When the X launched last year, Apple paid handsomely for the new Face ID system. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
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Apple Inc. earnings this week will confirm what most investors have finally accepted: The iPhone X didn't live up to the hype.Other analysts point out that Apple is planning to release a lower-priced model with iPhone X attributes that could rekindle sales.Apple Tuesday is expected to report fiscal second-quarter iPhone unit sales grew just over 2 percent from a year earlier.Expectations were higher when Apple launched new phones late last year. However, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus looked similar to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models from about three years earlier. For Apple, the iPhone generates about two-thirds of sales, and the other third comes mostly from products and services best used with an iPhone.
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