It looks like the death of bezels on an iPhone is creeping up on us. A new report out from KGI Securities by Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac) claims the company may introduce two new iPhones for its 2018 lineup with edge-to-edge displays. These would sit alongside the successor to the iPhone X which remains unknown in terms of naming.
If this report is correct, next year, we’ll see a cheaper iPhone with a 6.1-inch TFT-LCD display with a lower resolution than the iPhone X and cheaper build materials. We’ll also see a larger (Plus?) version of the iPhone X with a screen that measures in at 6.5-inches and uses an OLED panel. All three new iPhones will sport edge-to-edge displays and Face ID, Apple’s new authentication system which will ultimately replace Touch ID.
As for pricing, we’re not yet sure as to what the 6.5-inch iPhone X will cost, but Kuo says the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will cost between $649 and $749 as it’ll replace both the standard iPhone 8 and larger iPhone 8 Plus. Of course, $749 may seem like a pretty low price, but the guess is Apple might be a bit more aggressive next year with its pricing schemes to bring things like Face ID to those who remain on the non-$1,000 budget. The company is said to be able to produce its facial scanning system in larger volumes thanks to working out all production issues this year so it would make sense to see the technology reach those who choose to spend less on their next iPhone.
Regardless, the iPhone X came out just a week ago so it’s too early to call whether we’ll see any of these changes next year come September. But hey, be sure to stay tuned as these rumors are guaranteed to start spirling out of proportion in the near future.