Apple to phase out the iPhone X and SE over unprecedented demand for upgrades

Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but analysts are again clamoring that Apple will phase out production of the iPhone X, replacing it with the newer 2018 crop on the wholesome, but this time they are adding the iPhone SE to the chopping block, too.

It all makes perfect sense, though - if Apple is making the biggest bet on big-screen phones in its history this year, tiny 4-inchers needn't apply (cue the jokes here), and neither do controversial $999 phones that will be made obsolete by their successor, and an eventual $699 6-incher with LCD screen and a notch. Not to mention how comparatively expensive the X is to produce - those exclusive contracts with Samsung Display, the TrueDepth camera suppliers and all that, may all be nixed when Apple phases it out for newly-negotiated component prices in its successor.

Thus, BlueFin analysts are predicting a giant wave of upgrades for Apple this year, due to "pent-up demand," and people sitting out the iPhone X due to price and other reasons, who will have little choice but to pick one of the three models that Apple will be introducing in the fall. They tip that the team from Cupertino has allegedly planned to order about 180 million phones in total to suppliers for its next fiscal year (part of it will still be iPhone 8 units for the nostalgia-driven), which is a giant number. The reasons?


source: Barron's

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. Lukino

Posts: 31; Member since: May 04, 2018

R. I. P. Se.X

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look when carriers are giving BOGO deals with really large gift cards, and they are still not moving. Then why make an SE 2 or SE X? Even PhoneArena a few days ago post an iPhone SE deal for $85, and that came with a $35 straight talk prepaid card making the SE $50. Next to nobody wants that tiny @$$ non HD low resolution display these days. You say R.I.P. I say good riddance.

15. civicsr2cool

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

"Next to nobody wants that tiny @$$ non HD low resolution display these days." I would be willing to pay $1000 for an updated version/SE2. There are ZERO one hand use flagship phones anymore :(

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Then go buy a Sony Xperia XZ2 compact. That was only released a few months ago. Not to mention it's superior in every way compared to the iPhone SE. Not to mention you will save $400. Especially if your willing to pay $1000 for a tiny @$$ phone.

23. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Not to mention Sony’s crappy firmware.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I want SE2 now and I will have no issues with paying up to 800$ if it's a smaller iPX

6. yeayeayeaaa

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Android user here but would absolutely consider switching to an iPhone SE2 if they made one. Love the form factor as I don't use my phones for really anything but texting, music social media and email. Upgrade the processor, screen, cameras and you can have my 500-800$.

21. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I too wish they would make an SE 2 available. I can't say that I would be willing to pay $500 to $800 for it, but I would have no problem, say, three and a half years from now, paying $200 for one in a final run. I just wasn't ready to grab an iPhone SE in time before their upcoming cancellation, and it was certainly unnecessary considering that when I absolutely needed a new device 6 months ago, I paid a quarter of the SE's price and got the LG Fortune that I am using now without too many problems (and certainly no serious problems), and I have learned to live with it just fine. My strategy now is to buy one more cheap phone in another year and a half, and then two years later to have saved up enough money to comfortably throw down $200 on a then-4-year-old iPhone 9 (if the pricing pattern of the iPhone 6 at Cricket is any indication of what could happen with an iPhone 9 in three and a half years...). All the people who think I'm too poor to get an iPhone will have been silenced, and I will get to sample a product that I have looked forward to from time to time for a long time... I wanted to get an iPhone 3GS back in the day, but opted instead for a Nokia E75 which I loved and enjoyed for a few years. Back then I had no qualms about throwing down the cash, but in the last seven years or so I have become a real miser.

8. deleon629

Posts: 451; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

With the strong following that both these phones have, I'll believe this news when I see the company actually discontinue the model. Apple has a history of only discontinuing stuff that actually losses profit, last i checked, so this should be interesting...

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That tiny @$$ display is useless nowadays. It's so low in terms of resolution. It not even HD. Even the iPhone 8 is the lowest resolution display nowadays compared to the competition. You can buy $100 Android smartphones nowadays with a larger higher resolution display than an iPhone 8. I am surprised that the 4.7" iPhone display lasted this long as well.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Apple has a history of only discontinuing stuff that actually losses profit" Proof again that the phones didn't do as good as what has been said.

20. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I believe you're thinking about the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+.

22. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Never said they are. I did say Samsungs was doing ok. But if the iX is doing so good why wouldn't you do away with a older model.

11. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Saddened, but I can see how this makes sense. The fact that three phones are coming out, it's going to be a lot to also produce those 2 as well, along with the 7 and 8 series.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just have me a 6.5 in blush gold, blue, space gray, or black. Preferably 512 gigs.

18. Wazupmrg

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

So, essentially you're spinning the fact it was a complete flop. Between you and Fox News, we won't need gravitation to spin the Earth. Lol. Just say due to underwhelming demand, they need to find something their consumers actually want.

19. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

If they want to keep the notch trend they must get rid of the SE, unfortunately making the SE X full screen with the notch is an engineering nightmare, even the manufacturer is having problems making the screen for a 6.1" screen, now imaging making that screen 2" smaller with thin bezels, just impossible with our current tech. Also Apple won't invest into something that won't sell that much. I'll choose between the 5.8" or 6.1" models since they've the average size of the market. I was looking forward the Galaxy S8 but the screen burn-ins i've seen in the stores and the bloatware let me down.

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