Apple to launch four new iPhones this year?

Kelley Robertson
January 30, 2018

No new iPhone SE would also mean fewer low-cost options for iPhone fans - or at least what passes for low cost in Apple's ecosystem.

We've heard about Apple's planned iPhone triple threat before, both from Kuo and other reports coming out of Asia.

The new phones have not been given official titles yet, but the largest of the three; the 6.5 inch, is being dubbed as the iPhone X Plus by some.

The new details from Kuo largely focus on the distribution and manufacturing of the new 6.1 inch phone across Pegatron, Foxconn and Wistron assemblers, adding that Japan Display will supply the majority (70%) of LCD panels for the phone and that apparently it will use the company's six-inch Full Active LCDs that only need a 0.5mm bezel on the edges.

Nikkei claims that, as a result, Apple has chose to halve the production target for its flagship smartphone in the first quarter of 2018 from 40 million units to 20 million units.

The departure of the original iPhone X is likely to be filled well with the new versions that KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo a year ago specified as 6.5-inch OLED and 6.1-inch LCD models.

Apple is believed to have started considering an increase to proportion of liquid crystal display iPhone models by reducing production of the OLED screen models scheduled for release this year. With all the problems that have hounded the company in relation to the performance of its older iPhone models, there have also been talks that the tech giant will cease production of its current flagship model, the iPhone X.

While sales of the iPhone X have been strong in the US, the device has reportedly failed to catch on as much globally.

"After the first wave of demand has been fulfilled, the market now worries that the high price of the iPhone X may weaken demand in the first quarter", Zhang wrote.

The latter is said to feature a massive 6.5-inch screen, which is almost two inches bigger than the 4.7-inch display seen on last year's iPhone 8. Apple India halved distributor margins to 1.7-2.5 per cent and gave distributors specific areas of responsibility to protect those margins, says the report.

But Apple likely performed strongly in the October-December quarter, given that the iPhone X did not launch until November.

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