Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

IPhone X blamed for Apple's slow growth in smartphone sales

IPhone X blamed for Apple's slow growth in smartphone sales

In a research note reported by Cult of Mac, Kuo stated that Apple's supply chain had informed him that the lower-priced 6.1-inch iPhone expected this fall would debut a Cover Glass Sensor (CGS) process, which means that the touch sensor would not be integrated with the actual display anymore.

3D Touch was first introduced in the iPhone 6S in 2015 after five years in development.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, believes that this may be the start of a general phase-out of 3D Touch across the iPhone range, and that by 2019 the technology will have disappeared completely. Kuo, who is easily the firm's most recognizable analyst by name, previously worked at Taiwanese news company Digitimes. This only gets worse for Apple during the third quarter, with average sale prices plummeting down to $691, indicating very few iPhone X units will be sold by comparison. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi said weakness in the current iPhone lineup was caused by a structural slowdown in the growth of new customers and the high pricing of the X model.

The analyst says that the 6.1-inch iPhone will feature Cover Glass Sensor technology.

The Cupertino company is said to drop the 3D Touch on the entry-level iPhone X2 to offset the increased cost thanks to the use of the technology as mentioned above. This would then lead to the feature being left out of all its iPhones.

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If growth shows signs of slowing that could be a reason to extend the bank's 30 billion euros ($36 billion) in bond purchases. "But we expect President Draghi to hint at the press conference that a gradual normalization is still to come".

According to a Forbes report, the upcoming iPhone SE2 will feature the exact same body as the 2012-era iPhone 5 and the 2016-made iPhone SE.

So what will Apple replace 3D Touch with?

In the leadup to the iPhone X reveal a year ago, analysts were visibly salivating at the prospect of an iPhone upgrade "supercycle", a tidal wave of profitability that would sweep Apple stocks to never-before-seen heights and truly enthrone Apple as the king of all smartphone makers. So if you using iPhone 6 or below models and want to play Augmented Reality games on Your iPhone, this will be a good time to upgrade.

We are months away from the launch of the new iPhones, and there's quite a lot we already know about them.

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