Analysts posit that if sales in China continue to perform below expectations, Apple could prematurely end production of the iPhone X, according to a report by AppleInsider. As written in a "research note" obtained by the site, renowned KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that production of the iPhone X could end as early as this summer.

Despite pre-orders for the model selling out immediately, Kuo says that the decision to cancel further production of the phone is based on poor sales in China.

Kuo puts this down to the controversial "notch" which is seen as using too much screen space, with many Chinese consumers opting for the cheaper iPhone 8 Plus model.

This is the first time since the 5C in 2014 that Apple has discontinued a phone after one generation, however, iPhone X fans don't need to get too upset, as 2018 will see three iPhone X-inspired designs be released, and the technology carrying over into those future models.

Apple plans to release a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X,  a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus and an even cheaper 6.1-inch iPhone SE that will retail for approximately “$650-750” and include Face ID.

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