IPhone X blamed for Apple's slow growth in smartphone sales

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One of the features that could be killed off is the 3D Touch.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, believes that this may be the start of a general phase-out of 3D Touch across the iPhone range, and that by 2019 the technology will have disappeared completely. Apple's tablet line also uses the same long press system. Morgan Stanley analysts think demand for the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus to be "weaker ... ahead of September's expected new iPhone launch". However, what that sensor will be used for is yet to be known.

The appearance in 2018 the new combined iPhone glass Cover Glass Sensor will increase the cost of the touch screen by 15%, i.e. from $ 23 to $ 26. When you add all up, it becomes a significant amount of money. Though it's hard to imagine for anyone to be disappointed if this feature was to be removed, there are a bunch of 3D Touch loyalists out there, as Gizmodo notes, and they swear by its convenience.

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When the X launched previous year, Apple paid handsomely for the new Face ID system, stainless steel casing and sharper, more efficient OLED screen technology. Apple might be planning to unveiling it at its yearly WWDC conference which is going to take place from June 4 - 8. The reason? Kuo believes that Apple will be transitioning to a new type of display for its smartphones, and the new material set to be utilized would not be compatible with the feature. Apart from that, this phone will include features like the new generation Face ID and the A12 processor that the company will be using for their pricier OLED counterparts. Now, it seems that the prolific analyst is parting ways with KGI Securities where he was working for the past six and a half years.

Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz cut his sales and earnings estimates for Apple for the next two years. Since then, a series of analysts have slashed their estimates for iPhone shipments.