Apple initiated its major design overhaul with the iPhone X in 2017. While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were released alongside, they still shared design features with the past three generations of Apple’s smartphone line. But with a recent exclusive from Ghostek, first picked by BGR, we now know that Apple plans to bring out three new iPhone models in 2018 – and all of them look like the iPhone X.
With a fabulous track record, TF International Securities analyst and Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo confirmed to BGR, that the Macbook maker plans to launch three new models – a new iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED display, an ‘iPhone X Plus” with a 6.5-inch OLED display, and a budget iPhone with a 6.1-inch LCD display.
While the authenticity of the report was yet to be tested, third-party case maker Ghostek revealed a protective case for the 6.1-inch budget model. This further hints that Kuo’s reveal might indeed be true.
According to reports, the budget iPhone does not feature a home button or the Touch ID, but instead will have a notch housing the Face ID cam. It will also feature wider bezels when compared to the X – hinting an LCD screen.
It is expected that this model, along with the new upgrades on the iPhone X, will be unveiled by September this year. In a separate leak, it was hinted that the new iPhone X and iPhone X Plus will feature A12 processors and faster LTE technology. It is yet to be confirmed if these models are 5G ready.
Current rumors also hint that Apple will not move away from its two-cell L-shaped design for the batteries in the now-expected 5.8 and 6.5-inch iPhone X variants.
This could mean that the battery life in the new iPhone X could match up to the current model, but the Plus version might get a power upgrade with an expected capacity of 3300 to 3400 mAh.
Even though the low-cost variant features an LCD display, it might be of superior technology – maybe even a Full Active LCD, courtesy Japan Display.
With Apple distancing budget users with its iPhone X price-tag, this might offer the company to win back some customers. This would also add more volumes and thus put Apple in a much comfortable position that it is right now. In countries other than the US, Apple mostly sells phones free of contract, thus forcing a hefty price tag – making it a premium phone over a commoner device.
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