Apple could slash prices of next year’s 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhones with legacy LCD technology

By , Nov 23, 2016

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is on a roll this morning with a litany of reports pertaining to Apple’s next-generation 2017 iPhone refresh. According to another note issued to clients this morning, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, Kuo says he expects the Cupertino firm to slash prices of both 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone models next year.

That’s because those iPhones are expected to continue using legacy LCD technology. By lowering prices for those models, Apple might potentially regain some of the market share lost to more affordable Android handsets.

The analyst believes that Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone model next year may become a new mid-range or even low-end model for the company. Assuming Apple slashes the price of LCD iPhones in 2017, Kuo projected the 4.7-inch device to account for between 30 and 35 percent of new-model iPhone shipments in fiscal year 2017.

Apple may also lower prices for the 5.5-inch iPhone SKUs next year, Kuo said. However, that device could find itself in something of an “awkward position” between the 4.7-inch model on the low end of the pricing spectrum and OLED iPhones on the high end.

The analysts expects 2017’s 4.7 and 5.5-inch LCD iPhones to be sold as ‘iPhone 7s’ and ‘iPhone 7s Plus’, while the flagship OLED iPhone may earn an ‘iPhone 8’ moniker.

AppleInsider adds:

Supply chain sources indicated to Kuo that Foxconn will be the primary manufacturer of the new OLED iPhone, while Pegatron is believed to become the exclusive supplier of the 4.7-inch LCD model. A large chunk of manufacturing of the 5.5-inch “iPhone 7s” is expected to fall to Wistron, but Kuo believes that model will only account for between 10 and 15 percent of new iPhone shipments next year.

Kuo also issued a pair of additional reports to clients this morning.

In one of them, he predicts fast wireless charging capability and an all-glass casing for all 2017 iPhones. The other report alleges that the iPhone 8 will enter mass production late in the third quarter of 2017.

In addition to the 4.7 and 5.5-inch models, Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup is expected to feature a new flagship model with a curved edge-to-edge screen based on power-sipping OLED or AMOLED technology. The device may use an in-screen Touch ID sensor, as well as front-facing FaceTime camera and the earpiece embedded into the screen itself, potentially enabling a completely seamless full-screen iPhone design.

Source: AppleInsider

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  • Amatmulisha

    4.7 inch will be the low end iphone??u think everybody love phablet size of iphone??this is nonsense.high end phone getting bigger and bigger.nahhh

    • bigkev943

      Thank Android for dictating that market that if it isn’t large it is mid to low end.

      • mahe

        But Android is always low end

  • Jesus Gonzalez-Brey

    Apples 10th anniversary phone should not be about a refresh, it needs to be totally revolutionary no more trickle down- tech refreshes and marketing campaigns enough with the refresh and stop touting about the os that doesn’t belong to Apple its under license from Cisco so it’s truly IOS Cisco, I currently own a 7 plus and have been a fan for some time now, IMO it’s time for Apple devices to carry one common OS. Good Day Sheeps.

    • Eduardo Lemus

      Iphone 7 is the 10th iphone

  • 5723alex .

    Apple doesn’t need OLED. Apple can use 4K Super LCD 3 like the one in the new HTC 10 Evo.

  • Joostiphone

    Apple works with shareholders. Do you really think Apple significantly drops prices? I don’t think so.

    • smtp25

      The ‘price’ should probably be cost, as in cost to apple, to restore their shrinking gross margins due to increased component costs

      • Joostiphone

        No, I meant you would expect that Apple drop sales prices if they even could establish a cost reduction. But Im sure a company with shareholders will not say “sure, drop those sales!” But instead they will say “yeeehaa, a better gross margin”.

  • smtp25

    If they have to have all glass case to support wireless charging, does that mean wireless charging wont work if you put a shock proof case on it?

    • Shinonuke

      No