Just over a month after the announcement of the new iPhones and after dozens of rumors, it is possible to have an idea of what to expect from the gadget Apple’s flagship for this year. In this momentum, the Chinese marketing research firm TrendForce released some new information about these devices and ratified others.
According to the company’s report and as previously discussed, all three models (one with 5.8 ″ and the other with 6.5 ″, both with OLED displays; and an intermediate version, with 6.1 ″ and LCD display ) must have Face ID. The novelty may be due to support for Apple Pencil, but TrendForce did not specify which model would count on this – my bet is that the likely candidates are devices with OLED displays.
Regarding prices, the firm believes that Apple should adjust its sales strategy, influenced by Chinese brands that have grown surprisingly in the last year with products that offer high performance at affordable prices. In this sense, and also to maintain its profitability, Apple is negotiating with its suppliers to reduce the cost of some components both for the probable intermediate model of the new 6.1 ″ iPhone and for products used in previous generations. gadget.
In the meantime, the 6.1 ″ model can count, in addition to Face ID technology, with the function dual-YES (two chips), although the firm does not mention two different versions of this model – one with and one without – she stressed that this feature will be exclusive for some regions. Due to processor and memory upgrades, the cost of this model would be close to that of the iPhone 8 Plus, however, Apple will have to adjust prices to meet market expectations. TrendForce estimated the starting price of this version at around $ 700 and $ 750.
Regarding the two models with OLED screen, both should have 4GB of RAM and storage options for 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. In addition to the size of the display, the difference would naturally be due to the price: the 5.8 ″ model, despite being the successor to the iPhone X, may come out even cheaper than the current one flagship from Apple, costing between $ 900 and $ 950, according to TrendForce forecasts. With the launch of this model, the iPhone X will be able to start its “end of life” process sooner, due to the high similarity in the specifications of this new device.
Finally, the 6.5 ″ model may have the business segment as its target audience, since the larger screen and function dual-YES are characteristics well liked by this market. According to TrendForce’s forecast, in order to encourage the purchase of this model, the starting price of the 6.5 ″ version will likely be the same as the current iPhone X, $ 1,000.
TrendForce announced that the two OLED models have been assembled since the end of July, while assembly of the LCD model is scheduled to start in mid-September, which could indicate a possible delay in the start of sales of the 6.1 ″ model. . Still, the firm pointed out that Apple is expected to launch the trio of new iPhones together in September or October.