We all know that Apple will launch three new iPhones, the iPhone 9, iPhone 9 Plus and the iPhone X (2018) in the second half of this year. The upcoming iPhones will be announced in September with the sales starting at the end of September. All of the three devices will come with a notch and gesture navigation just like iPhone X. Recently, a prominent leak source “Ben Geskin” showed off. The leak shows the alleged front panels for the upcoming iPhones.
Front Panels of 5.8″, 6.1″ & 6.5″ Upcoming iPhones
According to Ben Geskin, the front panels of upcoming iPhones are sized at 5.8, 6.1, and 6.5 inches. All three variants point to edge-to-edge displays and iPhone X-style. As all the three variants will be styled like iPhone X so the new iPhones will accommodate a TrueDepth camera for Face ID and Memoji. Significantly the 6.1-inch panel appears to have slightly thicker bezels as compared to its companions. This further indicates that 6.1-inch iPhone will use LCD technology instead of the OLED that will be used in other variants. Apple will be able to sell a 6.1-inch iPhone at a cheaper price if it will use LCD technology instead of OLED.
On the other hand, 5.8-inch iPhone may be cheaper than the iPhone X because of the expense of OLED coupled with Apple’s desire to keep up profit margins. Apple is rumoured to add two new OLED models to its iPhone lineup this fall including a 5.8-inch iPhone X replacement and a 6.5-inch OLED “iPhone X Plus”. Mr.Kuo has further revealed that:
“The 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone models will sport stacked board designs like iPhone X, while the 6.1-inch LCD model will stick to a traditional single-layer layout.”
Manufacturers will adopt a finer pitch of 28-30 nanometers on the boards to reduce PCB size and improve energy efficiency.
Current Price Predictions of Upcoming iPhones
The expected price of upcoming iPhones is written below.
|6.1-inch LCD iPhone||$600 to $700|
|5.8-inch OLED iPhone||$800 to $900|
|6.5-inch OLED iPhone||$900 to $1000|
The two OLED models will ship in September and early October while the 6.1-inch model will be pushed to November because of difficulties of cutting an iPhone X-like “notch” out of LCD panel.