Apple Rumored To Be Working on Three New iPhones for Next Year
The iPhone X has been out for less than two weeks, but we are already hearing rumors of Apple’s 2018 plans. Noted industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has predicted that Apple will release three new smartphones next year.
“We predict Apple (US) will launch three new iPhone models in 2H18: 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED models and a 6.1-inch TFT-LCD model, all equipped with a full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera (front 3D sensing), as with iPhone X,” Kuo’s note read.
Two of the phones will be tailored towards the premium market including a larger version of the iPhone X which will offer a 6.5-inch display. There is no word regarding the price of these high-end phones, but we imagine they will be in the same price range as the current iPhone X.
The lower-end phone is expected to cost between $649 and $749 which could help Apple compete with with some of its less expensive competition. The lower-end model will likely make use of Face ID though we expect it will have a lower resolution and possibly weaker specs than the more expensive models.
It isn’t too surprising that the company is releasing new phones next year, but the price cut is rather interesting. Apple has always made premium products, but it is likely that even some Apple fans were turned off by the thought of spending $1,000 on a smartphone. The more affordable option could be a great way for Apple to appeal to customers who want a flagship phone without breaking the bank.
In addition to the new smartphones, Kuo predicted that the company would see strong sales next year and would produce roughly 120 million new iPhones. This so-called “super cycle” will be driven by a demand for replacement iPhones. Many analysts predicted a super cycle in 2017, but the iPhone X was plagued by shortage issues which hampered sales.
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