Apple's iPhone XR pricing strategy shows the company is pushing users onto a more secure authentication, signaling that Apple Pay enhancements are coming, Goldman Sachs says.
So why bother discontinuing the iPhone X, its most significant phone upgrade in years?
Ultimately, your iPhone will cost the same as if you bought it elsewhere - the iPhone Xs costs $999, while the Xs Max starts at $1,099 - but the price of admission is now higher than ever. There's no longer anything showing the iPhone X. The base level iPhone is now the iPhone 7 with a 4.7-inch display, A10 Fusion chip, water proofing and stereo speaker setup.More news: Apple's cheaper iPhone XR rocks bright colours
While there wasn't much reason to buy them anymore in terms of specs, both phones had a major selling point: They were two of the only three models of iPhone being made that still sported a headphone jack.
Overall, Beavis feels that "the "cheap" iPhone certainly doesn't feel that way", and he came away from its design and build quality impressed.
Apple has already revealed what kind of price increase we're in for once the calendar hops over to 2019.More news: NASCAR Cup Series' Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway postponed by rain
Those reasons? The fact that Apple has likely put less RAM in to the iPhone XR compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max, and the screen resolution is likely going to be less, too.
Still, this year's iPhone XS renders the iPhone X redundant - it has a almost identical design, with improved specs, at the same starting price point of $US999.
For any iPhone X owners anxious about whether the discontinuation will dent the resale value of their phone, the Forrester analyst Thomas Husson has some reassuring words.More news: Missy Elliott Surprises Her "Funky White Sister" on Ellen