Published: Fri, March 23, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Apple To Start Trial Production Earlier Than iPhone X?

Apple To Start Trial Production Earlier Than iPhone X?

Apple is gearing up for a busy 2018, as similar reports have also indicated that they will release three new smartphone options this year. Those challenges apparently nearly made Apple shut down the project past year, but it didn't, and now working displays are being produced. Indeed, per DisplayMate's testing, the display found on the Galaxy S9 is actually more color accurate than the one found on the iPhone X.

The report further claimed Apple purchased fewer OLED panels from Samsung Display than it had earlier committed due to the weak demand for the iPhone X. This resulted in Apple's South Korean panel supplier to "bargain more chips" in its negotiation for manufacturing OLED panels for the upcoming iPhones.

The analysts believes that owing to the cost reduction, Apple may position the 5.85-inch model as the cheapest of all three next-generation iPhone models. They are also expected to offer superior contrast and response times, which could enable deep blacks, bright whites, and smoother animations in Apple's smallest devices. A new report making rounds on the web now suggests that the 5.8-inch model could possibly be the cheapest iPhone model to launch this year, despite the OLED display.

The reason for this "rush" is most certainly Apple's desire to avoid last year's supply mishaps that caused the iPhone X to hit the shelves at a later date than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which hurt the overall sales of the device.

As per Digitimes Research Senior Analyst, Luke Lin, the current iPhone X has a MBOM over US$400. "However, the project was shut mid-February and maybe eventually terminated".

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.

It will be interesting to see if the rumored iPhone X SE 2 turns out to be the same iPhone that Lin claimed could be the cheapest of the three iPhones. 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. Does this make the next generation of iPhones more tempting to you? The 6.1-inch iPhone device will not get a dual camera nor 3D Touch, according to a previous KGI report.

According to the report, Apple's Santa Clara facility is now capable of manufacturing a handful of Apple Watch-sized screens at a time and will scale up the process over the next two years so that either contract manufacturers or Apple itself can produce the screens in mass quantities.

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