Apple's 2018 iPhones get price points and 'specs highlights' tipped by respected analysts
If we choose to believe the latest speculative report released by market research firm TrendForce, the starting prices of Apple’s next-gen iPhones will range from $699 to $999.
The most affordable model is expected to come with a 6.1-inch LCD screen, Face ID support, dual SIM functionality, and the same 3GB RAM as the iPhone X. This unnamed “entry-level” variant is estimated to cost between $699 and $749 with 64GB storage, offering a maximum of 256 gigs of local digital hoarding room at an unspecified higher price.
Meanwhile, both the 5.8 and 6.5-inch AMOLED 2018 iPhone versions should pack 4 gigs of memory, as well as up to 512GB internal storage space, obviously also supporting 3D facial recognition only.
TrendForce’s analysts can’t decide whether the 5.8-incher will start at $899 or $949, with the jumbo-sized model described as “limited within US$1,000 threshold as to encourage purchasing from consumers.” So, no, the iPhone XS Plus (still an unconfirmed name) is not expected to break the psychological $999 barrier, although that unsurprisingly means the original X will “start its end of life process earlier due to the high similarity in the specs” of its follow-up efforts.
One very interesting nugget of purported inside information is an Apple Pencil “option” that may or may not be in the cards, while the dual SIM support of the 6.5-inch 2018 iPhone could be restricted to “certain regions” only.
Despite LCD assembly reportedly eyeing a mid-September start, “all three models are expected to be shipped in September and October as previously scheduled”, according to TrendForce’s sources. But of course, nothing’s set in stone yet.