Apple usually drops prices for older iPhones right after new models arrive. However, a sketchy supply chain report would have you believe that iPhone X, the best and most expensive iPhone model ever made, might receive an unexpected price cut come as soon as early 2018.

This came as a tidbit tucked at the bottom of today’s DigiTimes report focusing on the allegedly lower than expected iPhone X sales in markets like Singapore, Taiwan and the US.

“Apple is also rumored to adjust its pricing for iPhone devices in early 2018 and has even started preparing a prototype iPhone with support of pre-5G features,” reads the relevant passage from the DigiTimes story.

Apple, of course, has not officially confirmed any of the rumors. DigiTimes published the report this past Friday, ahead of the holidays, so we’re not surprised that it flew under the radar.

It’s impossible to discern from DigiTimes’ reporting whether Apple is considering slashing prices for its older models only or extend the rumored price cut to the latest iPhone X models, too. It’s also unclear if this rumored price adjustment may have something to do with a second-generation iPhone SE, which is believed to arrive in the fist half of 2018.

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One thing is certain: lowering the iPhone X price after just a few months of sales would almost certainly draw ire of customers who already paid at least $999 for their unit.

Then again, Apple did just that with the original iPhone.

Back in 2007, it dropped the device to $400 from $600 only two months after it first went on sale. As an olive branch to its most loyal customers, Apple extended a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at its stores to the early iPhone buyers.

“Even though we are making the right decision to lower the price of iPhone, and even though the technology road is bumpy, we need to do a better job taking care of our early iPhone customers as we aggressively go after new ones with a lower price,” then CEO Steve Jobs wrote in a letter posted to Apple’s website. “Our early customers trusted us and we must live up to that trust with our actions in moments like these.”

The question is, how will buyers who paid at least $999 for their iPhone X feel should this sketchy rumor pan out? Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section down below.

  • askep3

    The most likely price drop is that of the 8s down to the original price (-$50) since they increased it this year for some reason.

  • ck125

    I could see them next year pricing the x (regular size) at $899, and price the larger model at $999 (to start)

  • Dakota

    Would be great if they did. For the people who paid $999+ for it and wish to whine about it, that’s the price we payed to have it first and be in the first flock; don’t complain, you are in no position to. I have the higher-priced option and would not be upset if they dropped the price because I knew what I was paying to have it first.

    • Syjic_666

      Yes agreed! But I do understand where both sides are coming from. I was tempted to upgrade but didn’t due to the price so hopefully it will drop soon.

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    Having payed the full £999 (uk), something like store credit would be nice if the price is dropped.

    • mrgerbik


      • Laszlo Gaspar

        Thanks, didn’t notice the mistake

  • Personally, I think that prices should come down for countries that have exorbitant import taxes…

    • techfreak23

      That is definitely some wishful thinking. Only way that would happen is if the cost of the device came down significantly. Apple obviously has no control over the import taxes…

  • Darth Geekonius

    Meh… Unless it’s something extreme like $200+ less, just give us the store credit again… I was there the first time it happened. At least this time, I’d have more options to spend my $100 credit on! LOL

    • systemBuilder

      $100 store credit = $50 of your hard-earned money back, i.e. they dropped the price $200 and gave you a $50 (their cost) bribe and YOU WERE HAPPY ?!?!?!

  • malhal

    They will drop the price because otherwise they will lose some serious market share with demand already fading this early in the release cycle.

  • M_Hawke

    Well, that’s the price to pay as an early adapter sometimes.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Isn’t digittimes not reliable?

  • AshtonNekolah

    next year is just around the corner and around this time again the iphone x will be in the back on the line, never be the first to pay for any technology there will always be a better one and the big name top item will drop in price before summer time.

  • Vinnie Bones

    hey, a jailbreak is coming out for IOS 11.. it’s worth keeping my device. New batches are already on 11.2+

  • systemBuilder

    Apple fancies itself a hardware company but it has NEVER EVER EVER been about the hardware. Tim Cook has fallen under the spell of Jonny Ives, who doesn’t really matter. The last 2 generations of iPhones and MacBooks have done the following : Improved the stuff that didn’t matter, and ruined the stuff that DID matter. What, a $300 price-premium so you can have 3D face-emoji? How is that NOT worthwhile ?!?!?! A day of reckoning for Apple is drawing very near ..