According to leaked glass panels, Apple’s 2018 Entry Level iPhone won’t have edge-to-edge screen. We get this tip from images posted on Twitter by Benjamin Geskin.
Apple LCD iPhone won’t have a bezel-free design Leaks from Apple upcoming iPhones
“2018 Apple iPhone, iPhone X, iPhone X Plus front panels: https://t.co/fGlzRH5Q6x”
If this is a legitimate leak then these images confirm that Apple’s new 6.1-inch, 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone models won’t feature a fully bezel-free display.
Digitimes claims that in its 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, Apple will ‘exclusively’ use Japanese manufacturer Nichia’s 0.3t LED chips.
The report explains “While LTPS-LCD smartphone screens with backlights using 0.4t LED chips have bottom bezels of 4.0-4.5mm, use of 0.3t LED chips can reduce them to 2.0-2.5mm, enhancing LCD screens’ competitiveness against OLED all (bezel-free) screens panels,”
Apple’s new LCD iPhone is expected to be the cheapest of the company’s three upcoming iPhones. And according to rumours, this iPhone will be made available in white, grey, orange and blue colour options.
According to Kuo “The ‘entry-level’ 6.1in LCD iPhone will allegedly debut in more out-there grey, white, blue, red and orange flavours.”
Kuo, in his research note, also doing some predictions related to iPhone sales. He predicts that the upcoming Apple’s LCD iPhone will account for 55 % of sales.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is expecting a rush of demand plus Apple will witness a noteworthy growth in sales in the fourth quarter as well.
As for the prices are concerned, we might see an upcoming trio of iPhones cheaper than expected.
Kuo forecasted that pricing could start at just £465 for Apple’s 2018 incoming iPhones.
Analyst Kou claims that Apple’s 5.8-inch iPhone will cost in between £600-£670. And expectedly the rumoured OLED 6.5-inch iPhone will be most expensive of Apple’s 2018 incoming iPhones. Kuo predicts the price of 6.5 inch iPhone in between £670-£745.
Kuo said in his research note: “We forecast that Apple will adopt a more aggressive price policy for the following reasons: (1) concern over the negative impact of a higher price in a mature smartphone market on selling momentum, (2) improved cost structure, which is mainly attributed to assembly yield improvements of end product & 3D sensing and cost reduction of components, and (3) increasing users of Face ID benefiting the promotion of the Apple service and ecosystem.”
It is expected that iPhone X Plus will offer a decent upgrade under the hood. The smartphone which is also referred to as the ‘iPhone 11,2’ will be equipped with a new 6 core CPU with 4GB RAM and iOS 12. The CPU will likely to be Apple’s own A12 chip offering more speed and better efficiency.
Speculations suggest that upcoming iPhone 9 will feature a single camera on its rear and it will be Apple’s entry-level iPhone coming this year. In order to keep the price low, it is also rumoured that Apple opts against OLED and will come up with the 6.1-inch LCD screen. It is believed that the iPhone X Plus will come in the same size as iPhone 7 Plus. This is because Apple has ditched the large bezels in favour of its iPhone X design. It is also being rumoured that iPhone X Plus may have dual camera setup on the rear.
In a bid to lessen its dependence on Samsung, Apple has reportedly linked with LG to supply OLED screens for its 2018 upcoming iPhones. Samsung is currently the sole supplier of displays for the iPhone X and such decision from Apple would help to lessen its reliance on Samsung.
Jerry Kang, a senior principal analyst at IHS Markit, said “Securing a second supplier for OLED screens is crucial for Apple as it will allow the company to reduce its reliance on Samsung, which is currently the sole supplier.”