'Apple's next iPhone could cost less but it may depend on Samsung'

25 April, 2018, 19:09 | Author: Bennie Parsons
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United States tech giant Apple Inc. named a former executive of Samsung Electronics Co.as the new head of its South Korean branch, industry sources said Tuesday.

After skipping over the "iPhone 7s", and introducing the 8 alongside the X previous year, Apple may be looking to simplify iPhone branding in 2018 and onward. Apple is rumored to be working on three iPhone models for 2018 - an affordable 6.1-inch LCD model, and two higher-spec'd OLED models in 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch sizes.

It's just the latest bit of bad news in a series of recent reports suggesting that Apple is slashing orders for its present generation iPhones, and may be leaving manufacturers with excess inventory.

The reported enforced requirement from Apple to Samsung is partly due to its plan to diversify its supply chain for OLED panels. By using LCD instead of OLED panels, Apple coulld save $50; similarly replacing steel frame for another material may save around $20. Both companies are said to be in negotiations, with Apple trying to lower the price of the screens, which could factor into the rumoured lower prices this year's iPhones. Analysts speculate that the larger iPhone X may include support for iPen or the Apple Pencil and may also come in a dual SIM model.


It is believed that the OLED panel accounts for about one-third of the total production cost of an iPhone X, which is now experiencing much lower sales than expected.

"Meanwhile, other sources indicated that prices of smartphone-used OLED panels are likely to go down soon as OLED panel makers in China are likely to cut their prices in order to keep their production lines running".

Apple will be the biggest victor of the soon-to-be-expected reduced OLED panels price.

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