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Apple working on bigger (and cheaper) 6.1
File photo: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone X during a launch event in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)
Apple is working on three new iPhones this year, including a big-screen model that will be cheaper than the iPhone X, according to a new note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The tech giant is said to have plans to develop an iPhone that comes with a 6.1-inch TFT LCD display. That device will reportedly be the cheapest of the new Apple smartphones this year and will come with a design reminiscent of the iPhone X, featuring an edge-to-edge display and "notch" at the top of the screen.
However, according to Kuo, whose note was earlier reported on by AppleInsider, Apple will be hobbled to some degree by its use of LCD in the handset. For instance, the LCD panel will only allow for bezels as small as 0.5mm all around, which could be a bit thicker than those in the OLED-based models.
Aside from that, Apple is positioning the LCD model to be the cheapest of the options and will likely offer a single-cell rectangular battery in the handset. Apple transitioned to an L-shaped battery in the iPhone X to improve capacity and allow for more design opportunities and will keep that in the OLED options, according to the report.
New iPhone 2018 release date, UK price & specs rumours
Hype is building ahead of Apple’s mass iPhone update in the autumn of 2018, which could see three or even four new phones launch at the same time. In this article we look at all the rumours regarding the successor to the iPhone X, as well as the larger iPhone X Plus: their release date, prices, design changes, tech specs and new features. We will also look at at the successors to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which could be known as the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus.
We also think Apple is likely to launch a successor to the iPhone SE in the spring of 2018, and we have a separate article addressing those rumours here: iPhone SE 2 news. And for advice related to the current lineup, you may prefer to read our iPhone buying guide and our roundup of the best iPhone deals.
There are enough potential names for the new 2018 iPhone that we could probably write a whole article just about that! Tell us what you think in the poll below.
We expect the successor(s) to the iPhones 8 and X to be unveiled in September 2018. This would be exactly a year after the iPhone 8 launched, and is in line with Apple’s usual habit of launching a new flagship iPhone in September.
However, in 2017 the company didn’t launch all of its new iPhones at the same time. The launch of the iPhone X came one month after the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Whether this was due to delays or intentional isn’t completely clear. Apple may have seen some benefit from pent-up demand for the iPhone X, and it may have sold more iPhone 8 handsets than it would have if the iPhone X had been available sooner. More likely Apple struggled with component availability and manufacturing issues.
New iPhone XS with huge 6.5-inch screen teased by world’s top Apple expert
THE world's leading Apple expert has revealed his predictions for the new iPhone XS, expected to launch later this year.
Top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reckons we'll see three new Apple smartphones, one of which will feature a staggeringly large 6.5-inch screen.
The details were revealed in a research note intended for investors, which was obtained by tech blog MacRumors.
According to Kuo, Apple will show off a new entry-level iPhone, and then two iPhone X sequels ‘ rumoured to be called the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus.
The cheaper model will supposedly have a 6.1-inch screen with an LCD panel ‘ not as impressive as the iPhone X's OLED screen, which gives you a wider range of colours and better contrast overall.
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