Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Apple could be making a more affordable iPhone X for 2018

As the Apple iPhone X's display is manufactured by Samsung, this might be a serious hardware problem which can not be fixed permanently via software updates. The iPhone X now retails for $999. The smaller 5.8-inch model, he says, will display images at 458 pixels per inch with a resolution of 1,125 x 2,436.

"We predict Apple (US) will launch three new iPhone models in 2H18: 6.5-inch and 5.8- inch OLED models and a 6.1-inch TFT-LCD model, all equipped with a full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera (front 3D sensing), as with iPhone X", Kuo wrote in Monday's note.

In a tweet, Apple said people could "fix it by installing the latest software update".

Considering that's the main way of interacting with the iPhone X, this can get very frustrating.

Some users also posted their issues on Twitter, here's some of them.

That's largely because of the increased inventory availability after production issues are sorted out this year, but also because the new mid-sized model will offer newer features at a cheaper price. The problem persists when users tries any kind of audio playback at high volume, be it for phone calls, music, videos, alarms and ringtone. Exactly how a software update will tackle this issue remains to be seen as a problem with the screen freezing suggests it may be a hardware fault instead.

If you're new to the party, Ming-Chi Kuo has made a name for himself for having an astonishingly accurate track record for these kinds of predictions, thanks to his network of sources embedded along Apple's supply line.

Apple appears to be replacing handsets that are returned to its stores and are found to have problems, but that's probably not a whole lot of comfort to anyone that just handed over £999 or more for a new phone.

Our advice to prospective iPhone X buyers is simple: Get the screen guard along with the shell cover during purchase of the device.

And then, there's Face ID.

Meanwhile other news reports claim that you can beat Apple's Face ID system by wearing an elaborate mask.

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