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Predictions Are Firming Around Apple Launching Three New IPhones This Year

KIF LESWING, BUSINESS INSIDER
19 JUN 2018

Apple will release a new iPhone lineup this fall with three new models, according to a Friday report from The Wall Street Journal.

Two of the phones will be built around screens using OLED technology, the same type of display in the iPhone X. One will have an LCD screen, the type of display on the iPhone 8 and all previous iPhones.

 

The biggest question for investors is what the mix will be between the three devices.

The iPhone X, which is the only phone with an OLED screen, starts at US$999, making it one of the most expensive smartphones in the world.

That price tag is largely due to its screen technology. The OLED part costs US$100, whereas LCD iPhone screens cost about US$40, according to analysts cited by The Journal. If Apple sells more OLED iPhones, the iPhone will have a higher average price.

That's part of the reason Apple may be shifting its production plans to make more LCD iPhones than OLED iPhones, The Journal reported, citing executives at parts makers with direct knowledge of the matter. They say Apple anticipates that the less expensive models will be more popular.

OLED screens can have better image quality than LCD displays, as well as darker blacks and lower power consumption.

Friday's news corroborates other reports about the 2018 iPhone lineup from sources like Bloomberg and the well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

All three predict that Apple will launch three new iPhones this fall: an upgraded version of the iPhone X, a version of the iPhone X with a bigger screen, and the lower-cost LCD iPhone with facial recognition.

Kuo previously predicted that the LCD iPhone could be priced between US$550 and US$650. Here's a graphic that shows what his iPhone-lineup prediction looks like.

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