2018 iPhone models – to come in a host of colors
According to Kuo, the future rumored 6.5-inch iPhone X device would come in black, white and gold. The less pricey 6.1-inch LCD version would be colorful and come in blue, red, orange as well as gray and white. The Cupertino, California-based company already has the Product (Red) version. However, it is not clear if the rumored 2018 red model is related with the campaign to help fight HIV/AIDS.
Even if the white and gray colors mentioned are the same as the currently available Silver and Space Gray, the 2018 iPhone models would be available in an additional four colors. If true, then this would be the only launch after the iPhone 5C with maximum color schemes.
Apple’s gold color 6.5-inch OLED might just be the revision of Apple’s initial plan for last year’s iPhone X. FCC leaked prototypes of the iPhone X also showed the phone being developed in gold color. However, the iPhone X never got the gold color, but this time Apple might bring the gold option for its upcoming OLED model.
Steve Hemmerstoffer, who runs Twitter account OnLeaks, claims that Apple is also working on the yellow and pink color. He added that the “black” color referred to by Kuo is most likely the Space Gray.
6.1-inch model to garner most sales
About the Face ID authentication, Kuo believes that Apple would extend the feature to all 2018 iPhone models. However, nothing concrete can be said about the in-display fingerprint sensor. Korean news site ET News and the Inventor also claims the same thing citing Apple’s Asian supplier.
Kuo states that the current version of the 5.8-inch iPhone X will get upgraded specifications and sell at a reduced price (possibly $100 less). According to Kuo, the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone models would see good demand, but the general market would be more inclined toward the more affordable 6.1-inch LCD phone, which would represent 55% of sales. In all, Kuo is expecting Apple to sell 70 million new iPhones during the fourth-quarter of 2018.
“The new 6.1″ LCD iPhone is expected to boost better-replacement demands than iPhone 8/8s did due to being equipped with full-screen, Face ID, selling price lower than $700 USD, DSDS and five possible casing colors (grey, white, blue, red, and orange),” the analyst said.
Other specs and features
As far as the name of the 2018 iPhone models are concerned, there is a divide. Some believe that Apple would bring the “S” back, while others say that after the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, it’s time for something like iPhone X2 or iPhone 11. What is almost certain is that there will be no iPhone 9.
Again, on the design front, there are lots of speculations and hunches with most speculating that the company might launch the flagships with a smaller bezel and thin dimension. Yet, there is an undying rumor that the company might stick with the standard iPhone design for an affordable iPhone variant.
Olixar, the company that makes cases for the iPhones, has shared three new covers giving strong hints about the size of the 2018 iPhone models. Another company, MobileFun has launched the dimensions of the screen protectors. MobileFun should not be taken lightly, considering its history with the iPhone predictions.
Going by these hints, it seems like Apple would keep the notch smaller to achieve a larger screen-to-body ratio. Olixar also displayed its separate case for the iPhone SE (seen by 9To5Mac). The upcoming iPhone SE might be the affordable version of the iPhone X, but with a smaller notch.
Rumors also have it that at least one of the 2018 iPhone models would have the dual-SIM option, dual standby capabilities. This iPhone model will reportedly have the embedded Apple SIM, as well as the traditional SIM card tray. Unlike the usual SIM, the Apple SIM card can’t be swapped at the owner’s will. For instance, the iPad Pro models have an embedded Apple SIM that is not user accessible.
Apple SIM – introduced in 2014 – was a step towards offering reliable and affordable cellular connectivity options for people who travel frequently between countries. Apple’s SIM was designed keeping in mind the travelers who had to swap carriers and use short-term data plans. To make traveling more convenient, Apple partnered with selected carriers in over 180 countries and regions across the world, allowing owners to freely opt for cheap internet plans during travel.