And even though Apple is already struggling to sell the lower-priced LCD-display equipped iPhone XR, this year will once again see a budget model kitted out with an LCD display being released. There is some guesswork on what the third camera's function could be.
We still have a long way to go before the next-gen iPhones arrive, but it makes sense that Apple will focus on the cameras in the iPhone 11 generation.
The report comes barely a week after Apple issued its first sales guidance miss in 15 years and just one day after Samsung announced plans to unveil its next slate of smartphones next month. The latter will effectively replace the iPhone XR. The company plans to add a triple-camera setup to the high-end iPhone XS Max successor, with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR successors featuring a dual-camera setup.
That led Apple to aggressively market the iPhone XR on its United States website for $449 (€391), about $300 less than its official sticker price.
Jia believes Apple itself could have lowered prices of the phones it ships to distributors, or that distributors may have slashed rates in order to move more units.
Brick-and-mortar retailer GOME Retail Holdings (0493.HK) has discounted a range of iPhone models, while several authorized Apple resellers on Tmall, a marketplace run by e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA.N), are set to offer discounts on Sunday.
"Apple has always been a laggard in cellular technology", said Mark Hung, an analyst at Gartner, told Bloomberg. "But if they wait beyond 2020, then I think they'll be impacted". In a research note seen by 9to5Mac, Kuo says he expects Apple to shift away from Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) antenna technology in favour of a new combination of Modified PI tech, primarily to improve yield rates and simplify the production process. Apple's branding has been a mess as of late, so it's all very fuzzy.