A new rumor is surfacing online about upcoming iPhone models. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities predicts that Apple’s decision to bring the iPhone X design to additional models will cause an increase in sales, while also offering more information on specifications.
The KGI analyst says the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will feature a single rear camera design, as opposed to the dual-camera design of the other two models. Furthermore, it will feature an aluminum frame instead of stainless steel and no 3D Touch. As for RAM, Kuo predicts 3GB for the LCD model and 4GB for both OLED models.
Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that Apple will ship 80 million to 90 million iPhones during the second half of 2018, up from 75 to 80 million during the second half of 2017.
KGI gave estimates for iPhone X sales in Q2 2018:
“According to the report, Apple will ship around 18 million iPhone X units in Q1 2018 and about 13 million in Q2 2018. KGI expects the iPhone X to ‘go to the end of life around mid-2018’ which would mean the device would sell around 62 million units total, significantly lower than its previous forecast of 80 million.”
Furthermore, the analyst says the previously reported 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will likely account for “around 50 percent” for those shipments thanks to its lower price point.
However, Kuo reports that the development schedule of the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is slightly behind the schedules of the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED models. Kuo also notes that Apple is likely to start “new iPhone model certifications earlier” than it did last year in an effort to avoid any shipping delays.
Kuo expects the 6.1-inch LCD model to cost between $700 and $800, which is slightly higher than his previous prediction of $650 to $750.
Other Apple Rumors
Apple has yet to unveil the iPhone 8, but the latest rumors of its 2018 smartphone have already hit the web.
In August rumors from the supply chain said the iPhone 9 will be available in two sizes, including one with a massive screen that would be Apple’s biggest yet.
The ‘Plus’ size will reportedly have a 6.46-inch screen and will be sold alongside a smaller 5.85-inch model in a bid to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note.
The leak came from a source within Samsung Display, the sole OLED supplier for the upcoming iPhones.
The source also said the smaller version was originally going to be a 5.28-inch model but that the firm upped it to 5.85 inches because of growing consumer demand for bigger-screen phones.
A recent Apple leak suggested the firm could cancel the iPhone X.
An analyst says the new model’s disappointing sales could lead to the phone being canceled – with production stopping as soon as this summer.
This could be the first time Apple has canceled a phone model since the iPhone 5C in 2014.
Experts believe the lack of interest in the phone is largely due to the notch, which many potential Chinese customers believe removes too much space on the screen.
Now, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities says Apple will release three new iPhone models including a slightly cheaper 6.1-inch phone without 3D touch.
It could also release an updated iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED screen and a larger 6.5-inch OLED model potentially called the iPhone X Plus.
The 6.1-inch phone will feature an aluminum frame similar to the iPhone 8 and the display will be an LCD panel instead of OLED, he predicted.
The 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus will have similar specifications as the current design but an OLED display and 4GB of RAM, he predicts.