We are now so close to the unveiling of the new iPhone models. Apple confirmed that the company will hold an event on September 12 where it will announce three new iPhone models, one of which includes a cheaper iPhone model. In reality, Apple has been working on an affordable iPhone model for years in an attempt to target emerging markets.
Sources claim that Apple is struggling to sell its iPhone models in India and China. The Cupertino firm is facing a lot of competition with local smartphone brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, or Huawei. Huawei is currently the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, with more than 60 million units shipped every quarter.
According to the latest reports, Huawei surpassed Apple to grab the number two position on the market. Sources say that the Chinese smartphone brands are dominating the emerging markets like India or China. They are best known for offering low-cost smartphones with crazy specs. However, they have begun shifting their focus to the premium market.
Rumors regarding Apple’s upcoming cheaper iPhone have been out there for months. We have heard that the phone will sport a 6.1-inch display, but it will stick to an LCD panel at launch to keep its price in check. Sources say that Apple has been working on integrating OLED panels into all iPhone models. However, Apple needs more time to work on them.
According to the latest rumors, Apple’s upcoming 6.1 inch iPhone model will start at $849, which is higher than expected. In reality, the cheaper iPhone is rumored to be priced at$499 at launch. However, it seems that they are not cheap at all.
Last week, sources claimed that the 6.1 inch iPhone model will be called iPhone 9 this year. Last year, Apple skipped the iPhone 9 and went straight to iPhone X to celebrate the 10th birthday of its iPhone. The iPhone 9 is believed to carry a $799 price tag this year. That’s the same price as the current iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
The cheaper iPhone will come with wireless charging and Face ID at launch. However, it will lack some features to keep the price lower at launch.
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