Apple is expected to release three iPhones in the same style as the iPhone X later this year, and one of them is expected to rise from the pack, literally and figuratively.
Apple is forecasting 70 million OLED panels for the new models, according to the report, with about 45 million for the larger 6.5-inch model, and 25 million for the 5.8-inch model (the same size as the current iPhone X).
These forecasts likely just for the initial quarter for the new iPhones go on sale (Apple typically sells about 75 million iPhones in the first quarter they’re available). For subsequent quarters, Apple will certainly re-evaluate the “mix” based on actual sales.
The trick behind the iPhone X is that the phone itself is virtually the same size as an iPhone 8, except the front is all display (apart from a notch up top to make room for the camera, earpiece, and other sensors).
For 2018, Apple is also said to be planning a more affordable iPhone, with a similar design to the iPhone X, but with an LCD screen instead of an OLED (the size is predicted to be 6 inches). Similar to how the iPhone X didn’t ship until October, either LCD model or the OLED models might have a staggered release, with a month between releases. The LCD phone is expected should to be priced more in line with the iPhone 8 and not the exorbitant $1,000+ price point of the iPhone X. It’s also supposed to have a refreshed design and better hardware.
This will not be the last report as we gear up to the inevitable 2018 iPhone lineup unveiling, but it seems for now that the larger model will be the star of the show.