Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with a long note about the company’s 2018 and 2019 roadmap. We’ve heard a lot of these rumors before, but there are a few fresh pieces of information.
For instance, Kuo had previously predicted a $700 to $800 starting price for the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone X. He’s now lowered the range to $600 (Rs 41210) to $700 (Rs 48080). This is roughly equal to how much the iPhone 8 costs. It’s great news for anyone who doesn’t want to spend more than they’re used to on an iPhone, while still getting an all-screen notch design and Face ID.
Budget LCD iPhone X Features
The drawback here is that the 6.1-inch iPhone is swapping OLED for LCD, ditching 3D Touch, and carrying a single camera. Kuo says that mass production is more difficult for this model because of its new look. Manufacturing will probably begin later in the year, but the device is still set to be ready in time for Apple’s September launch and release.
Apple might just carry over the LCD iPhone to 2019 as well. This will likely depend on its popularity though. Some say the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus will be the most popular variant. The 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X sequel rounds off the list for 2018.
As for Apple’s other products, Kuo still thinks Apple is going to launch a cheaper MacBook Air, iPad Pros with Face ID, and the next-gen Apple Watch with a bigger display. It’s unclear when any of these are coming out. The wearable might just emerge alongside the 2018 iPhones since the brand has done this in the past.
Kuo goes on to discuss the impact of a trade war between China and the US. He believes that Apple almost certainly will not be directly affected. He’s more concerned about the firm’s brand getting hurt in China over anti-US sentiment.