KGI analyst says Apple will offer two iPhone models with an OLED screen in 2018

KGI analyst says Apple will offer two iPhone models with an OLED screen in 2018
This year, the Apple iPhone X was the first iPhone ever to use an OLED screen instead of the usual LCD display. Now, KGI Securities well respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is   forecasting that two 2018 iPhone units will feature an OLED panel. One, he believes, will be the sequel to the iPhone X while the other could be a "Plus" variant of that phone. There were rumors about Apple prepping a handset with a 6-inch screen for this year, but that never appeared. As it turns out, we might see a 6-inch iPhone XI Plus next year.

Next year, Kuo sees Apple making the stainless steel band on its premium phone out of more than the four parts it used for the iPhone X. This could improve data transmission on the device as well as enhance its design. While he sees upgrades to the specs of the 2018 premium model(s), he does not see Apple using a rear-facing version of the TrueDepth Camera in 2018. The analyst does expect a front-facing TrueDepth Camera on each iPhone manufactured next year. That means that they will each be equipped with Face ID and the Animoji animation. Face ID should also show up on 2018 Apple iPad Pro tablets.

Betting against Ming-Chi Kuo is usually not smart. The analyst is so plugged into Apple that by last February, he had the size of the screen on the iPhone X, knew about the TrueDepth Camera (which he called revolutionary) and had told his clients that a facial recognition system would replace Touch ID on the tenth anniversary model.

source: 9to5Mac




Posts: 945; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Come on Apple be the first with a $2000 phone. iPhone X Plus!

12. Peacetoall unregistered

Think big why not price it 3000$ im sure flocks of sheep will get it in line to buy it

8. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Conservative guess is 8S Plus and X...XS? If they keep the current resolution of the 8 for the 8S, it would look crappy in PenTile OLED.

28. Xilam unregistered

That is a great point. iPhone ipx pixel arrangement puts it as sharp as higher oiled resolutions. It will need a bump in resolution to be as sharp as it was with ipx screens. This is why no one sees the difference between higher resolution on android and the ones on iPhone. Thanks for knowing this fact. The rest are just ignorant.

32. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

And because of PenTile, it wasn't until the Galaxy S4 that Samsung displays looked as sharp as Retina, and then until the Note 4/GS6 that color accuracy was comparable as well. Since then, Super AMOLED has been the best in the biz.

36. sgodsell

Posts: 7567; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You are the ignorant one, the iPhone X is 458 ppi, and the iPhone 8 plus is 401 ppi. So the iPhone X is below the current Android flagships, which all above 540 ppi with their OLED displays. Besides if you want to do VR or MR, then you need the higher resolution displays. But sheeple like you say things like that because Apple doesn't support VR/MR themselves. Why, because they know the resolution on all the iPhones has been total crap. If you want a bad VR/MR experience, then try it out on an iPhone. The other thing to remember is the refresh rate on Apples IPS LCD displays are too slow compared to the refresh rates of OLED displays. Not to mention Apples IPS LCD displays don't support HDR or Dolby vision.

39. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Jesus Christ, do you even READ what you're replying to?

40. Xilam unregistered

Sgodsell, Apple upped the resolution on the X exactlyforbthe same reason I explained - OLed uses pentile arrangement and would not look as sharp. If iPhone X is as sharp as predecessors - that’s perfect. Anything else is a dick pissing contest. No one absolutely no one cares if iPhones are below android in resolution - ask anyone on the street. My iPhone 5s was sharp and so is my iPad 9.7 2017. Zero complaints about sharpness. The only reason you and your buddies complain is because 1: like you give a s**t what iPhone has, and 2: its one metric you have thats bigger for no needed reson at all.

42. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That said, I was surprised Apple kept to the precise 326 ppi Retina pixel density when the iPhone 6 came out. I thought they would at least use a standard resolution like WXGA which would have been 330 ppi. Instead they picked the weird 750x1334 that nobody in the industry used. It was as if increasing Retina pixel density even a little was somehow admitting 326 ppi was not the best.

9. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

As long as they get rid of the notch, I'll get it. If not, I'll pass on it once again lol.

10. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Apple's new upcoming-model iPhone Detective-TV series in 2018: Side-Key and Notch.

11. UKGUY3

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 12, 2017

Not quite sure about "the notch"? It just creates a virtual bezel in actual use, from what I've seen in use.

17. blackwildboar84

Posts: 14; Member since: May 13, 2017

not enough material soon so all those bad surgical knives will end up in the next apple?

38. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2274; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I would love Apple to provide a 6.4"-6.5" iPhone next year. Yes the price will start at $1149 with it topped out at $1299.... So expect this for Apple next year and their margins and profit to accelerate like crazy.... iPhone X = $899 64GB (offer in only 64GB model)...No 256GB iPhone XI = $999 128GB/ $1149 512GB iPhone XI Plus = $1149 128GB/ $1299 512GB Expect to pay at least $47.86/mo and $54.13/mo for the XI Plus on a 24 month device payment plan...

43. gamehead unregistered

idk what screen is on the phone. get rid of that notch

44. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

If they make a beefed up X plus ppl will be all over it

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