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Apple: A Supersized iPhone X next year?

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Apple is expected to release 3 new iPhones next year including a supersized iPhone X.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, above (featured image) is a mock-up of what next year’s iPhone lineup could look like. Kuo and his research team are well-known for accurately predicting details about upcoming Apple products, thanks to his connections in the Asian manufacturing industry.

Kuo predicted that Apple 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.

Two iPhones will be targeting the “high-end market”. They will include one phone with the same screen size and technology as the iPhone X and a supersized iPhone X model with a 6.5-inch screen and are expected to have edge-to-edge screens and Apple’s facial-recognition camera, Face ID, like the iPhone X.

The third one will be aimed at the “middle and low-end markets”. This could feature facial recognition instead of a fingerprint sensor and sport a 6.1-inch LCD screen at a lower resolution than the high-end OLED phones, among other differences in hardware and design specs.

Kuo now pegs next year as the supercycle because he expects Apple to release its new phones on time, as well as because of a larger range of price options with Face ID and a strong demand for the iPhone X through 2018.

He also expects Apple will ship 25 million to 27 million iPhone X units this quarter and increase by 35-45% in the first quarter of 2018.

Apple usually launches new iPhones in September, so lots of things could change before then. However, Apple executives have said they lock down new iPhone hardware designs in November.

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