Friday, 25 May, 2018

First dual-SIM iPhones could be right around the corner

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Olivia Ford | 20 April, 2018, 01:41

Kuo believes that the 6.1 inch LCD model of the 2018 iPhone will be launched in September and will start at a price of US$ 550. Kuo's latest note, which was shared by 9to5Mac, reveals that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will have two models: one with a standard single SIM and another with dual SIM dual standby.

However, the iPhone SE 2 likely won't get all the bells and whistles of the iPhone X. There are rumors that Apple is trying to lower the production costs and complexities associated with its new flagship, so features like FaceID that require expensive parts and laborious construction probably won't make it into the iPhone SE 2.

While most Android OEMs, including rival Samsung, have offered dual SIM card support without charging a premium, Apple's decision to include dual SIM card support comes at a small price hike in the upcoming iPhone X variant. Not many people would think about carrying two phones just to use two numbers for different occasions so why not let a cheaper iPhone do the same thing by giving it a dual-SIM feature?

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that the single SIM model will help the company in increasing its market share in China and commercial markets.

Kuo also appears bullish on this iPhone model's sales performance.

Kuo also predicts that Apple could sell between 100 million and 120 million units of 6.1 inch LCD iPhone between third quarter of 2018 an 2019. Last year, Apple didn't release its iPhone X until November.

The iPhone SE hasn't been updated since it first launched in March 2016 and, with the cheaper Android competition improving rapidly, now could be a very good time to upgrade this lower cost Apple smartphone.

Apple has refrained from adding dual-SIM support in its iPhones all these years, but 2018 could be different for the company. While the dual-SIM variant is expected to be priced between $650 and $750. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is on the second and third spot respectively, with the older previous generation flagships iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6 Plus led the list of top 10 smartphones. But on the other hand, the Counterpoint Research data validates Apple's strategy of pricing the iPhone X high. An earlier report had suggested that the half price phone may have a 5.85-inch display. As per the speculations, some of them may be hinting to the new iPhone SE models. A few of these registered model numbers could belong to the highly-anticipated iPhone SE 2.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st.

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