Last year, Apple showed off the new iPhone X, a revolutionary smartphone with a completely revamped design.
The big change was the introduction of an all-screen front, which proved popular with users.
But Apple was forced to include a small “notch” at the top of the screen to house the camera and Face ID facial recognition sensors.
Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone X is quite possibly the most visually stunning flagship smartphone in the world right now. Apple fan or not, you have to admire the phone’s beautiful lines and premium materials. It’s a gorgeous phone, but if I’m being completely honest, it’s definitely not my favorite iPhone design. Sure it’s my favorite iPhone in terms of performance and features. I’m also a huge fan of Apple’s new gesture-based user interface, which in my opinion provides a much smoother and more natural means of navigating a smartphone. But in terms of design, the iPhone 5 will always hold a special place in my heart.
The overall shape of the iPhone 5 was nothing new when Apple debuted it in 2012. It was a redesign of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S that came before it. The shape wasn’t even all that novel to begin with, since Apple borrowed it from LG. But there was something special about the iPhone 5, with its tall display and premium construction. The iPhone 5’s flat, rounded rectangle design was terrific, and the aluminum mid-frame with its polished, chamfered edges was beautiful. I already miss it, but a new “iPhone X2” concept has me wishing even more for a modernized version.
The iPhone X was generally well received, so gadget fans are eager to see the iPhone X2 later this year.
The report – which we can’t verify – says that Apple is “looking into combination of a face-recognition module with a camera module”.
The idea is that by pairing the Face ID system – which lets you unlock the phone with your face – with the existing selfie camera, Apple could save space.
If that happens, Apple can then shrink the notch so that more of the next iPhone’s front is filled with screen.
It will be great news for some Apple fans, many of whom still slate the notch as “ugly”.
A future iPhone model could see the camera and Face ID sensor combined to reduce the “notch” size.
Bloomberg says the largest iPhone, code-named D33, will be the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, but the edge-to-edge screen makes the screen size an inch larger than the Plus phone. The OLED screen will have a resolution of 1,242 x 2,688 pixels. You’ll probably be able to use split-screen mode on some apps, like you can on the iPhone 8 Plus.
The 6.5-inch iPhone will have Face ID, though Bloomberg did not specifically say if there will be a notch like that on the iPhone X. Apple is considering dual-SIM card support in some regions where the feature in popular (Europe and Asia), but the company would rather use E-SIM, which allows users to switch service providers without charging a physical SIM card.
The second new iPhone would essentially be an update of the current 5.8-inch iPhone X. Both of the new iPhones would have Apple’s A12 processor and iOS 12. Apple may offer a gold finish for both the 6.5- and 5.8-inch iPhones, though Apple wanted to produce a gold iPhone X and ran into production problems.
As previously reported, the new iPhones this year will, Kuo believes, consist of two models similar to the iPhone X—one at the same 5.8 inch size and one larger model. Size differences aside (and perhaps display resolution), these phones will be identical.
Then, instead of continuing to sell this year’s iPhone X at a reduced price as Apple typically does, the company will instead produce a new LCD-based iPhone with many of the same design cues, including a taller aspect ratio and very slim bezels. We should point out that the image above shows bezels all around the display on the LCD model that may be too small to achieve with an LCD display.
In addition to the LCD screen with a lower resolution, the 6.1-inch model will have a single camera instead of a dual camera setup, 3GB of RAM instead of 4GB, and an aluminum frame instead of a steel frame. Note that this is just the frame, not the body, which may still be primarily glass in order to enable wireless charging. Kuo believes the phone will also forego 3D touch. As far as construction goes, it should be simpler than the iPhone X (or it’s replacements), by virtue of using a regular non-stacked logic board and rectangular, rather than L-shaped, battery.
Oft-accurate KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with more 2018 iPhone rumors, and he’s doubling down on larger displays. In his note, Kuo writes that “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.”
To back up his claims, Kuo says that the iPhone X hasn’t made much of a splash in China, as the size and price of the phone dulled sales there. As such, he believes that the so-called “super cycle” of upgrades will kick in next year with the release of larger sizes of iPhone X-styled phones.
Speaking of iPhone X, Kuo says Apple will be ceasing production of the iPhone X in the summer, significantly earlier than usual. Apple traditionally continues to make older models after new ones arrive, but Kuo sees the 6.1-inch LCD model filling the role of the discounted iPhone X. Consequently, he’s lowered his iPhone X 2018 sales estimates from 80 million to 62 million. In a follow-up note on Monday, he clarified this position, adding that price, not demand os the impetus for discontinuing production: “Lowering iPhone X’s price after the (2018) new models launch would be a negative to product brand value given 3D sensing and OLED display are features of the new high-price model. Additionally, to sell iPhone X at a lower price may have a negative impact on shipments of the new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.”
A report from Electronic Times in Korea states that LG Display has an order with Apple to produce 15-16 million phone displays in 2018. The displays are all said to be 6.5 inches, which means one thing: LG is going to make the display for the supposed larger iPhone X sequel (call it an “iPhone X Plus”), while Samsung will continue to be the primary OLED display supplier for the new 5.8-inch model, just as they are with the current iPhone X.
15-16 million units for 2018 may not seem a like a lot, but consider all the factors. First, we’re only looking at 2-3 months of supply, as the new iPhones are once again expected to land in October or November. Second, this is only the larger (and presumably more expensive) of the two new iPhone X replacements. And third, if other rumors are true, there will still be a less-expensive LCD-based iPhone in addition to the OLED models. So, we’re looking at just a few months of sales for only the largest and most expensive of three iPhone models. Given that Apple usually sells 75-80 million iPhones in the 4th quarter of the year, the 15-16 million figure for the top-end model sounds about right.
Current iOS devices use power management chips made by the UK company Dialog Semiconductor. These chips manage battery charging and the power supplied from the battery to the various components within the phone. Nikkei’s sources say Apple’s new chip will be the most advanced in the industry, and would allow Apple to deliver better performance with longer battery life.
There is some uncertainty as to the timing, however. One of Nikkei’s sources says it will show up in some products next year, while another thinks it might not appear until 2019.