Apple is planning two OLED iPhones for next year: Ming-Chi Kuo

By Karthekayan Iyer | Published on 08 Nov 2017
  • Kuo believes Apple will have two iPhone X variants with OLED displays and redesigned stainless steel casing. The new model with the OLED display could be the 'Plus' variant of iPhone X.

Apple is planning two OLED iPhones for next year: Ming-Chi Kuo
Apple is planning two OLED iPhones for next year: Ming-Chi Kuo

Apple is reportedly planning to launch two iPhone X models next year. KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple plans to offer two iPhones with OLED displays and stainless steel casing next year. The mention of two iPhones with OLED displays for 2018 was found in Kuo's new investor-focused report.

In the new report seen by 9to5Mac, Kuo says that Apple will bring changes to the stainless steel casing of the iPhone X to improve data transmission quality. KGI notes that iPhone X uses four parts for its stainless steel band casing and next year's model may use even more parts. This might bring visual changes to the design but it is not clear what Kuo means when he refers to improved data transmission.

Apple's current flagship iPhone lineup includes iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with LCD displays and iPhone X with OLED display. Kuo further adds that the second OLED model for next year could be the Plus variant of the iPhone X.

Kuo had earlier predicted that all 2018 iPhone models will get TrueDepth camera and Face ID depending on iPhone X response. With Face ID found to be as effective as Touch ID, Kuo predicts that Apple will bring upgrades to the TrueDepth camera system and it will also be available on next year's iPad Pros.

Apple started selling iPhone X in select markets just last week and it is available in limited quantities in most markets. It is too early to predict Apple's plans for next year but most tech enthusiasts will be watching whether Apple continues to sell iPhones with big bezels like iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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