The tech giant is readying three iPhones for this year, including a 6.1-inch iPhone and a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus to complement the follow-up to the 5.8-inch iPhone X, TrendForce analysts said on Tuesday.
Apple iPhone 2018 series prototypes: Apple iPhone X, iPhone 9 and iPhone X Plus are seen in this photo. Moreover, Apple will need to improve its cost structure to cope with the threats brought by Android brands.
A lot of the predictions made in this report line up with what we've heard in the past, particularly the part about Apple offering one LCD phone alongside two AMOLED devices. TrendForce says the 5.8-inch model will have a price between $899 and $949. So, naturally, Apple may now be on track to steal some of Samsung's thunder with Apple Pencil support for future iPhone models.
The basics of 2018's models are pretty much set in place: there will be two expensive models with OLED displays at 5.8 inches (roughly the same size as the iPhone X) and 6.5 inches and one cheap model with a 6.1-inch LCD.
According to the latest sources, the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus will include support for Apple Pencil.
The 6.1-inch 2018 iPhone with an LCD display is expected to feature 64GB and 256GB os storage options coupled with 3GB of RAM. Ironically, Apple's most affordable new iPhone model in years could come just one month after Samsung launched its most expensive flagship phone ever, the Galaxy Note 9, which carries a price tag of either $1,000 or $1,250 depending on how much internal storage you want.
At present, the Apple Pencil is available only for the iPad Pro. Let's take a look at the other aspects that are revealed by the report. The more feature-filled OLED models will supposedly start at $999 with better displays and hardware.
Memory in premium versions will be 4GB. The OnePlus 6, for example, packs a 6.3-inch display, Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM for only $529. With the anticipated launch of this model, iPhone X will start its "end of life" process earlier due to the high similarity in the specs of these two models.
Apple will target the 6.5-inch AMOLED version at the premium business segment, with an extra-large screen and Dual-SIM service in certain regions.