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Apple's 2019 iPhone series could maintain current prices despite slow sales

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Apple's 2019 iPhone series could maintain current prices despite slow sales
CAD-based render of an alleged iPhone XI prototype

According to reports, Apple is working on three separate iPhone models for release later on this year. These will act as successors to the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max and, if new information obtained by Droid Shout is anything to go by, the 2019 trio could cost the same as the current-gen models in the US.

If true, the iPhone XR (2019) will cost consumers $749 while the iPhone XI should retail at $999. Similarly, the iPhone XI Max, or whatever the device ends up being called, looks set to start at $1,099. 

Over the past few months, Apple has faced declining iPhone sales across the globe, something that has largely been attributed to the company’s high prices. Over in the US, however, it seems iPhone sales have remained largely unaffected – Apple’s iPhone installed base is up to 189 million users – so the decision to maintain the same price points certainly isn’t surprising.

Naturally, because Apple’s 2019 iPhone series is still over 6 months away, pricing could still easily be changed prior to launch. Similarly, it’s worth noting that the cost of the models internationally is likely to be lowered. After all, Apple recently announced that it would begin reducing its prices in certain markets in order to boost sales. 

As to what can be expected from the new models, Droid Shout corroborates previous rumors by stating that the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max will make use of OLED displays complete with smaller notches. The iPhone XR’s successor, on the other hand, will feature an LCD panel once again. According to today’s report, though, there’s a possibility that its notch won’t be any smaller.

Like the current-gen model, the 2019 iPhone XR will also be available in a wide range of colors. However, one of this is allegedly being scrapped in favor of a new green option.
Lastly, the 2019 iPhone models are said to include a new polished coating which will improve grip. Droid Shout also claims that prototypes with USB-C ports are currently in testing, although the Lightning port could still be retained. The report also points towards dual-camera setups on the iPhone XR (2019) and iPhone XI, while the iPhone XI Max should feature three rear sensors.

Apple’s 2019 iPhones should land in September alongside a next-gen Apple Watch. Prior to this, the Silicon Valley-based firm is expected to announce updated AirPods, an all-new iPod Touch, the iPad Mini 5 and iPad (2019) and, of course, the AirPower charging mat.

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