Before the introduction of the iPhone XS, Apple had a simple approach to the iPhone line. You could buy a new model, or choose one of the older iPhone, including the flagship of last year. But last year, everything changed. iPhone X disappeared from sale, and users are invited to choose one of three options: this year’s flagship (iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max), this year’s mid-range model (iPhone XR), or previous-generation models with the Home button (iPhone 7 or iPhone 8) . And now that the announcement of the new generation of iPhone is just around the corner, Dan Moren from MacWorld is wondering what will happen to the iPhone line this year.
"How about this year? Will the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max join the iPhone X and be pushed to the dust by some new flagship iPhone? Or Apple will return to the old scheme and make the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max more affordable alternatives to the new top models “Personally, I put on the first option, but the big problem here is whether the iPhone XR will grow along with the successors of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, remaining in the status of a new generation smartphone for everyone,” the journalist muses.
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He notes that 2019 is likely to be a compromise year for Apple. She will not be able to raise prices for the “budget” iPhone from $ 449 to $ 649, but the journalist doubts that the company will lower the price of the iPhone XS to $ 549, especially given the recent introduction of 15 percent import duties from China. Perhaps this year she will leave the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 on sale as affordable models, and next year she will finally remove the models with the physical Home button from the assortment.