If the rumor mill is any indicator, then one of the new iPhones Apple is going to launch in 2018 is a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD panel. And now an analyst is weighing in on other expected features.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (by way of MacRumors), the 6.1-inch iPhone will feature a single camera on the back, a change for its bigger smartphones up to this point. Additionally, the new smartphone will boast 3GB of RAM, offer an aluminum frame, and it will not have 3D Touch on board, a particularly huge change for new iPhones.
The analyst also states that the 6.1-inch iPhone won’t have a stacked logic board, and it won’t have an L-shaped battery pack like Apple introduced with the iPhone X last year. The newest analyst report also states that the new, big iPhone will cost between $700 and $800 when it goes on sale later this year.
This latest report comes hot on the heels that Apple is going to end production of the iPhone X when it launches new iPhones this year. At the time, it was suggested that pricing for the 6.1-inch iPhone could cannibalize sales of the older iPhone X if it were to drop in price by $100, suggesting that the 6.1-inch iPhone could cost as high as $899 when it launched. Now the new model may cost even less than that, which would certainly make many potential customers consider it as their new daily driver.
However, missing features like 3D Touch and a dual-camera setup on the back might make it a nonstarter for some customers, too. If the rumor that 3D Touch isn’t on board, it will be interesting to see what that means for Apple moving forward. Is this a feature that just isn’t getting enough traction?