Next Generation iPhone X To Be Much Cheaper?

Purnima Gupta
		
            		      3:18 PM

Purnima Gupta 3:18 PM

A new report is claiming that Apple will enter trial production of its 2018 iPhones in the second quarter. In 2017, the company released the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, which features all the major changes that had been rumored for years. In particular, the low yield of infrared 3D sensors for the iPhone X's FaceID functionality is cited as the main reason why that one hit the shelves at a later date and was initially always out of stock. Due to this cost reduction, the report says, "Apple may position the new 5.85-inch device as the cheapest model of all three next-generation iPhone models". Apple is set to debut three new iPhones later this year, an update to the 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch device dubbed "iPhone X Plus" and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

Apple has recently determined the direction for its next-generation iPhone lineup - which will consist of two OLED-based iPhones (5.85-inch and 6.45-inch) and a 6.1-inch LCD model. However, the project was suspended in mid-February and seems to have been completely scrapped. According to Lin, Apple has made a deal with Samsung Display that could prevent the cost increases, at least from the panel side. Those challenges apparently nearly made Apple shut down the project previous year, but it didn't, and now working displays are being produced.

Reportedly, Apple has a secret testing facility in Santa Clara, California, where it is designing and producing test samples of its own displays. The iPhone-maker now sources OLED panels from Samsung Display for the iPhone X.

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Lin also believes the 5.85-inch OLED iPhone may be the cheapest of the three new devices. Just yesterday, amateur graphic design Benjamin Geskin suggested a new Blush Gold color for the 2018 iPhone X. Geskin doesn't exactly have the best track record in terms of predictions and rumors, but he's quite incessant with them. This shows that there's room for Apple to improve - and, frankly, improve dramatically - on this relatively annoying aspect of the iPhone X in future models. We could very well see a new Apple Pencil with expanded compatibility for lower-end iPads.

In particular, the iPhone X supply side ramp was held back by limited production of the Infrared lasers used in the TrueDepth camera system.

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