Apple will launch a single OLED iPhone this year with a 6.5-inch screen, reads a new report, despite earlier speculation that it was also planning a 5.8-inch successor to the iPhone X.
A new report from DigiTimes analyst Luke Lin claims that Apple plans to abandon the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone form factor after just one generation, and plans instead to launch just one OLED model, the one 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, later this year.
The report does note, however, that Apple has “not yet made the final decision” and notes that the firm has been testing four different iPhone designs for 2018. Still, it seems pretty confident that Apple’s 2018 lineup will comprise of 5.8-inch and 6.1-inch LCD models and the 6.5-inch OLED models.
DigiTimes now says that there are four iPhone X successors in development, “a 5.7- to 5.8-inch LCD device; a 6.0- to 6.1-inch LCD device; a 6.0- to 6.1-inch OLED device; and a 6.4- to 6.5-inch OLED device.” This isn’t very surprising considering that Apple is working on a bunch of prototypes before choosing the final designs, but the notion of only one OLED iPhone for 2018 is hard to believe.
“Apple originally intended to push the two OLED iPhones and the 6.0- to 6.1-inch LCD iPhone,” reads the report, “but has recently started leaning toward the combination of the two LCD models plus the 6.4- to 6.5-inch OLED iPhone, abandoning the 6.0- to 6.1-inch OLED model.”
It is important to take this report with a grain of salt, as it would be quite odd for Apple to abandon the 5.8-inch OLED form factor in one generation, making it hard to give DigiTimes much credibility on this notion.