Now that the iPhone X has been released and is garnering tons of positive reviews, it is already time for Apple fanatics to begin predicting and speculating about forthcoming Apple products going into 2018.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose iPhone predictions have been quite reliable for the last several years, says he expects to see two new full-screen iPhones next year: one will have a 6.5-inch OLED display, which will be a Plus version of the iPhone X; and the other will have a 6.1-inch LCD display, likely making it more like a full-screen version of the current Plus-sized iPhone.
In his research note, which was reported byMacRumors, Kuo wrote that Apple is hoping to “satisfy various needs of the high-end market” by expanding its full-screen product line. Kuo predicts that the 6.1-inch phone will be priced somewhere between $649 to $749 and be set apart by having a less dense screen resolution, offering a (slightly) worse picture. Kuo went on to say the 6.1-inch model will have a lower-resolution LCD display and target the low-end and mid-range markets with an estimated $649 to $749 starting price in the United States.
Here’s what he wrote in his note:
“Two new OLED models target high-end market; new TFT-LCD model aims at low-end & midrange markets: We believe the major hardware difference in the two new OLED models is size, in a bid to satisfy various needs of the high-end market. The new TFT-LCD model will differ significantly from the OLED models in hardware and design specs (for instance, the PPI will be lower). The primary selling points of the TFT-LCD model may be the innovative user experience of an integrated full-screen design and 3D sensing with a lower price tag (we expect it will likely be US $649-749). We believe the major hardware difference in the two new OLED models is size, in a bid to satisfy various needs of the high-end market.”
All three phones are expected to feature a full-screen design as well as a 3-D sensor, Kuo said, suggesting that Face ID will replace the home button entirely in 2018.
Apple was not immediately available to comment.