This year’s iPhones could cost half the price of an iPhone X with a dual-SIM capacity.
April has brought us some juicy tidbits about Apple’s possible new products, from unreleased gold iPhone Xs to paid news subscriptions. This time around, we’re hearing about their soon-to-launch iPhones.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple is set to launch a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with a dual-SIM option. This is one of the two predicted 6.1-inch models mentioned in his investor note. The other 6.1-inch LCD phone is said to have a single SIM setup.
The previously mentioned phones is expected to be launched together with the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones. The former is believed to be a successor to the iPhone X and the latter, thought to be the iPhone X Plus.
The 6.1-inch LCD iPhones is believed to be priced very competitively, something that is entirely new to Apple. The single-sim version is expected to be priced at $550-$650 while the dual-SIM version would be pegged between $650-$750.
Despite its relatively low price compared to Apple’s usual products, the LCD iPhones are rumoured to come with the same specs as the iPhone X. This includes TrueDepth camera system to support Face ID, gesture controls and of course, edge-to-edge display (with the notch!).
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition phones come in a red glass enclosure, matching aluminum band and black front.
As reported earlier, Apple unveiled the latest addition to its lineup on Monday, April 26. The Cupertino-based company announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition through a blog post on their website.
All the features are identical to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus released last year except for the red finish.
Part of the revenue generated from sales of its (PRODUCT) RED devices and accessories is donated to help with counselling and treatment of people with HIV and AIDS. This is in partnership with partnership with RED, an advocacy group that raises awareness about AIDS/HIV in African countries.
The company didn’t announce a red version for the iPhone X. Apple’s most high end phone gets a red folio case instead. In the blog post, Apple described the folio as “crafted from specially tanned and finished European leather”.
Both the red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available to order online today, April 10 and will start shipping this Friday. Pricing remains the same with their different-coloured counterparts beginning at $699 for a 64GB iPhone 8 and $799 for an 8 Plus.
On another note, Apple’s archival Samsung also announced a new color for their flagship phone for India. The limited-edition burgundy red Galaxy S8 is available for orders on Friday, April 13.
Apple is reportedly planning to launch an iPhone with a curved screen and touchless gesture control in three years.
Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman reports that Apple is currently working on iPhones with “touchless gesture control” and curved screens. Apparently, the company is looking to distinguish themselves from the saturated smartphone market with these new features.
The touchless control is described as a hover-like gesture system and is controlled “by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.”
These touchless iPhones “would require gestures to be closer to the screen than with Project Soli” or Samsung’s Air Gestures. This is because the tech will be integrated in the display rather than using a motion sensor in the bezel.
The report also talks about an iPhone display that curves inward “gradually from top to bottom.” This is different from Samsung’s curved screen which bend on the sides of their phones.
To achieve this, Apple will reportedly be using OLED screens instead of LCD which they used in older iPhones. Currently, only the iPhone X uses OLED. The screen actually curves slightly at the bottom, almost imperceptible to the naked eye.
To facilitate with the demand for the OLED screen, Apple will be looking into getting LG as their supplier together with Samsung.
However, this project is not imminent and could take two to three years to complete. And according to people with knowledge of Apple’s plans, both features are still in the development stage. The company could still scrap these enhancements if they choose to.