Apple isn't known for ditching its phones particularly quickly. Since it only sells a handful of devices, it's able to sell and support them for years longer than other manufacturers would, which is why you can still get 2015's iPhone 6S. But some analysts reckon that Apple will be discontinuing the iPhone X and SE later this year, all to focus on the three handsets rumoured to arrive around September/October time.
That's according to BlueFin Research's latest investor note, which pins the blame on "pent-up demand" for newer iPhone handsets thanks to “lack of upgrade activity over the past few years.” They reckon Apple will manufacture 91 million handsets during the second half of this year, alongside another 92 million during the first half of 2019- much higher than normal.
On top of that they reckon the iPhone 11 Plus will be the handset for people who felt the iPhone X was too small, while the iPhone 9 (or whatever it ends up being called) will be designed for the people who want in on the iOS ecosystem without spending close to a grand. But the clincher is that while they reckon the iPhone 8 will be sticking around, they also reckon Apple will be killing off the iPhone X and SE.
While recent reports show the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are more popular than the X, sales haven't exactly been poor. It's a bit out of character to ditch a phone so quickly, especially when they claim the iPhone X means "the future is here". Ditching the SE makes more sense given the age of the hardware, and the constant rumours that a follow-up is coming, but the X? I don't buy it. I may not be a business analyst that reckons lots of things, but it doesn't feel right - especially since a one-year-anniversary price cut would help encourage sales from people who maybe can't afford however many pounds the 11 and 11 Plus will cost.
But maybe they're right, and maybe my suspicions are totally wrong. It's impossible to tell at this point, and we'll just have to wait and see what happens. It is about time Apple discontinued the 6S, though. It may have iOS 12 support, but it is getting the end of its life. [9to5Mac]