Apple has been relying on TSMC’s foundry for a few years to fabricate its A-series chips used inside iPhones and iPads. While the A13 chip inside 2019 iPhones will continue to be fabricated on 7nm, TSMC is working on its 5nm foundries to secure orders from Apple for 2020 iPhones.
For the 2019 iPhones, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will launch three iPhones with the same display sizes as the existing models. This will include the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successor featuring a 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED display and an iPhone XR successor featuring a 6.1-inch LCD display.
Late last year, Apple introduced a trade-in program where it was offering customers the iPhone XR for as low as $449 if they traded in their iPhone 8 or older in perfectly working condition. While the trade-in program initially launched in the United States, it was since expanded to the likes of China, Europe, and other parts of the world.
A new rumor claims that Apple will be launching a red variant of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in China by the end of this month. Apple is hoping to boost iPhone sales in the region with the launch of this new color.
After reducing iPhone prices in China due to poor sales, Apple has reduced iPhone prices across the shore in Hong Kong as well. Apple reduced iPhone 8, iPhone X, and iPhone XR prices by as much as 20 percent in China ahead of the Lunar Chinese New Year to attract new customers.
Apple today announced that it will start selling modified versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany to circumvent the sales ban imposed on it for infringing Qualcomm patents.
A former Apple Genius Bar Expert has shed more light on the company’s new policy to aggressively push customers towards buying a new iPhone when they give in their existing iPhone for repair.
iPhones and Android devices are fundamentally very different from each other, though they are meant to accomplish the same thing. While both operating systems have matured a lot since their inception, there are still some areas where the iPhone is better than most Android devices and vice versa.
The slowdown in iPhone sales due to most consumers holding on to their iPhone longer is leading Apple to try out new methods to increase sales. After reducing prices of popular iPhone models in China and Japan and running a trade-in program, the company has asked its technicians to push customers owning an out-of-warranty iPhone to upgrade to a new one.