In order to compete with more budget-friendly smartphones on the market, Apple will reportedly also introduce a cheaper iPhone later this year. Bloomberg reports that it's the largest iPhone ever which Apple is now working on to give a stiff competition to the likes of what Samsung loyalists have seen with the Galaxy Note 8.
The first image, which can be seen above, supposedly shows the display digitizer from Apple's upcoming 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus.
An iPhone X successor and a cheaper LCD-touting iPhone with an edge-to-edge screen is going to be unveiled alongside the mega phablet flagship, offering the same A12 SoC, which is expected to be manufactured exclusively by TSMC.
Many believe the iPhone X's wallet-busting price tag contributed to its lackluster sales. At least some prototypes of the device feature a screen resolution of 1242×2688, according to a person familiar with its development. When Apple jumped from 4-inch iPhone to 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models in 2014, the company saw an unprecedented super cycle where most existing customers rushed to Apple store to upgrade.
Apple, the report says, will also release an upgrade to the current iPhone X. A dual-SIM capability would provide a compromise.
People familiar with the matter said the company is now engaged in production tests with iPhone suppliers, and the new models will reach the market this fall. Apple is also reported to working on a Gold colour option for the expensive models and it might also bring a dual-SIM variant to select markets as well. Speaking SIM, eSIM technology is also another possibility but it might not go through due to some carriers not supporting the idea. The new, affordable devices will feature the edge-to-edge screen seen on the iPhone X in order to give the device a more modern feel.
On the other hand, there are already numerous phones out there that are borrowing Apple's iPhone X notch design, and it's entirely possible that this display part could just be for the latest clone. Apple previously congregated all the OLED panels from Samsung but later made a decision to incorporate all the display panels from LG in all the future versions of Apple smartphones. This design will allegedly work because of the edge-to-edge design being used.