2018 iPhone may cost half the price of an iPhone X

The 6.1-inch iPhone could have a starting price of $550, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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A more affordable iPhone may be heading our way: Apple is rumored to release a 6.1-inch iPhone in the fall priced as low as $550.

That tidbit comes from KGI analyst and frequent Apple commentator Ming-Chi Kuo by way of MacRumors.

In a KGI investor's note, Kuo claims that the 6.1-inch iPhone could come in two variants: one with dual SIM card compatibility and one that only supports a single SIM. The single SIM variant is said to cost anywhere between $550 and $650 (that range converts to about £390-£460 or AU$710-AU$840), while the dual-SIM variant is said to cost $650 to $750 (about £460-£530 or AU$840-AU$970), according to the note.

Apple's current flagship phone, the iPhone X, costs a whopping $999 (£999 in the UK and AU$1,579 in Australia), but the price jumps up if you opt for extra storage: $1,149, £1,149 or AU$1,829.

A cheaper iPhone would give Apple the tools to globally compete against a swell of midpriced and budget Android phones.

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Kuo predicts that the 6.1-inch iPhone might release as the cheapest option alongside two premium models: a 5.8-inch iPhone X successor with an OLED screen, and a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus. 

Analysts from UBS predicted that the 2018 OLED iPhone could cost around $1,100. Unfortunately, this seems totally plausible since the 256GB iPhone X already hovers at this price.

This rumor of a 6.1-inch iPhone joins another that Apple could give its budget iPhone SE a refresh by the end of 2018. Recently, Apple registered a handful of brand-new iPhone model numbers with a Eurasian regulatory organization. Since this indicates that new iPhones could be released in the near future, we're hoping that the iPhone SE 2 is around the corner.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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