As the new 6.1-inch iPhone is expected come into trial production in July, small-volume production in August and volume production beginning September, Nichia's production capacity for 0.3t LED chips will be nearly booked up by Apple in the second half of 2018, the sources indicated.
"It's worth noting that Donovan and Mullane do not appear to cite any sources behind their prediction, so their guess is as good as anyones". We continue to hear that upgrade activity over the past.
"The fate of the iPhone SE has become increasingly uncertain as time goes on, as the current model has not been updated since it was first released in March 2016".
Investor's Business Daily shares the analyst's expectations for the upcoming iPhone release.
The report says that although Nichia has supplied the panels to other brands, Apple will have near-exclusive access to the supply for the rest of the year.
Unfortunately, the said smartphone will be unable to keep all the iPhone X's exceptional attributes.
Still, the BlueFin Research analysts believe that discontinuing the iPhone X and iPhone SE this year will allow the company to focus on its new iPhones. The iPhone SE will follow it. Additionally, some rumours also suggest that in addition to the budget iPhone X, Apple may launch the premium iPhone X and iPhone X Plus with top of the line hardware. Many of those reports have blamed the iPhone X's $999 starting price tag as a major barrier for customers who don't want to pay so much to get the latest and greatest handset.
Not only that, but it seems the iPhone X might be getting canceled too. Owners of the regular iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, meanwhile, had to endure the indignity of the old fashioned iPhone design, complete with bezel.
According to Barron's, Apple is planning to produce 91 million units of the 3 new iPhones in the last 2 quarters of 2018 and then another 92 million units in the first 2 quarters of 2019.
DigiTimes also claims that Apple has nearly single-handedly booked Nichia to manufacturer the chips for its new device for the rest of the year, with increased production to start in September when the handset is due to be announced.