Apple rocked the boat in 2017 with the introduction of the iPhone X, and now - thanks to a new report courtesy of KGI Securities - it appears as if 2018 might yield more of the all-screen monster that the world couldn't wait to get their hands on.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo - who has a long history of tracking product leaks and offering accurate predictions - has now claimed that Apple is reading three new iPhones - all in the style of the iPhone X - for release later this year.
According to Kuo, Apple will proceed to offer a 6.5" OLED and a 5.8" OLED iPhone - reminiscent of the 'standard' and 'Plus' lineup which Apple has sold since the debut of the iPhone 6 - and might further move to offer an 'in-between' model with a 6.1" display and LCD screen.
The move might come as a bid to entice the Chinese market, which many Western manufacturers have failed to find traction in. According to Kuo, the original iPhone failed to resonate with Chinese consumers thanks to the fact that most purchasers wait at least ten months before replacing their day-to-day smartphone, and that, given the Chinese market's penchant for larger displays, attention naturally gravitated to the larger iPhone 8 Plus.
Kuo believes that the 6.1" LCD iPhone might well be the avenue of entry most consumers take to get on board with Apple's next-generation design, and that the model would still come equipped with the same near bezel-less screen and 3D-sensing camera as its forebear.
Specifically, Kuo elaborated that "We believe the addition of 6.5-inch OLED and 6.1-inch LCD iPhone models will boost Apple's market share in China, and that the US$650-750 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will make it easier for users worldwide to own a 3D sensing and full-screen design iPhone which offers an innovative user experience."
It remains to be seen, however, if Apple will continue to punt the debut of Face ID, or whether its new iPhone models will successfully integrate a front-facing fingerprint sensor.
Kuo predicts that the iPhone X might reach the end of its life cycle in the middle of the year, whereafter the new trio of iPhone models - which at present do not bear a common name - might replace the handset come August or September.
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