Apple's New 2018 iPhone Line-up May Consist of Two Phones With LCD Displays and One Larger OLED Model, Claims Analyst

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple could release just one new OLED-based iPhone alongside two new iPhone models with LCD displays this year, according to a new report today. Previous reports have gravitated towards the view that Apple will launch two new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone models and only one 6.1-inch model with an LCD display.

    However, Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin believes Apple is increasingly leaning towards releasing two LCD-based models - one between 5.7-inch and 5.8-inches, and another between 6.0-inches and 6.1-inches. Lin also claims the 6.1-inch OLED device Apple is testing is falling out of favor, and the company sees more of a future in a larger 6.4- to 6.5-inch OLED model it is also testing.

    Such a line-up would be similar to the iPhone range Apple launched last year: Two LCD-based devices in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and the OLED-based iPhone X. Lin believes the four iPhone projects Apple is working on all support wireless charging and 3D sensing functionalities. However, Lin believes Apple has not yet made a final decision on the combination, so the 2x OLED/ 1x LCD iPhone line-up predicted by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo could still play out.

    Taiwan-based website DigiTimes has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, but its sources within the upstream supply chain have proven reliable in the past. However, its in-house research arm remains an unknown quantity, so we remain guarded on the accuracy of this prediction going forward.

    Earlier this week, Taiwan's Commercial Times added to the speculation by claiming Apple's rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will use Japan Display's so-called "Full Active" LCD technology, enabling it to have a taller display and ultra-slim 0.5mm bezels on all four sides, making them smaller than those on the iPhone X.

    Also today, Digitimes analyst Lin claimed Apple is working on a new entry-level smartphone model similar to the iPhone SE that will support wireless charging and be ready for launch in May or June.

    Article Link: Apple's New 2018 iPhone Line-up May Consist of Two Phones With LCD Displays and One Larger OLED Model, Claims Analyst
  2. christarp macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2013
    Kind of wish they'd stop pulling the whole this size is slightly different in some areas.

    Wish they'd just release 3 sizes of phones, with the same feature set and keep it simple. Instead you're thinking "hmm, well if I get the 4.7" model iPhone 8, I don't get the best camera, but if I get the iPhone 8 Plus, then I do, but not as great as the iPhone X"

    I realize it's not practical, but apple is the king of making the impractical, practical.
  3. GTO Suspended


    Jan 23, 2018
    I trust ming chi kuo over DigiTimes. There could be three new model's this year :
    : iPhone X second generation
    : iPhone 6.1 LCD model
    : iPhone X Plus OLED model
  4. robjulo macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
  5. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
  6. walnuts macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    I don’t buy a lot of this:

    • There’s got to be a direct upgrade from current iPhone X to next gen iPhone X
    • Just like the wild rumors of last summer about last minute changes to the iPhone lineup that ended up untrue, I believe the designs for iPhones for this fall were locked in last fall. The only way this is true is if it is old info from a few months ago.
  7. johngordon macrumors 68000

    Apr 19, 2004
    I agree - I think in the end that may have been a big factor in why I stuck with my 5 and later my SE for as long as I did. I knew I didn't want a bigger Plus model, and I knew that if I got a 6/6S/7S I'd be compromising on the camera.

    Coincidentally, Gruber posted an article the other day, admittedly anecdotal, about how when faced with these sorts of decisions, its very common to be indecisive and end up buying neither.

    It would seem like a bit of a step backwards if the only OLED iPhone was a larger Plus size model.
  8. ACST Suspended

    Sep 5, 2016
    Digitimes :rolleyes:, wake up up when Ming-Chi Kuo says it.
  9. Someyoungguy macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2012
    OK, we've covered 1 LCD, 2 OLED and now 1 OLED, 2 LCD. So we just need a couple more geniuses to predict 3 LCD, and 3 OLED.
  10. otternonsense macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2016
    I wish the notch died with the X, but it looks like that won't be the case.
  11. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    I have a feeling Apple knows what they are going to do but Digitimes has yet to figure it out and not the other way around.

    Also, still wonder why this would be called iPhone X. Would it not be XS or XI or maybe 11? I guess it could have the same name but that has not been the case in the past.
  12. ScottishDuck macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2010
    Argyll, Scotland
    Yes I’m so sure Apple is going to create a scenario where people on the upgrade plan have to pay more money to avoid losing their OLED screen :rolleyes:
  13. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    After the visual and migraine difficulties I and some other MR forum members had with OLED on the X, I welcome any rumors that indicate Apple is not done with the very excellent LCD displays they’ve perfected in the last couple of generation of iPhones and iPads. (Well, as close to perfection as these things can get, anyway).

    I know there are key advantages to OLED, and that for many people here it’s “OLED or bust”, but it is difficult for Samsung and other makers to get consistent quality yield. Those of us who have owned or seen several samples of the same model of Samsung phones or iPhone X, or even phones with LG OLED displays, have noted marked disparity among different samples in the following characteristics: brightness, color temperature, evenness of luminosity and hue across the display, and degree of off axis color shift.

    There is a huge “display quality lottery” out there that a lot of people have yet to realize until they put their phone next to someone else’s. I think at this point it’s more pronounced than what we’ve seen in the variances among LCD displays. In the last couple of generations of iPhones there has been better consistency across samples.

    And I don’t know about everyone else’s experiences, but for me, True Tone on the OLED is not a thing of beauty on all iPhone X’s.

    It was an atrocious salmon pink on the one I returned. It was nice and worked well on my husband’s. Yet overall, my X had the brighter band more attractive display as long as True Tone was turned off.

    I doubt the source of these rumors. But IF Apple is still committing resources to LCD, I would not blame them in the least nor think they are behind the times. The bleeding edge isn’t a comfortable place to be, yet.
  14. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    So some phones will be released, with some sizes and some screens.

    That's what we know.....
  15. kingalexthe1st macrumors 6502


    Apr 13, 2013
    They're going to release one more iteration of the current iPhone 8 design at least. I think they skipped the 7s moniker last year because they are going to phase out the design and go with the style of the X. iPhone 6s -> 7 -> 8 -> 9, then no more.
  16. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    Is it that difficult to get OLED panels??
  17. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Why are rumor sites still publishing DigiTimes garbage?!? Good grief.
  18. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    How big??!!

    Aren’t these iPad nano’s rather than phones?!
  19. JoeInMilwaukee macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2015
    Milwaukee, WI
    LCD display = liquid crystal display display = redundant
  20. _Refurbished_ macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2007
    At this rate, they will release an update to the iPad Mini and discontinue the iPhone.

  21. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    About how many months of normal use will throttling, oh excuse me Power Management, be necessary?
  22. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
    yeah keep throwing everything there, something will stick ultimately
  23. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    I want an iPhone X plus with Micro LED. Actually, any plus model phone with FaceID would do me. The X is just a bit small for my eyesight compared to the Plus, but I don't want to give up FaceID.
  24. gnomeisland macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2008
    New York, NY
    I wonder if we'll see a near total refresh of the entire line. It seems very likely that the X will not be downgraded like the past. Apple now sells quite the spread of iPhones at different price points but only a few of them are AR compatible. Like the introduction of Apple Pay I think Apple will prune, and retrofit old designs so that most/all of the 2018 iPhones are fully AR compatible.
  25. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    No chance the smaller model won’t be oled too...

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