There has been a lot rumour mongering and predictions from Ming-Chi Kuo some time ago and he has been one of the accurate leakers when we talk of Apple’s product portfolio. A company with so tight-lipped like Apple, has sometimes makes Kuo’s predictions gone the wrong way. A reason why his word might need to be considered twice.
Yesterday, Kuo of KGI Securities added a note to stakeholders suggesting that Apple is going to finally release dual SIM variants of two of the three purported models before close of this year.
Dual SIM support for a 6.1-inch LCD variant of the 2018 iPhone could cost anywhere between $650 and $750 or $550 to $650 for a single SIM version. The 6.5-inch top-end OLED model could also receive dual SIM support while the smallest 5.8-inch OLED isn’t expected to get a dual SIM option.
Of course, Dual SIM smartphones are not really popular in the United States, but very popular in African, Latin America, Europe, and Asian markets. So this should make a new dual SIM option from Apple a bit cheaper. This is an opportunity for Apple to tap into a new customer base, should it release a dual SIM device.
If Apple manages to market and sell an iPhone for a price lower than $650, it might have a good year. Increasing smartphone costs and solid performance has convinced people to hold onto their smartphones for longer times.
There is surely demand for a dual SIM iPhone, but Apple keeps neglecting this market.
What do you think of a dual SIM iPhone? Also, what do you think of this supposed $550 price of the cheapest iPhone? Apple’s sales of the iPhone X didn’t meet expectations, so Apple is in no position to raise iPhone prices even more if it wants to break its own records.