Apple will launch three new iPhones in 2018, which will feature full screen displays, according renowned KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo has an excellent reputation for correctly predicting Apple’s upcoming products and said: “We predict Apple (US) will launch three new iPhone models in 2H18: 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED models and a 6.1-inch TFT-LCD model, all equipped with a full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera (front 3D sensing), as with iPhone X.”
He went on to explain that Apple will be targeting the “high-end market” with two of the devices with the third device aiming at the middle and low-end markets.
The more upmarket devices are predicted to have edge-to-edge screens along with Face ID like the iPhone X. They will have 6.5-inch screens with the lower-end model having a 6.1-inch screen that will have a lower resolution that the OLED version.
Kuo said the new models will drive a “real super-cycle in terms of iPhone replacement demand,” and is predicting that 100-120 million iPhones will be assembled in the latter part of 2018.
He also expects Apple to ship in the region of 25 million iPhone X units in the final quarter of 2017 with this expected to increase by 35-45% in the opening quarter of 2018.
Analysts previously predicted that this year’s high-end iPhone X would drive a “supercycle” of sales, but a seemingly short supply has caused some researchers to delay their supercycle forecasts to 2018 or later.
All this is positive news for owners of Apple shares and those of their main suppliers – all of which are expected to rise in value in 2018.
The new iPhones are usually released in September although they “lock down” new iPhone hardware designs in November.