APPLE’S new iPhone for 2019 could be cheaper than last year’s model, top experts claim.
We’re expecting a trio of brand new Apple mobiles in September – and analysts have told The Sun that one model is likely to get a price cut.
Last year, Apple rocked the smartphone world with its pricey line-up of iPhones.
Wallets were plundered by the £749 iPhone XR, £999 iPhone XS and £1,099 iPhone XS Max.
Experts predict that we’ll see largely similar pricing for 2019, but the iPhone XR’s sequel will get a price reduction.
“We see iPhone 11 as similar pricing to its predecessor with £999 for the high-end base model, [and] £1,099 for the iPhone 11 larger Max screen,” analyst Dan Ives, of Wedbush Securities, told The Sun.
“And the only difference we predict will be £699 for the base value of the 11R.”
He added that the price cut was solely to improve sales “in the China market”.
“Last year Apple whiffed on the pricing schematics for this lower-priced model,” Dan added.
We also spoke to industry expert Paolo Pescatore, who warned against any significant price rises or major reductions.
“Apple has been broadly consistent, so expect pricing to be broadly in line with previous new devices,” he told The Sun.
But the PP Foresight analyst added that it was “always hard to speculate on pricing”.
iPhone tricks to try today
Here are some of the best…
- Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
- Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
- Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
- Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
- Check if you’re due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you’re down to 80% capacity. If you’re below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
- Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier
So when can you get the new phone?
Apple is a creature of habit, sticking to an obvious pattern for iPhone releases each year.
The big launch event always takes place in September, and generally falls early on in the month – on a Tuesday or Wednesday, typically.
This year, the likeliest dates for an Apple event are Tuesday, September 10 or Wednesday, September 11.
Of course, Apple is very unlikely to host an event on September 11, given that the day is a memorial for the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City in 2001.
So our money is on the former, so mark it in your calendars.
But the iPhone won’t actually arrive in stores on launch day. You’ll have to wait about a week and a half to actually buy one.
Pre-orders will likely become available on Friday, September 13.
And our best guess is that the phone will turn up in your local Apple Store on Friday, September 25.
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