In his latest investor note, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has laid down his predictions for the upcoming iPhones from Apple. The analyst believes Apple will be launching three new iPhones this year, including one with a 5.2-inch screen size featuring an all new design and an OLED display.
The usable screen area of the display will be around 5.2-inches, though the actual display will be around 5.8-inches tall. This is because the bottom part of the display will be reserved as a Function Area with an on-screen Home button.
While there have been reports of Apple integrating the fingerprint scanner in the display of the iPhone 8, Kuo does not believe that to be the case. The handset, however, will come with 3D facial recognition technology.
In addition, there will be two other iPhone variants featuring 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD displays and a design similar to the existing iPhones.
The OLED iPhone 8 will be the highlight of Apple’s iPhone lineup this year. It will feature the highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone ever in the market thanks to its “notch display” design. Apple will also be tuning the speaker output of the handset to create a better stereo effect.
The three iPhone variants will be similar to each other in other aspects. They will all feature a Lightning port, though there will also be an embedded USB-C IC for faster charging times. The three models will only be available in 64GB and 256GB storage variants, and while the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone will feature 2GB RAM, the other two models will come with 3GB RAM. This is due to the larger variants featuring a dual-camera setup at the rear.
Finally, the analyst expects Apple to ramp up production of the LCD iPhone from August-September, while the OLED iPhone’s production will start being ramped up from October-November. This is likely due to the complexity involved in producing certain components used inside the iPhone 8. Due to this, Kuo believes Apple might just unveil the three iPhones in September, but the OLED iPhone 8 will go on sale at a later date than its LCD siblings. The handset will also be in tight supply for the first few weeks, with supply only expected to catch up with the demand in H1, 2018.
Interestingly, Kuo claims of Apple not using an embedded fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 8 contradicts other recent reports. While early reports claimed the in-display fingerprint scanner would not be ready in time, recent leaks suggested that Apple’s suppliers had solved all yield issues. If Apple does not go with an embedded fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 8, it remains to be seen if the company will place the Touch ID scanner at the rear of the device.
[Via Street Insider]