Looks like Apple has cut theprice in Japan by offering subsidies to carriers.
It noted that 24 monthly payments on the 64GB iPhone XR contract would previously have come to 36,000 yen (about $320, £250 or AU$440), but as of Monday it comes to a total of 25,920 yen (about $230, £180 or AU$315).
An unlocked XR costs 84,800 yen (around $750) on the Japanese Apple Store, but carriers often bundle phones with data plans so customers can get them at a discount.
On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple intended to offer Japan's major carriers subsidies that'd allow them to cut the XR's price, citing unnamed sources "with direct knowledge of the plan."
The subsidized XR is a result of Japanese customers opting for last year'sand instead of 2018's , and XR, according to 9to5Mac. However, it mentioned that we shouldn't expect to see the discount replicated worldwide -- Apple is careful to apply subsidies selectively.
The Journal's report also said Apple started producing 2017'sagain, in part to fulfill its contract with -- Apple must buy a certain number of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens. The older model is cheaper to produce than the XS and XS Max, so the company resumed production to fill the gap, the Journal said, citing people involved in the supply chain.
Neither Apple, NTT Docomo nor Samsung immediately responded to requests for comment.
Word of the possible cuts came a day after a report that Foxconn, the main iPhone manufacturer,and reduced overtime hours after Apple slashed production orders for its 2018 iPhones.
Before that, the Cupertino, California, company said theimmediately after their September release and decided it'd of its major devices.
In July, Japan's competition watchdog said Apple's policy of obliging carriers to offer subsidies for iPhones. The company avoided punishment because it agreed to alter this practice.
First published Nov. 22 at 6:43 a.m. PT.
Updated Nov. 26 at 3:37 a.m. PT: Added details about NTT Docomo.
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