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Apple's first 6.1-inch iPhone won't feature 3D Touch, according to famous analyst

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Apple's first 6.1-inch iPhone won't feature 3D Touch, according to famous analyst

Having launched three different iPhone models in 2017 (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X), Apple is reportedly planning to introduce at least four new handsets this year. Rumors have it that, throughout 2018, Apple intends to release a new iPhone SE, a 5.8-inch successor to the iPhone X, a 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Plus, and a 6.1-inch iPhone.

 

According to MacRumors and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (famous for often being right when it comes to Apple's future plans), the 6.1-inch iPhone might account for half of the 2018 iPhone lineup's shipments. Reportedly, the 6.1-inch iPhone won't be as expensive as the new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch devices, possibly costing around $700 - $800 (while the other two models could be sold for prices starting at around $1,000).

 

Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the 6.1-inch iPhone will be a mid-range handset featuring a single rear camera. Unlike the upcoming 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones - which, similar to the current iPhone X, are expected to sport OLED screens - the 6.1-inch model should pack an LCD display. Kuo further notes that the 6.1-inch iPhone won't have 3D Touch (the technology that allows users to perform various tasks by applying different levels of pressure to a touchscreen).

 

3D Touch has been included on all Apple handsets since September 2015 (when the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were launched), with the exception of the affordable iPhone SE. It remains to be seen if the feature will be omitted from both the 6.1-inch iPhone, and the 2018 edition of the iPhone SE.

 

Another difference between the 6.1-inch iPhone and the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch models will be related to build materials. Allegedly, the mid-range phone will have an aluminum frame (like the iPhone 8 series), while the other two handsets should use stainless steel frames, just like the iPhone X.  

 

For now, it's unclear what final names Apple's 2018 iPhones will have. In any case, the company's new iPhone SE is expected to be unveiled before the first half of the year ends, while the larger models should be announced and released in September or October.

 

sources: KGI, MacRumors

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