Apple is believed to be working on three new iPhones for 2018. We can expect an iPhone X sequel as well as a larger iPhone X Plus (6.45-inch; it may not be called that), and a lower-cost iPhone model (6.1-inch) with an LCD screen instead of an OLED panel. All three devices, however, are expected to sport iPhone X-like design. Fortunate if true, a new report now comes in, which suggests that the alleged iPhone X sequel may cost lesser than the existing model.
According to a report by a senior analyst at Digitimes Research, Apple’s vendor has managed to reduce the 5.85-inch iPhone X’s initial manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) to a level much lower than that of its present flagship model.
“…the new device’s MBOM will be more than 10 percent lower than that for iPhone X. He added that the MBOM of the iPhone X was more than US$400 in 2017.” He further adds, “For the new lineup, Lin believes the 5.85-inch OLED iPhone may be the cheapest of the three new devices, as some of the smartphone’s recent engineering samples have adopted components with lower-level specifications or lower capacities than those of the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with LPDDR memory being one of the major differences.”
The analysts believes that owing to the cost reduction, Apple may position the 5.85-inch model as the cheapest of all three next-generation iPhone models.
Further, also recently reported about the upcoming iPhone X variants is the existence of a new blush gold color option. Just yesterday, amateur graphic design Benjamin Geskin suggested a new Blush Gold color for the 2018 iPhone X. Geskin doesn’t exactly have the best track record in terms of predictions and rumors, but he’s quite incessant with them.
Last year, ahead of the iPhone X launch, he predicted Apple launching a blush gold color anniversary edition phone. He said the hue would fall between the Rose Gold and the Gold color variant. Of course, iPhone X was launched in Silver and Space Gray, with no mention of Blush Gold whatsoever.
However now, once again Geskin has tweeted and claims that a 2018 iPhone X model is “in production” in the new Blush Gold color. He has even shared an image of a Blush Gold SIM card tray to support his claim, and posted a render of the iPhone X successor in the rumored Blush Gold color.