Apple will likely discontinue the iPhone X and ageing iPhone SE in fall according to BlueFin Research analysts in a move to push customers towards Apple’s “iPhone 9, iPhone 11, and iPhone 11 Plus” when released later in the year.
According to analysts John Donovan and Steve Mullane, the decision has been made to cut the iPhone X and iPhone SE out of Apple’s product line-up to ensure customers aren’t tempted away from Apple’s new hardware launching in September.
The researchers name Apple’s rumored low-cost colorful 6.1-inch LCD iPhone as the “iPhone 9”, and the upgrades to the company’s main iPhone line as the “iPhone 11, and iPhone 11 Plus” which are expected to be minor tweaks and improvements to the current iPhone X.
Ex-KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claimed Apple would discontinue iPhone X earlier in the year, similarly reporting Apple wouldn’t want the device to dampen the release of its new hardware. – Within the report published by BlueFin, analysts note Apple is reportedly producing 28 million units of the iPhone 9, and 11 and 11 Plus in Q3, up from a prior estimate of 24 million units.
For the fall, the analysts model Apple making 28 million units of the iPhone 9, and 11 and 11 Plus in Q3, up from a prior estimate of 24 million units. They expect another 63 million units in Q4, 46 million units in Q1 of next year, and 46 million units in Q2. All those numbers are higher than they were previously.
Plenty of reports have claimed Apple is working on an update to the iPhone SE, however; personally speaking I doubt that Apple will update the ageing hardware and can certainly see it being discontinued if the company did release a low-cost “iPhone 9” in fall.