In the previous month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had claimed that Apple would be releasing three iPhones in 2018. Fresh information shared by Nomura, a Japanese securities firm corroborates with the predictions of Kuo as it claims that the Cupertino company will be releasing two OLED iPhones and one LCD iPhone in 2018.
According to Nomura, the LCD iPhone arriving in 2018 will sport the same edge-to-edge design like the iPhone X. It will be featuring only a single camera on its rear panel. Its screen will not be equipped with Force Touch feature. It will be enabled with Face ID feature and it is expected to be priced between $650 to $900. Kuo has claimed that this model will be featuring a 6.1-inch TFT LCD screen.
The Japanese securities firm also claims that there will be an OLED iPhone that will feature a 5.8-inch display. It is expected to arrive as a sequel to the iPhone X. There will be another OLED iPhone dubbed as “Plus” model that will carry the same specs as the forthcoming 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, but it will be housing a larger display of 6.5 inches. It is expected to come with features like dual-SIM support and 512 GB storage.
These iPhones are unlikely to feature Touch ID sensor and all of them will be equipped the infamous “notch” that was introduced on the iPhone X. Nomura has also stated that the iPhones arriving in 2019 will be equipped with a rear-mounted 3D sensing camera. The inclusion of a rear-mounted camera that possesses features of the TrueDepth Camera will allow the company to fulfil its goal of bringing full-fledged AR support on iPhones.
The lower-priced LCD iPhone will be assembled by Pegatron and possibly Wistron. The other two OLED iPhones is expected to be assembled by Foxconn. According to Nomura, it was able to acquire the above information on 2018 iPhones through supply chain surveys. It claims that the suppliers and specifications of the forthcoming iPhones will not be finalized before late first quarter or second quarter of 2018.