Apple is rumored to launch three new iPhones with a design similar to that of the iPhone X later this year. According to KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will announce two OLED iPhones and one LCD model this year. Kuo says all the three iPhone models will have an edge-to-edge display and Face ID technology with the notch seen on this year’s iPhone X.
However, a new data originating from Apple’s supply chain in China suggests the iPhone maker might be planning two LCD models for 2018. Digitimes reports that Apple is planning two LCD models as replacement to existing iPhone 8 models and one larger OLED iPhone. The report adds that Apple is planning two LCD models with a 5.7-inch or 5.8-inch display and another model with a 6-inch or 6.1-inch display.
It claims Apple will drop the 5.8-inch iPhone X and will launch two OLED models with 6-inch and 6.4-inch or 6.5-inch displays. Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin says Apple will eventually launch the two LCD phones and one OLED model with a 6.4-inch or 6.5-inch display. The OLED iPhone is the top attraction of this year’s iPhone lineup and it doesn’t make sense for the company to drop it this year.
The new details regarding 2018 iPhone lineup from Digitimes contradicts previous reporting by Kuo. He believes that Apple will launch a 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone and a 6.1-inch model with LCD display. The iPhone X is already off to a great start with research suggesting Apple shipped 29 million units during the holiday season.
The report also notes that Apple will bring wireless charging and ‘3D sensing functionalities’ to the entire 2018 iPhone lineup. It is possible that the 3D sensing functionalities mean the TrueDepth camera system. Digitimes does not have a proven track record of breaking Apple-related information and this new details should be taken with a grain of salt.
Kuo had recently claimed that Apple will add Face ID and edge-to-edge display design to 6.1-inch LCD model but will drop 3D Touch. He added that Apple will further cut cost by using metal casing as opposed to stainless steel one found on iPhone X. He expects the LCD model to retail at $700 to $800 price range while the iPhone X could be priced at $999. The larger OLED iPhone is rumored to be called iPhone X Plus and should be the most expensive iPhone yet.