2018 LCD iPhone may not use Apple A12 chip after all; older processor likely

2018 LCD iPhone may not use Apple A12 chip after all; older processor likely

During the week starting September 10, Apple is expected to unveil its new fall hardware lineup that could consist of a new Apple Watch, new iPad Pro models, and three new iPhones. Powering the latter devices was presumed to be the company’s new A12 chip that is currently being manufactured. However, thanks to newly-uncovered code, it appears this may not be entirely the case.

While the premium 2018 iPhone X and iPhone X Plus are still expected to ship with the brand-new A12 processor, the cheaper LCD model may not follow suit. Referenced as “iPhone xx,” “iPhone 9.7,” and with the model number “N84” within the code, it appears the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone will skip the next-generation processor in favor of the Apple A10 Fusion chip which can currently be found inside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Unlike these two devices, however, the code does confirm that Apple’s next budget offering will make use of an all-screen design.

Elsewhere on the spec sheet, recent information has suggested that the model, which may simply be called iPhone (2018), will ship with 3GB of RAM, much like the iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike this smartphone, however, the new device is only expected to feature a single rear camera. Also, TouchID is set to be replaced by the newer FaceID, with the sensors required for this once again being hidden within the notch.

With just under a month to go before the expected event date, it should only be a matter of weeks before Apple sends out the official invites. In the meantime, though, the company is continuing to stay as tight-lipped as ever.

source: Hi-tech (translated) via: GSMArena

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51 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

A10 for a $700 phone in 2018?? No way! I get how powerful the SoC is. But for that price, an older processor is just unacceptable.... Not even the A11 would suffice.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

There has been no real confirmation on pricing for the inexpensive model as rumors are all over the place. I’ve seen between $500-$700. It would appear if this is the case with the processor being the A10 that they would price it at $500. When they sold the iPhone SE at $400 it was found to be very popular and sold a lot. And with Apples recent push into India, they would need a lower cost device to become really popular in that country. Hence, again, why I would think $500-$600 model would make sense.

8. Taphius

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Yeah an A10 at 500 or less would be a good deal imo, as long as they dont skimp on the camera, I'd see it being the top seller for the product year. I know i'd buy one to play around with since I skipped the X

11. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Why do you care if it's a top seller?

25. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Where did I say that I cared whether it’s a top seller? I just pointed out simple facts.

12. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

No way it's below 700. They know this one will have better sales than the other two. Main reason there is no midrange iphone to go against A8, XA2, Z3Play, Zen5, Mi A2 That is how than can make more money.

14. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

If it's $700 with an A10, then it definitely will not sell well. Remember it also has a lower resolution full HD+ display. Sure it's a bigger display at 6.1 inches, but you find budget and mid range devices with Full HD+ resolutions as well. Plus a lot of leaks have already shown that this 6.1" iPhone only has a single camera. At $700, that is way overpriced. Humanoid you listed a number of midrange Android smartphones, yet all of the are well below $700. You clearly don't know the meaning of mid range, because the pricing has to match.

18. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Yes it will. The price alone is the selling point. Its basically a full screened iPhone 7. If the LED models are starting at $999, then Apple isn't gonna have too huge of a gap in price. Its gonna have to be as close to $800 as possible. I am better $750-$799 at the lowest and as much as $850 at the highest.

36. luis.aag90

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

It will sell for sure even if it's being powered by the A10 and sold at $700. Most smartphone customers don't even know what SoC their phones are powered by. Also, Apple customers will believe this is going to be good value for their money because they'll get Face ID, a bigger screen and iPhone X inspireddesign for hundreds less. Considering the iPhone 8 has been the bestseller from the current generation, retails from $700 and comes with outdated 750p display, 4 yr old design and single rear camera, I wouldn't been surprised this one retains such title this year.

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Its not gonna be $500, that's for sure. And considering Apple usual pricing on retail vs what it cost to make, the device will surely be 2.5x's the cost to make. $750-$799 will surely be the price point.

23. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

If it has an A11 then yes, maybe. But with an A10, single camera. It will be interesting to see how much ram they use. But $750 is a ridiculous starting price for older tech inside. If it does sell well at that price, then it's really true. A sucker is born every minute.

29. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You are blinded by this tech world, do you seriously think masses care what chip or how much ram their devices have? No, only thing what they care is, does it work fast and smooth, and knowing Apple devices it will, that's the only thing what matters.

2. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Makes since. Apple's about mo money, mo money, mo money. Cut costs, charge more. :-)

39. xinrui

Posts: 9; Member since: May 30, 2017

Yeah, it makes since for me too..

3. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

The regular guy on the street will not know the difference. They will just see the new iphone and buy it.

4. mr.joosue

Posts: 65; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

that's really sad

5. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Only Apple could get away with such. If this was Samsung, OMG, the floodgates of hate would be wide open. Too bad apple fans are not smart enough to notice and won't even care.

10. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

But Apple fans are smart enough to notice that you're TechSceptic.

16. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Actually I'm not. But if it makes you feel better to assume I am someone you think you know, then just remember assume means you make an @SS out of u and not me. I'm not or have I ever been TechSceptic. Put a shirt on, its an ugly photo.

32. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

My goodness when Kiko exposed you as Techie you replied with same words. Techie->TechSceptic->strategic_developer Even Pikachu can't evolve that many times.

19. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

That was good one :D

13. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Lets see if this will be a CON when review is out

17. whatev

Posts: 2428; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The A10 was ahead of its time and it’s still very capable look how the iPhone 7 can still outperform the latest android “flagships” in some tasks (and I’m not talking about benchmarks), few months ago I read an article in another tech site (not apple related) about how the latest android chips can’t still outperform the A10 in raw performance. Natediaz is right, it’s so obvious that you’re TechSceptic, it’s so tragic *smh

21. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Exactly, TechSceptic wouldn't just leave this site after all the time and suddenly sametime there's new guy writing exactly same stuff than him.

42. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Only in single core CPU performance Last years Android SoCs beat it easily in multi core CPU and Qualcomm has lead GPU since the 820 (Samsung is about on par with Apple in GPU, Huawei are behind)

43. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

And single core performance is what means most in use.

47. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nope That's multi core CPU performance Hence why older iPhones tend to age worse than older Android, as they have historically had lower multi core CPU performance (and less RAM)

52. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You are so wrong, single core performance is which matter most, that's why iPhones with dual core can keep up and beat octa core Android phones. older iPhones tend to age worse? :D And that's why iPhone 5s is getting iOS12, right?..

54. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Androids use octa cores for efficiency That why Android phones batteries don't degrade so quickly like iPhone Yep, my old Nexus 5 performs better than my work iPhone SE Hopefully iOS 12 closes that gap

44. Marcwand3l

Posts: 461; Member since: May 08, 2017

The A10 is clearly inferior in comparison to current mid-range Android SOCs like Snapdragon 710 or 730 in raw performance an most importantly in overall efficiently. For example the Snadragon 710 is equal to the S835 in singlecore performance and only 10% slower in multicore while providing better sustained performance(less throttling) and much better efficiency(around 30%). That's quite a nice evolution. A 2018 iphone that runs with the A10 competes in performance with midrange Android phones cost 250-350$.

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