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iPhone X Mini 2019: Why Apple Axed the Smartphone’s Development

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It has been over a year since rumors broke out that Apple is planning on creating the iPhone X Mini, a smartphone touted to herald the company’s plan to enter the midrange market. The whispers began when reputable leaker Olixar said that the Cupertino-based giant is indeed making the device.

A few months later, Olixar released another rumor that the iPhone X Mini has been axed by Apple. In lieu of the smartphone came the rumors regarding the iPhone SE 2, the budget-friendly handset that’s speculated to entice the midrange market.

Rumors began sprouting that production will start in the first quarter of 2018. A year later, nothing ever came off that rumor with the tech media covering other stories as the iPhone X Mini and iPhone SE 2 narrative died down.

Until now, it’s unclear why Apple decided to abandon both smartphones. But rumors would have it that the company may have used up most of its resources creating other high-tier handsets like the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. So are there any plans to create the iPhone X Mini or the iPhone SE 2 in the future?

At the moment, nothing indicates that Apple wants to revisit those devices as the company focuses on its other flagships. This is quite an interesting move for the company since CEO Tim Cook previously said that they don’t want to be seen as a manufacturer that only caters the rich. By developing the iPhone X Mini or the iPhone SE 2, Apple could’ve dipped its hand on the market that they have yet to explore.

Of course, with the company also stretching itself to visit unchartered territories – like creating its own streaming service – it’s understandable that the iPhone X Mini has been benched. For now, it seems that Apple is contented in shelling out luxury smartphones that are bringing in large revenue for the company.

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