“The significant weakening of exchange rate is going to make the next generation of iPhone X significantly more expensive than its predecessor,” Joffe told Business Insider South Africa.
“[Cellular] networks also have a tendency to flush out excess inventory ahead of a model change resulting usually in some great deals.”
At least one of the three versions will have an LCD screen, used in older versions of the iPhone, and not the expensive OLED screens used in the current iPhone X.
This is expected to make one of the versions of the iPhone dramatically cheaper – but Joffe said it is unlikely that the price will trickle down to South African consumers.
“We are not expecting it to be cheaper; the exchange rate has probably eliminated that option.”
He expects the next version of the iPhone to be released in South Africa between October and November, in line with previous release cycles of Apple in the country.
“Our market is insignificant in terms of Apple iPhone sales numbers globally so we are simply not a priority for Apple,” Joffe says.
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