Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from TF International Securities has shared a bunch of details regarding the Cupertino tech giant’s product plans for 2018-19 in his latest research note, including Face ID iPads, larger display Apple Watches, and triple-lens rear cameras in 2019 iPhones.
Below are some highlights from Kuo’s research note obtained by the folks over at MacRumors:
According to Kuo, Apple will release new iPad models with Face ID later this year, as well as a new lower-price MacBook Air and new Apple Watch models equipped with larger displays. He also expects Apple to release at least three new iPhone models in 2018. i.e. a second-generation iPhone X, a larger 6.5″ version referred to as the “iPhone X Plus”, and a 6.1″ budget version of iPhone X.
The analyst believes the 6.1-inch iPhone could become available in stores as early as September this year, and will be competitively priced between $600 to $700 in the US.
Kuo believes 2019 iPhones will have “marked innovations,” but notes it could take until September or October of this year at the earliest until the exact designs and features become clearer.
Nevertheless, among new iPhones introduced in 2019, Kuo expects shipments of LCD-based models to outpace models with OLED displays. He also notes that, if any 2019 iPhones have triple-lens rear cameras, it would unsurprisingly benefit camera-related companies in Apple’s supply chain.
Kuo also noted that Apple continues to lead the consumer electronics sector, and has surpassed its competitors by a wide margin in terms of innovative user experience and ecosystem development.