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The iPhone 11, which offers a dual lens, starts at $ 699. Get $ 50 for extra storage and have a phone that has twice as many cameras and twice the memory for the same price as the iPhone XR.
The iPhone 11 comes at a time when manufacturers – including Apple – have raised the bar on how much they can charge for a premium smartphone. In a sense, this is a reaction to the soft market acceptance for phones that cost more than $ 1,000. With smartphone sales in the industry declining and Apple itself feeling the pain, the company had to become more aggressive.
"With sales slowing for iPhone and 5G by at least one year, Apple should give consumers a reason to upgrade today," said Avi Gringart, an analyst at Techsponential.
Lowering the price of the iPhone 11, Apple can double the winner. The iPhone XR was the best-selling phone in the first half of the year, according to IHS research firm.
So while the iPhone 11 Pro and its older Pro Max sisters may get a lot of tech enthusiasts, everyone else will probably gravitate to the iPhone 11.
When Apple introduced the iPhone XR a year ago, the company introduced it as a value game that comes with the baggage of a budget phone. (Remember the?)
Still, the iPhone 11, which likes XR sports specs lower than the iPhone 11 Pro, debuted Tuesday as the successor to the iPhone XS. Apple's message: It's an iPhone for everyone, while the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are for professionals and hardcore fans.
"These are the most powerful and stunning iPhones we have ever built," Apple CEO Tim Cook said of all devices. (To be fair, he says such things often apply to Apple products.)
But the time spent on the iPhone 11 is an admission that not everyone has to spend $ 1,000 plus for a new smartphone.
"Trends in smartphone upgrades have slowed down as consumers have fun buying premium devices that start at over $ 1,000," says Linet Luna, a analyst at Global Data. "There is a lack of differentiation and cost-conscious innovation in the minds of these expensive models."
Between the iPhone XR and the iPhone 8, which remains on the market, there are more affordable options for Apple fans who have no cargo disposable income.
This is important as Apple tries to persuade owners of older iPhones – who may not be accustomed to the shocker of their higher-end offerings – to upgrade to a new device.
Affordable Services Also
There is another reason Apple is so eager to get more people to buy their phones: services. The company wants to build its customer base and direct them to deals like Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade, which the company said will cost $ 4.99 a month on Tuesday.
As with the iPhone 11, these prices undercut the competition – especially since they can be shared across the entire family of multiple devices. Analysts expected prices in the range of $ 8 to $ 10.
"Clearly Cupertino is looking for a market share coming out of the gates with these surprising price points, to which we applaud," says Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives.
"Apple needs phones at all levels of the market to get its services playing," says Maribel Lopez, an analyst at Lopez Research.
It is no accident that Apple will give away a year of its Apple TV Plus service if you buy one of its devices.
Switching to more subscriptions changes Apple's priorities. Instead of managing revenue through expensive premium devices, he hopes to generate a smaller but consistent stream of revenue through his services, which is described as the fastest growing part of the company.
The result: more options for a lower price for you when it comes to devices.
But with the hard terrain coming for services like Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade, you can get Apple paid one way or another. CNET's Shara Tibken contributed to this report.
Originally posted at 5:00 PM PT.
Updated 8:00 AM PT: Adds an analyst comment.
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