As for what to expect in Tuesday's second-quarter results, the Wall Street consensus is for earnings of US$2.69 on revenue of US$61.1bn.
The potential share buybacks and dividends follows the passage of the United States tax bill late past year, which makes it cheaper for Apple to bring back the more than $250 billion it holds overseas. One of these upcoming variants will be the 6.1-inch iPhone model that will use the same features of the iPhone 8 and the current iPhone X flagship.
Apple is rumored to be working on its largest iPhone ever and two other phones. The company is also planning to sell the iPhone X for a lot less money, this year around.
So what will Apple replace 3D Touch with?
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Apple is expected to keep this iPhone 2018 variant's price hedged lower, and to counter the CGS display's expensive cost, the Cupertino-based tech firm will have to remove the 3D Touch feature.
Some analysts blame the $999 iPhone X. Analysts are cutting their sales forecasts, sometimes drastically.
"This would imply Apple repurchases $210 billion in shares and pays $52 billion in dividends over the next three years", the bank said in a recent note to clients, adding that this would still leave about $30billion available for acquisitions. When the iPhone series relinquishes its 3D Touch functionality, it would ultimately just be a matter of Apple standardizing the features on its devices across the board.
The iPhone X's parts cost $175 more than the iPhone 8's, according to a November analysis.
The LCD model will also probably boast a stronger display glass that will be lighter but more durable, according to a new report released by KGI Securities. This is the not the first time an issue like this has affected Apple iPhones. "Big changes are needed in order for Apple to reach an optimal capital strategy in a reasonable amount of time".