In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang says next gen iPhones will start production in August with Apple expected to offer an LCD version of the smartphone at around $200 below the cost of the OLED models shipping at the same time.
He says three new iPhone models will be launched later this year. The lineup will consist of two OLED versions, with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch displays, alongside a 6.1-inch LCD version.
Zhang’s prediction lines up pretty well with that of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who forecasts that the 2018 iPhones will ship in 5.8- and 6.5-inch sizes in OLED, with a lower-priced ($700-$800) 6.1-inch device coming, as well. He believes the latter will have a single rear camera, and an aluminum frame rather than stainless steel. Kuo Kuo says the lower priced smartphone will lack 3D touch, and have 3GB of RAM, as compared to 4GB in the OLED models.
The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) thinks that Kuo’s prediction is right on the money. The analyst has one of the best track records around when it comes to Apple forecasts. Also, Zhang’s mention of an August start for production lines up with what we’d normally expect from the iPhone maker.
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