Σύμφωνα με τον αναλυτή της KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo και όπως ανέφερε το 9To5Mac, η Apple σχεδιάζει να κυκλοφορήσει ένα νέο MacBook Air 13 ιντσών “σε χαμηλότερη price” κατά το δεύτερο τρίμηνο του τρέχοντος έτους.
The MacBook Air starts at $ 999 today. The last minor upgrade was in June 2017 (where Apple upgraded the processor to a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5). It should be noted that since March 2015 no other major upgrade has been made.
Last year the iPhone X broke a new record as it is the most expensive iPhone ever released. The device with the simplest specifications costs 999 dollars in the United States, while the larger-volume version reaches 1.150 dollars.
This pricing strategy made Apple products like this iPhone to be considered as status symbols, as only those who "have" them can have them.
However, carrier plans and monthly payments have made the iPhone extremely popular around the world, despite over-pricing. Each new device sells in fairly large numbers in most markets.
For Apple, this was the approach that made the company the world's most valuable trademark and close to becoming the first trillion-dollar company.
In his case iPhone X, it is estimated that the device costs only 357 dollars (hardware only, without transport and other associated costs), so Apple seems to win too many per device on the market.
But the problem for Apple is that the market has changed:
There are more and more cheap and reliable devices available, something that did not exist when the first iPhone 2007 was released.
So there are some who believe that iPhone X would sell better at a lower price and Apple would not need to reduce its production by 50%, a move that affected not only the company from Cupertino but also all its partners and its suppliers.
Apple is currently involved in a major transformation process that is supposed to help the company recover after the recent omissions and at the same time expand its product line in a way that would make it possible to maintain it in the changing hardware market.
2017 proved to be a fiasco for Apple. Last year, we saw most software bugs, vulnerabilities, and the company's controversial practice to downgrade the device to "Save" battery.
The company already offers cheaper battery replacements, essentially admitting that it made a mistake when it throttled the performance of older iPhones with degraded batteries. At the same time, he promised to increase the focus on software reliability, security and performance, so the next version of iOS will be expected to be more about those and less about the new characteristics.
Except repair the software, Apple is also planning a hardware change strategy.
Apple invested aggressively into more affordable devices and the first two product families that benefit from this change of mind are the iPhone and the MacBook.
The 2018 iPhone lineup will include, apart from the successor to the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus, a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that is supposed to be released in the market at a lower price. To make this iPhone as affordable as possible, Apple will leave aside a number of high-end features such as 3D Touch, screen OLED and wireless charging.
At the same time, as mentioned above, we will probably see a new cheaper MacBook Air.
In both cases, analysts expect the cheapest devices to represent a significant share of Apple's sales, and this will happen because that's what customers are looking for today.
Η μεγαλύτερη πρόκληση της Apple, ωστόσο είναι να φτιάξει πιο προσιτά προϊόντα χωρίς να κάνει υπερβολικά μεγάλους συμβιβασμούς. Ένας τέτοιος στόχος είναι αναμφισβήτητα μια πολύ δύσκολη αποστολή. Αν το iPhone με την LCD αποδειχθεί αποτυχία, η Apple θα πρέπει να δημιουργήσει ένα φτηνότερο smartphone χωρίς να αφαιρέσει πράγματα που αρέσουν στους users.
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