KGI: 6.1-Inch iPhone to Have Single-Lens Rear Camera, Aluminum Frame, 3GB RAM, and No 3D Touch, Cost $700-$800


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Apr 12, 2001

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today shared additional details about the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018.

Note: KGI's image has a slight error. iPhone 8 Plus has 3GB of RAM.

We already know the device is said to have some iPhone X features, including Face ID, but with some design compromises to achieve a cheaper price point. That will include an LCD screen, as known, and now Kuo says the device will have an aluminum frame, single-lens rear camera, and no 3D Touch.

It's unclear if the back of the iPhone will also be forged from aluminum rather than glass, a tradeoff that would inhibit wireless charging.

In a research note obtained by MacRumors on Tuesday, Kuo added that the 6.1-inch iPhone also won't adopt the iPhone X's stacked logic board and L-shaped battery pack. Instead, he said the device will have a standard non-stacked logic board and rectangular battery pack like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Kuo believes the 6.1-inch iPhone will be a mid-range device priced between $700 and $800 in the United States, up from his previous $650 to $750 estimate. The device is expected to be announced around September-October as usual alongside a new 5.8-inch iPhone X and a larger 6.5-inch version dubbed iPhone X Plus.

The research note reads in part:
Development schedule of new 6.1" LCD iPhone slightly behind 6.5" and 5.8" OLED models, but it may enjoy extended longevity into 1H19F, boosting slow season outlook: We predict the 6.1" LCD iPhone will differ from the 6.5" and 5.8" OLED models in terms of certain specs, for reasons of cost/price and product segmentation. However, this shouldn't have any effect on key user experience. We revise up our price projection for the 6.1" model from $650-$750 to $700-$800, and remain positive on shipments momentum.
KGI Securities expects the 6.1-inch iPhone to account for around 50 percent of the new iPhone lineup's shipments, with sales remaining strong into 2019.

Article Link: KGI: 6.1-Inch iPhone to Have Single-Lens Rear Camera, Aluminum Frame, 3GB RAM, and No 3D Touch, Cost $700-$800


macrumors 601
Mar 18, 2009
Sounds like this is lining up to be a replacement for the iPhone 8 Plus. Though no 3D touch or rear glass are interesting omissions.
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macrumors G3
Nov 26, 2007
Missing 3D Touch seems a bit odd... I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything with my 6+, but I figured it was here to stay.


macrumors 6502
May 3, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT
If this is true, that cuts the 6.1" phone out for me. I've become so used to 3D Touch on my iPhone 7 Plus that I do a double-take whenever I'm using my wife's iPhone SE and pressing harder doesn't do anything.


macrumors 65816
May 27, 2014
3D Touch has been implemented system wide in iOS at this point; removing the feature makes the the OS more difficult to navigate. Can't believe apple which prides itself on software and hardware meshing would do such a thing


macrumors 6502
Sep 8, 2009
No way they would leave out 3D Touch in the phone unless they replace it with something better (like Face ID replaced Touch ID)

I can’t see it not having anything the current iPhone 8 has except for the change of Touch ID to Face ID.


macrumors 603
Jun 24, 2013
KGI has no clue about the 2018 iPhones. Why would Apple take out something it spent so much time developing software for?

If Apple releases a gimped entry model, I’ll go elsewhere. Rather deal with Google’s Pixel or the Galaxy because I know I’ll get more hardware for my $.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 8, 2007
Brooklyn, NY
I think Apple is hurting themselves with these partial rollouts of their features. 3D Touch is already haphazardly implemented across their product lines. What incentive do developers have to implement 3D Touch when a) half their users can’t use it and b) because anyone doesn’t have it, any function achieved with 3D Touch needs to also be available without it, probably in a more easily discoverable manner.

I always assumed that 3D Touch was taking a while to reach iPads because the current gen Pencil tech was incompatible, but if this rumor is to be believed and it really is Apple’s intention to only include 3D Touch in their highest end iPhones, I don’t think it’s worth it anywhere.


macrumors 601
Aug 8, 2008
Sounds like a cheapened replacement that will cause confusion as to which model is the "flagship" against which other flagships are compared.

I can easily see people claiming this is the flagship since it would be new model and has a bigger screen. That's just the way some tend to think.


macrumors 68000
Jul 28, 2012
What baffles me the most is the lack of an OLED display. Every phone that I know of in the $700-800 price range has an OLED display, and HAS HAD one for a while. As you know, Apple was late to the game adopting OLED screens. And now Apple is really going to limit the OLED display to their $1000+ phones?

If so -- laughable. But we'll see. It's just a rumor.


macrumors 65816
Nov 5, 2004
I won't miss 3D Touch. I surely wouldn't miss the rear glass even at the expense of losing wireless charging. I would miss the dual rear camera but that is not a deal breaker. At that price, I would be in line for the 6.1" LCD iPhone.
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