5.8" iPhone X

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Since the release of the iPhone X past year, people have been waiting with bated breath to see how Apple will expand upon this sleek and high-tech iteration of their popular smartphone. This would translate into $1,099 for the baseline iPhone X Plus and $1,249 for the higher-end storage option.

At the moment, the iPhone X is available in two colors - silver and space gray. Apple resorted to launching the iPhone X later in the year compared to its traditional cycles.

According to a report in Taiwanese publication Digitimes, Apple could launch a 5.85-inch OLED iPhone that would be cheaper to manufacture than the original iPhone X (REVIEW).

That said, the 5.85-inch OLED iPhone will surprisingly be the cheapest of the three.

Currently, the original iPhone X's manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) supposedly costs Apple $400, minus distribution, marketing and the likes. The iPhone X now costs $1000 (or approx Rs 65,085), making it the most expensive smartphone from Apple.

The 10 percent decrease would mean a total reduction of around $40 (or Rs 2,602).

Apple's iPhone X was a massive hit, at least during the initial days. He further adds, "For the new lineup, Lin believes the 5.85-inch OLED iPhone may be the cheapest of the three new devices, as some of the smartphone's recent engineering samples have adopted components with lower-level specifications or lower capacities than those of the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with LPDDR memory being one of the major differences". However, the project was suspended in mid-February and must have been eventually terminated later on.

Its move into displays has the long-term potential to hurt a range of suppliers, from screen makers like Samsung Electronics Company, Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corporation and LG Display Company to companies like Synaptics Inc that produce chip-screen interfaces.

The top of the line will use an OLED display too, quite a large one – 6.45”.

Reports have emerged that Apple is developing its own MicroLED displays for its upcoming devices so as to reduce its reliance on other display manufacturers. How, then, might Apple price the larger iPhone X Plus? Lin also suggested that the 5.85-inch OLED model might very well be the upgradation of the canceled LCD project, modified due to MBOM concerns.

It is rumored that the affordable version might be a new iPhone SE, a series we haven't seen since 2016. That may not seem like a lot, but when you multiply it over the millions of phones that Apple will likely ship in this upcoming fall season, the iPhone 11 cost savings will be significant.

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