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According to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will sell a 6.7-inch iPhone for less than $900 in 2022. (via 9to5Mac). If this is true, iPhone 14 customers will have a less costly option to acquire a screen size that Apple now only sells on the 12 Pro Max, which starts at $1,099.
According to Kuo, Apple’s non-pro iPhone range in 2022 would feature phones with 6.1 and 6.7-inch displays (the same sizes as the current iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, respectively). The iPhone Mini, with its 5.4-inch screen, is missing. Analysts, including Kuo, have predicted that the Mini will be phased out in 2022 owing to low sales.
While some may bemoan the loss of a really tiny phone option, Apple’s decision to go large with its range of popular phones makes sense. We know from papers discovered during the Epic v. Apple lawsuit that Apple commissioned a research on consumer smartphone purchase trends late last year. According to the research, many customers were purchasing phones with screens larger than six inches, and more individuals were going to Samsung rather than Apple for their huge phone demands.
Both firms are operating in a declining market that is also dealing with growing prices. If Apple has decided to produce a lower-end large phone, it has done so after learning through studies that many people desire phones that are both larger and cheaper. While Apple has been working toward that objective (the iPhone 12, 11, and XR all have 6.1-inch displays), it has typically kept the truly big phones at the top end — next year may be its chance to woo consumers who want something bigger than 6.1-inches but don’t want to spend more than $1,000 to get it.
In addition to his forecast regarding the lower-end 6.7-inch iPhone, 9to5Mac adds that Kuo stated that the 2022 iPhones would have under-display fingerprint scanners and that a new iPhone SE with 5G will be released.