Report: Apple Will Only Launch One OLED iPhone This Year – iPhone X Plus
KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned Apple boffin has been reporting the 2018 iPhone lineup as two OLED models (5.8-inch and 6.5-inch) and one LCD model (6.1-inch) for a little while now. Today, a Digitimes analyst says that Apple has been testing various screen panels, and may only launch a single new OLED iPhone this year, with a 6.5-inch screen.
The report also says, in the entry-level sector, Apple is preparing a new inexpensive smartphone similar to the iPhone SE for 2018, featuring the wireless charging functionality, but not 3D sensing.
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.
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.
During a trip to China last month Apple CEO Tim Cook said he ‘couldn’t be happier’ with the demand for the iPhone X in the country.
Apple plans to ship around 18 million of the iPhone X in the first quarter of 2018, according to Apple KGI security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.