Every year, Apple follows a tradition of launching new iPhones and, at the same time, keeping some models from the previous generation selling at more affordable prices.
In 2017, we had atypical launches because not only were the iPhones 8/8 Plus, direct successors to the iPhones 7/7 Plus, but also the iPhone X that arrived at a new level of prices in the line. For this reason, today we sell no less than five (!) Different generations of iPhones.
For this year, my personal bet shot in the dark, without relying on rumors would be the following: we will have the launch of the successor of the iPhone X (don't ask me what it will be called) and a new ?iPhone X Plus?, and Apple would keep the first X on sale with the iPhones 8/8 Plus and 7/7 Plus. Therefore, iPhones SE and 6s / 6s Plus would be discontinued.
But the famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, from KGI Securites, different bet. First, he has cited for some time that Apple plans to launch not only an ?iPhone X Plus? (probably with a 6.46 inch screen), but also a new model with 6.1 inch LCD screen and Face ID . But he now says that Apple wouldn't even have plans to keep the iPhone X for sale after it launches these new ones.
Kuo had caused a bit of a stir when he hinted last week that Apple might even stop selling the iPhone X until the middle of this year due to alleged demand below Apple's forecast. He today corrected this absurdity he had said, simply stating that the current model should not be kept for sale at a lower price due to the new line that the company would be preparing to launch in 2018.
Still, Kuo told investors that the iPhone X was definitely a "strategic success" for Apple and that technologies like Face ID and the TrueDepth camera system would be at least two years ahead of the competition.
There is also uncertain speculation about whether or not to keep the iPhone SE in line this year, but I would only bet that it would stay if it really won a rumored upgrade after all, its internal components are from the iPhone 6s, from 2015.
via MacRumors, AppleInsider