Apple to launch three new iPhone X-like devices next year
Now that even the last of Apple's 2017 iPhones is finally available, it's time for the rumors about the company's 2018 lineup to start. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is leading the way as always, today releasing a report about the specific smartphones that he expects Apple to unveil next year.
The first thing you'll notice about all of them is that they're keeping the design of the iPhone X intact, bezel-less screen and controversial notch included. Thus, all the iPhones of 2018 will be similar in the looks department and similarly devoid of a fingerprint sensor. They will also all feature the TrueDepth camera system on the front.
Kuo says the two models with OLEDOLED technology was invented by Eastman Kodak in the early 1980s. OLED panels are made from organic (carbon based) materials that emit light when electricity is applied through them. Since OLEDs do not require a backlight and filters (unlike LCD displays), they are more efficient, simpler to make, and much thinner. OLEDs have a great picture quality - brilliant colors, fast response rate and a wide viewing angle. OLEDs can also be used to make OLED lighting - thin, efficient and without any bad metals.panels will basically have the same top of the line innards. The smaller of these will be the same size as the iPhone X basically, while the other adds an option for people who like bigger devices. The 6.5" behemoth will come with an even higher resolution than the X, aiming for up to 500 ppi pixel density.
Sitting in between these size-wise, the 6.1" iPhone with an LCD screen will become Apple's entry-level smartphone, expected to be priced from $649-$749. Its display will be lower-res and thus have a smaller pixel density than its siblings. There are probably also going to be internal differences aimed at making this particular handset cheaper than the other two. The materials used could be cheaper too.
While Kuo is usually pretty reliable, note that none of this information has been confirmed in any way at this point, so it may be advisable to take all of it with a decent dose of salt.