The release of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X came in September of 2017 but with no iPhone 9 yet it’s difficult to second-guess Apple for 2018. Will it be an iPhone 9, iPhone X Plus or will they go straight to an iPhone 11?
The demand for iPhone X was much less than what Apple estimated. Some complainedabout the steep price of $999 and up, the removal of the home button on the screen and the phone’s penchant to lock up. According to Forbes, the iPhone X has a tendency to butt dial 911 emergency services. The face recognition tool, Face ID, has become problematic as well with issues for people who have similar features and those with Asian features. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will discontinue the iPhone X after the introduction of the 2018 phones as it would “hurt product brand value & lineup of 2018 new models if it continues to sell at a lower price…” while Apple CEO Tim Cook claims the iPhone X has a 99% customer satisfaction rate but no supportive data was offered.
In all probability, it is safe to believe Apple will fix these issues before the new iPhone is released. It is believed the all-glass back giving the phone the ability to charge wirelessly will be continued. The OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) screen should still be offered perhaps even larger than the iPhone X’s 5.8-inch display. As it stands now, the OLED screens are more costly which may cause Apple to go back to an LCD display on their economical models. The lower priced models may also forego the glass back in favor of a stainless steel or other metal back.
The A11 Bionic Chip may be improved upon and with any luck battery life will be extended. The remarkable twelve-megapixel dual-lens camera on the iPhone X may be included – especially if Apple continues the Face ID technology.
Apple may decide to do a twin launch of a new top of the line model and an economy model as they did with the iPhone 5C and 5S. According to Tech Advisor, it’s also possible Apple will re-launch the iPhone X but in a reduced size.
There is also the prospect for a new phone rumored to be called the iPhone SE2, which goes back to 2016’s iPhone SE. Like the iPhone SE, the iPhone SE2 will be most likely be manufactured by Wistron, a giant tech producer based in Taiwan with locations around the world. Currently, Wistron is in the process of creating a new plant in Bengaluru, India that will be dedicated solely to manufacturing iPhones. Another rumor going around is that the new iPhone SE2 will have a glass back and may have a flat glass LCD-TFT screen with no borders or home button.
Unless Apple makes a surprise statement, rumors will linger until September of 2018 when the new Apple products will be unveiled.