New Leak Suggests iPhone 11 Cost Might Be Lower Than iPhone X

iOS 11.3 Beta brings back 'iBooks' App

As Apple is rumored to employ all of its three iPhones in 2018 with FaceID, DiGiTimes reports that both upstream and downstream component suppliers are ready to answer Cupertino's expected demand for FaceID sensors.

Analysts John Donovan and Steve Mullane of the boutique BlueFin Research Partners this morning report that they are cutting numbers again for the iPhone, in particular the iPhone X, after chopping their numbers back in February.

That possibility may have caused Apple to launch two LCD iPhones and one OLED iPhone only this year. This shows that there's room for Apple to improve - and, frankly, improve dramatically - on this relatively annoying aspect of the iPhone X in future models.

Apple has slashed the production cost of its new "affordable" 5.85-inch OLED iPhone X, with an initial manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) significantly lower than its current flagship model. It is supposed to be an upgrade to the existing iPhone X. The most interesting fact about this device is that Apple has made a decision to keep its initial manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) much lower than that of iPhone X. A 6.1-inch iPhone featuring an LCD screen that has an iPhone X-like design is also reportedly in the works.

Apple is rumored to be kicking off trial production of its three anticipated 2018 iPhone models in late Q2 2018, a bit earlier than previous year.


The iPhone X Plus and iPhone X successor will both feature an OLED panel, with the larger model sporting a massive 6.5-inch screen.

Apple Inc is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes, people familiar with the situation said. This could also result in the increase in prices as Apple has finalised an agreement with Samsung Display "with satisfactory terms".

One of the issues with the current iPhone X display - a flaw that's inherent to the iPhone X's display type - is that when the screen is viewed off-axis, there is a dramatic color shift. It is unlikely that the technology will reach an iPhone for at least three to five years as MicroLED screens are more hard to produce than the current displays, Bloomberg said.

Lin also believes the 5.85-inch OLED iPhone may be the cheapest of the three new devices. That may not seem like a lot, but when you multiply it over the millions of phones that Apple will likely ship in this upcoming fall season, the iPhone 11 cost savings will be significant. The company has apparently been working to bring MicroLED to the Apple Watch with these rumors pointing to as soon as this year. While the display on the iPhone X is extremely color accurate, it's still not quite ideal.

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