Although the iPhone X continues to be Apple's most current smartphone, rumors are starting to emerge about which gadgets will replace it. 9. It is still unknown how many new devices will be released in 2018 and how they will be called, so we will stick to the name of the iPhone 9.
OLED Screens Again
According to The Investor, at least the next two iPhone devices will be equipped with OLED screens. In 2017, Apple ordered Samsung screens with a diagonal of 5.2, 5.8 and 6.5 inches. In September, it became known that Apple canceled the order for 5.2-inch screens.
The Wall Street Journal writes that Apple ordered 6-inch panels from Japan Display. This manufacturer produces Full Active LCD screens, which are cheaper than OLED, but in terms of functionality they are almost not inferior. An iPhone with a JDI screen can please the user with a deeper black color - in addition, it will be possible to work with this device with wet hands.
According to information from KGI Securities, the iPhone will be available with a 6.1-inch LCD screen. The resolution will be lower, but Face ID will remain. Nikkei confirms this data with reference to its source. It looks like a step back, but Apple probably has a reason for such a decision. So far, only OLED displays can be supplied on an industrial scale by Samsung, whose Galaxy smartphones are the main rivals of the iPhone. A return to the LCD in at least one iPhone model will support large volume shipments.
A recent report from KGI Securities reported that the device 6.1 inches will not support 3D Touch. This is a big minus, because users of the "apple" technology for many years managed to get used to the technology.
Apple previously viewed OLED shipments as a potential issue. LG has invested a lot in increasing OLED production, but Nikkei says this is not enough to meet Apple's needs. Switching to LCD will allow Apple to more easily cope with demand and not rely on a single supplier of screens.
Apparently, in 2018 Apple will discontinue the iPhone with a 4.7-inch screen. It is reported that the order of 5.2-inch screens has been canceled due to low market demand - the manufacturer will probably also refuse a batch of 4.7-inch products.
It is not yet known whether the 4-inch iPhone SE will survive. Due to its low price, it is in demand in developing countries - SE production has recently begun in India.
Design and housing
At least one of the iPhone 9 models will be made in a metal case , according to Nikkei Asian Review. The device with a 6.1-inch display is likely to be produced in different color options. KGI Securities also mentions that the body of this unit will be made of aluminum. Casetek, an iPad-based tablet manufacturer, could become a case supplier for the new iPhone. What two devices with OLED screens will be made of is not known.
TrueDepth camera will switch sides
The Mashable website says the new iPhone will do without TrueDepth 3D rear cameras. Based on the report of KGI Securities, which reports on the placement of TrueDepth in front.
It is also claimed that the iPhone with a 6.1-inch display will receive a single camera. It is unclear whether Apple intends to use machine learning to implement features such as portrait shooting, as in Google Pixel 2 smartphones , on which the camera can blur the background without an auxiliary lens.
Battery and wireless charging
All three models of 2018 will receive increased batteries - which is again indicated by KGI Securities and the MacRumors website. The devices with screens of 5.8 and 6.5 inches will work on batteries made in the form of the letter L - like the iPhone X. The budget model 6.1 inches will certainly be equipped with a traditional rectangular battery to reduce costs. iPhone 5.8 inches will receive a battery with a capacity of 2900-3000 mAh. If all devices will have the same characteristics, the increase in battery capacity can be about 10%.
iPhone X was the first “apple” device with an L-shaped battery, which allows efficient use of the space inside the case and helps increase the charging speed. Such batteries are manufactured by LG Chem.
In 2017, Apple first introduced wireless charging technology in the iPhone, although it has been available on Android smartphones for many years. At least two 2018 iPhone models will have a glass back, but a version with an LCD screen can get a more traditional metal case. In this case, wireless charging will not appear in it.
Rumors that Apple is working with Energous have been around since 2015. Energous has created a charging method that will power the iPhone 9 at a distance of 5 m. The appearance of such technology was expected back in 2017, but Energous did not have time to develop the right number of transmitters.
AppleInsider writes about Apple collaborating with LG Innotek to create flexible circuit boards. They are already used in some devices, like Samsung Galaxy. Flexible boards allow you to create smartphones with curved screens.
The next iPhone may receive support for the 5G communication standard with an increase in the speed of mobile Internet. Business Insider reports that Apple is in contact with the US Federal Communications Commission, seeking permission to begin testing a new millimeter wave wireless technology. It allows you to expand the bandwidth of existing cellular networks.
KGI predicts the use of mobile modems manufactured by Intel and Qualcomm. They will become much faster, but it is not yet known exactly how much. Instead of supporting 2 × 2 MIMO, 4 × 4 MIMO will appear.
It is also mentioned that Apple is working on its own modems, which will make it possible to reduce the cost of the iPhone and reduce the degree of dependence on Intel and Qualcomm.
In 2017, it was reported about the creation of a special version of the stylus for new iPhone devices. The Apple Pencil stylus appeared in the iPad Pro in 2015, but so far it has not become compatible with the iPhone. If this happens, the device will be a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 .
Price and Release Date
The iPhone X turned out to be a very expensive smartphone , so in 2018 Apple aims to reduce the cost of new devices. The 6.1-inch device can go on sale at prices ranging from $ 650 to $ 800 - information sources have different opinions about this.