Rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to Feature 18:9 2160x1080 Display Panel?

That was down significantly from the 72% share the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for in 2016 when they hit store shelves.

Well, who saw this coming?

According to noted analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, Apple will instead focus on launching two new iPhones with a similar design – one featuring a 6.5-inch OLED display, and other featuring 6.1-inch LCD display.

Kuo also speculates that the company may halt the manufacture of the iPhone X in order for the company to introduce newer models at their annual keynote presentation in September. As further differentiators from the iPhone 9, each model would include dual rear cameras, 3D Touch, and 4GB of DRAM.

"The third iPhone has been said to sport a 6.1" LCD display, and it's expected to become Apple's entry-level model of 2018, starting at $700 to $800.

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If the rumor mill is something to be taken seriously at this stage, it would be beneficial to note that Apple will launch a 6.1-inch iPhone in 2018. Though Apple has, unsurprisingly, not made any comment on its roadmap for iPhone launches this year, the Cupertino firm is widely expected to offer three new models, all more akin to the iPhone X than the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.

According to Canalys, the sales surge was driven by upgrade demand in regions where Apple's base is large and customers can finance the device's base price of $999 over many months. The screen will be a lower-resolution TFT LCD panel, though still with the minimal bezels of its more expensive OLED counterparts (and the distinctive notch at the top). That was enough for the iPhone X to top the iPhone 8 Plus, which accounted for 17% of total iPhone sales during the period, but well behind the iPhone 8, which tallied 20% of sales.

The report also notes that the 6.1-inch iPhone will be sporting an 18:9 aspect ratio. Facing calls for bifurcation of the iPhone lineup into premium and budget versions back in 2013, Apple opted to discontinue the iPhone 5, using its innards for a cheaper iPhone 5C, and its shell (with a new gold color) for a sequel.

According to Canalys, the iPhone X adoption was driven by upgrade demand in operator-centric markets like the USA where Apple has larger install base compared to other smartphone makers.

If this turns out to be the case, and we're sceptical given the 3D Touch prediction, the 6.1-inch iPhone will be the least inspiring offering.

  • Delia Davidson