Rumor: Apple to continue selling current-gen iPhone throughout 2018
Monday January 29, 2018. 12:00 PM , from Power Page
The rumor mill has changed and Apple may in fact stick with its usual strategy of selling the current model iPhone X as opposed to replacing it with a second-gen model later this year.
According to unnamed industry sources, Korean publication The Investor reported on Friday that Apple will be launching two new OLED iPhone models later this year, including a larger 6.46-inch model.
The report also claims that the two new models will be “adding to the current iPhone X.”
The report offered the following description:
“The two new models come with 5.85-inch and 6.46-inch screens, along with the 5.8-inch iPhone X, the first OLED iPhone launched last year. With the new addition, the California-based company has also started seeking new panel and battery suppliers.”
Recently, a note published by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the iPhone X could be replaced entirely by new models later this year. Such a move would be be unusual for Apple, as the company typically keeps legacy models around at more affordable price points to target more customers.
The report also suggested that Apple might seek to maintain its $999-and-up price point for the current-gen iPhone X.
It’s also been rumored that Apple plans to add one or two more rigid flexible circuit board suppliers to offer the iPhone X alongside the two new 2018 OLED models. LG Display has been rumored to be the likely supplier of screens for the 6.46-inch OLED screen on the rumored “iPhone X Plus.” That would be a change, as Samsung is believed to be the sole supplier of OLED panels for the current 5.8-inch iPhone X.
Finally, the new 2018 OLED models are expected to feature new L-shaped batteries that will be produced by LG Chem. It is believed to be a single-cell battery with greater capacity than two-cell designs.
As always, stay tuned for additional details as they become available.
Via AppleInsider and The Investor
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