Apple will launch three new iPhone fashions in 2018, the KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a notice distributed to purchasers on Monday and seen by Enterprise Insider.
Kuo and his analysis staff are well-known for precisely predicting particulars about upcoming Apple merchandise, because of his connections within the Asian manufacturing trade.
“We predict Apple (US) will launch three new iPhone fashions in 2H18: 6.5-inch and 5.Eight-inch OLED fashions and a 6.1-inch TFT-LCD mannequin, all outfitted with a full-screen design and TrueDepth Digital camera (entrance 3D sensing), as with iPhone X,” Kuo wrote in Monday\’s notice.
Apple is making ready two iPhones concentrating on the “high-end market,” Kuo says. The third mannequin will probably be aimed at the center and low-end markets, and Kuo predicts a price ticket of between $649 and $749.
The high-end iPhones will embody one cellphone with the identical display screen dimension and know-how because of the iPhone X and a supersized iPhone X mannequin with a 6.5-inch display screen. The iPhone X begins at $999.
The high-end telephones are anticipated to have edge-to-edge screens and Apple\’s facial-recognition digicam, Face ID, just like the iPhone X. The low-end iPhone may function facial recognition as an alternative to a fingerprint sensor and sport a 6.1-inch LCD display screen at a decrease decision than the high-end OLED telephones, amongst different variations in and design specs.
An ‘actual super-cycle’
The three fashions will drive an “actual super-cycle by way of iPhone substitute demand,” the analyst wrote, predicting 100 million to 120 million iPhones assembled within the second half of 2018.
Kuo now pegs subsequent 12 months because the supercycle as a result of he expects Apple to launch its new telephones on time, in addition to due to a bigger variety of worth choices with Face ID and a powerful demand for the iPhone X by way of 2018.
He additionally expects Apple will ship 25 million to 27 million iPhone X models this quarter and enhance by 35-45% within the first quarter of 2018.
Analysts beforehand predicted that this 12 months\’s high-end iPhone X would drive a “supercycle” of gross sales, however, a seemingly brief provide has brought on some researchers to delay their supercycle forecasts to 2018 or later.
Kuo says he views Apple\’s shares and its key suppliers positively in 2018.
Apple often launches new iPhones in September, so numerous issues may change earlier than then. Nonetheless, Apple executives have mentioned they lock down new iPhone designs in November.
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