Apple to release large iPhones in 2022. The renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared some of his forecasts regarding Apple’s plans for next year and among other changes, he predicts the renewal of large iPhone models with a considerable price reduction to suit the bulk of its customer base.
According to Kuo, Apple will once again bet heavily on large-screen iPhones and a model, specifically the 6.7-inch model, whose retail price would be less than $900. Compared to its current equivalent, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, whose price starts at $1,099 in its base configuration, we would be talking about at least $200 less, something that comes from Apple sounds at least unlikely.
Be that as it may, Kuo bases his predictions on a paradigm shift to which not even the Apple company has been able to remain oblivious: large mobiles are a hit with all audiences, and launching a cheaper one outside the professional line could be very good for the brand. Thus, the bet of a supposed 6.7-inch iPhone 14 is complemented by a second 6.1-inch model.
The latter would be the equivalent of the current iPhone 12 Pro, but like the larger model, without the accompanying “Pro”. Kuo’s forecasts, however, go further and these are shared by other analysts, who see the 5.7-inch iPhone Mini disappearing from the map, according to what they claim, due to its low sales. If this information is confirmed, the iPhone 12 Mini, and not the iPhone 13 Mini, would be the last to see the light of day.
What is the basis for the change of cycle? On an internal report that Apple commissioned at the end of last year, one of many to parade through the lawsuit confronts them with Epic Games. That report noted the flight of customers in favor of Samsung and other Android phone manufacturers to access larger, but more affordable handsets. And when Apple loses a customer, it doesn’t lose them just because of the hardware, but because of the rest of the services.
Kuo’s other predictions for iPhones arriving in 2022 include features such as under-screen fingerprint readers or a new iPhone SE with 5G… But as with everything in life, no matter how reputable Kuo is, he has been right on occasion and wrong on many others. We’ll have to see what they cook up in Cupertino. In the meantime, all eyes are on the next generation.