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2019 iPhones: Three new handsets, one with a triple-rear-camera setup

2019 iPhones: Three new handsets, one with a triple-rear-camera setup

The iPhone XR's new price translates to $843, still $94 more expensive than it is in the US. It's not clear from the reports what Apple's purported third lens would bring to the table - although it may relate to Apple's AR ambitions.

The plan to stick with LCD comes as Apple grapples with sluggish sales of the iPhone XR, which has cut into its most recent revenue projection. While the XR's successor is said to retain the LCD display of the 2018 model, the 2019 XR will reportedly get the dual-lens camera system that is now only found on the iPhone XS series.

There will also be replacements for the existing iPhone XS and, even though it hasn't sold as well as hoped, the LCD screen touting iPhone XR. One seller had a 256GB version of the iPhone XS Max, Apple's most premium device, for 9,699 yuan ($1,436), much lower than the United States firm's official selling price of 10,999 yuan ($1,628). It isn't clear whether Apple is planning to introduce any major features for the iPhone XR successor, or whether it will just be all about spec upgrades.

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"The trade war is background noise and more of a scapegoat excuse, with the real issues being iPhone XR demand and a mispriced product in a competitive Chinese market", Daniel Ives, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, told CNBC by email. China's Huawei has been growing rapidly, replacing Apple as the second-largest smartphone player by global market share past year.

Apple plans on handling things differently this year, and the new iPhone is proof. It is, however, planning to put OLED panels for the cheaper iPhone models next year, which will unify the displays across all its iPhones for 2020.

While key details remain under wraps, a report published last week by Digit.IN revealed that Apple's 2019 iPhone models (which are expected sometime this September) have not only passed essential milestones in their journey to development, but at least one of them will feature a triple-lens camera system much like the Huawei P20 Pro. In total, six retailers have instituted dramatic price cuts in order to spur iPhones sales according to the news organization.


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