IPhone X 'world's best-shipping smartphone' during holidays, Canalys reports

The iPhone X may not be around once its replacements hit the market – here's why

Well, who saw this coming?

While the devices are rumored to resemble the iPhone X, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in the research note that the 6.1-inch model will not come with last year's stacked logic board an L-shaped battery pack. In such a scenario, discontinuing the iPhone X instead of cutting its price by the customary $100 might make a lot more sense for Apple.

Overall, Apple is looking at its best quarter till date as the sales figures of other iPhone models - iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7S Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus - are also estimated to remain impressive in Q4 2017.

A new report by Canalys further noted that "Adoption was driven by upgrade demand in operator-centric markets, where Apple's installed base is high and customers can finance the cost of handsets over many months". Presumably, a next-gen version of the current 5.8-inch iPhone X will be released alongside the aforementioned 6.5-inch model, which will likely be positioned as an iPhone X Plus.

If the rumor mill is something to be taken seriously at this stage, it would be beneficial to note that Apple will launch a 6.1-inch iPhone in 2018. As per Kuo's note, reviewed by Mac Rumors, if Apple keeps the first generation iPhone X for a reduced price, say for an instance Dollars 899, it would cannibalise the sales of upcoming models. It's arguably a tougher device for Apple to get right, since it'll need to occupy a lower price point. The iPhones follow the iPhone 8 and iPhone X released last fall. It also introduces an OLED display design and a suite of new features for augmented reality applications. This comes with 18:9 aspect ratio, 2,160x1,080 resolution, and has slim bezels on all four sides - that's pretty much a prerequisite for any high-end or upper-midrange phone in this day and age. However, this shouldn't have any effect on key user experience.

If this turns out to be the case, and we're sceptical given the 3D Touch prediction, the 6.1-inch iPhone will be the least inspiring offering. As for the United States, another research firm found that the iPhone X is also selling well in Apple's backyard.

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