It hasn’t even been a week since the iPhone X hit the shelves and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most accurate voices on Apple’s future products, has already shared his predictions for the next iPhone(s).
Kuo believes that Apple will launch two new iPhone 9 handsets in 2018. Both should feature the same stainless steel frame as the iPhone X, but the company is thought to have made some minor changes to the structure to improve data transmission.
As it stands, Apple’s flagship iPhone lineup consists of three devices: the LCD iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and the OLED iPhone X. Kuo suspects that the firm will launch two new OLED iPhone-branded smartphones next year.
Seeing as the iPhone X was intended to pave the way for all future iPhones, it’s unlikely we’re looking at S-line variants of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – so could Apple be working on a Plus and S model of the iPhone X? It’s possible.
It’s more likely, however, that the Cupertino company is developing a new line to bridge the gap between the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X (think: iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Plus), and improve on the shortcomings of its first OLED handset.
If that turns out to be the case, we can expect to see the so-called iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Plus replace the iPhone X in the firm’s lineup, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus could continue to exist as more affordable alternatives.
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