Investor note suggests that Apple will discontinue iPhone X and iPhone SE

iPhone X, iPhone SE Tipped to Be Discontinued This Year, 6.1-Inch iPhone Case Renders Leaked

According to analysts John Donovan and Steve Mullane at BlueFin Research, Apple is planning to discontinue the iPhone SE later this year, MacRumors is reporting.

When these three new phones arrive, Apple is expected to retire the iPhone X and iPhone SE, a new report says. We've reached out to the research firm for clarification, and we'll update if we hear back.

The analysts didn't share any other insights into what the three iPhone models this year might offer.

Now it suggests that it is - as Apple has agreed terms with Japan-based Nichia to become the exclusive supplier of 0.3t LED chips for use in backlighting the new 6.1-inch LCD iPhones.

Unfortunately, the said smartphone will be unable to keep all the iPhone X's exceptional attributes. The most obvious solution would be to discount it, but that might get in the way of the budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone X which may start anywhere between $600 and $700.

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As per a report published in Forbes, Apple is all set to unveil a mid-range smartphone that will borrow design elements from the iPhone X. The report sources the news on images of a case that appears likely to house an upcoming budget iPhone X later this year.

For starters, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will feature a fullscreen display.

The iPhone SE, of course, is not Apple's most full-featured phone. It's not Apple's fastest phone. Or who knows, they might just drop the bombshell during the next iPhone launch. Battery life is excellent - it's still one of the longest-lived iPhones you can buy thanks to the lower screen resolution (relative to the larger models). The company also sells related software, services, accessories, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. Dumping the iPhone X seems like less of an issue, honestly, given that the X was always going to be an Anniversary Edition type of product.

DigiTimes also claims that Apple has nearly single-handedly booked Nichia to manufacturer the chips for its new device for the rest of the year, with increased production to start in September when the handset is due to be announced.

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