As preparations continue for the iPhone 11, more information is seeping out regarding what will be the most important mobile release of the year. It seems that Apple will release a revolutionary iPhone 11, by no means resting on its laurels after the highly successful iPhone X of last year.
The notorious KGI Securities is already releasing key information on the iPhone 11, and suggests that Apple will release an improved version of the iPhone 11 that will still be rather affordable. This smartphone will feature a 6.1-inch screen, yet will retail at a price point of just $699.
KGI indicates that this version of the Apple flagship will “use slightly less premium components” than the iPhone X. Possibly an aluminum frame could feature, instead of the stainless steel of the flagship from 2017. However, KGI still asserts that the appearance of the iPhone 11 will be rather similar to the iPhone X from last year.
We can reasonably assume that this new 6.1-inch smartphone will launch alongside two other variants, with numerous sources suggesting that a massive iPhone device will be part of the Apple portfolio in 2018. It is interesting that Apple is making this decision now, as it has traditionally refused to follow the industry trends for ever larger smartphone sizes.
“Two new OLED models target high-end market; new TFT-LCD model aims at low-end & midrange markets,” KGI notes. “The new TFT-LCD model will differ significantly from the OLED models in hardware and design specs (for instance, the PPI will be lower). The primary selling points of the TFT-LCD model may be the innovative user experience of an integrated full-screen design and 3D sensing with a lower price tag (we expect it will likely be US$649-749)”.
KGI believes that the iPhone 11 will be a huge success for Apple, anticipating that the 6.1-inch model with an LCD display will be the most popular device ever, dominating the mobile niche for 2018. Total sales of around 100 million units are already expected for this release, which would propel Apple back to the top of the mobile rankings.
By way of comparison, KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has already predicted that the iPhone X will ship around 62 million units in its lifecycle. So based on these predictions, the iPhone 11 could be a huge success for Apple in 2018.
Meanwhile, the chipset to be included in the iPhone 11 has already been a major subject of speculation. It is suggested that Intel will be entirely trusted to provide cellular modems for the 2018 iPhone series, ending the reliance of Apple on Qualcomm.
Tensions between the two companies have escalated due to a major legal action that is ongoing, and the aforementioned Kuo indicates that this will lead Apple to move away from Qualcomm. “Intel will be the exclusive supplier of baseband chip for 2H18 new iPhone models, while Qualcomm may not have a share of the orders at all,” Kuo commented.
While Intel chips have sometimes performed poorly in comparison to Qualcomm’s offerings, Kuo believes that Intel will be able to meet the technical requirements of Apple in 2018. Another incentive for the Californian corporation is that Intel offers a more competitive pricing structure, meaning that Apple can potentially invest funds elsewhere in the iPhone 11 generation.
Intel’s XMM 7560 modem – which supports 4×4 MIMO technology – has been particularly earmarked for the iPhone 11, and it will be interesting to see whether this prediction turns out to be accurate. But Qualcomm could still return it to the iPhone fold in a big way if the legal dispute and hostility between the two corporations is settled satisfactorily.
Apple has also been working on proprietary power management checks, which could debut alongside the Intel modem in the forthcoming iPhone release. It is suggested that this new chip would become the most advanced in the smartphone industry, and could have a positive impact on the battery life of the iPhone range.
Although including this technology in the iPhone series will pose technical and logistical difficulties, the latest reports suggest that the chips could debut in the 2018 iPhone series.
The release date of the 2018 iPhone 11 has yet to be decided, and certainly Apple has not released any useful information on the subject. But we can reasonably expect the iPhone 11 to appear in September, which has been the release date for recent iPhone ranges. Possibly we could see a staggered release for the three devices, with the high spec 6.5-inch device predicted possibly delayed until October.
It has also been suggested that Apple could tinker with 4K resolution in 2018, particularly if Samsung chooses to introduce this increasingly mainstream technology in the Galaxy Note 9. It seems certain that 4K resolution will not feature in the imminent Galaxy S9, but Samsung could instead reserve the screen technology for the Galaxy Note 9 series. If this is the case then Apple could follow suit, at least in the largest version of the iPhone 11 generation.
Photographic capabilities will also be a focus of the iPhone 11, with Apple reportedly working on a new system to improve the low-light shooting capabilities of its smartphones. It is possible that all three iPhone 11 releases will also benefit from a dual-lens cameras, with Apple affectively throwing down the gauntlet to other smartphone manufacturers in this area.
Expect spec increases in other key departments as well, with a larger battery, more RAM and increased storage all anticipated. Apple may also particularly concentrate on the virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities of the iPhone 11 series, building on the Face ID system that was introduced last year.