Two new reports originating out of Korea point to Apple adding two new suppliers to its supply chain to supply it with 3D sensing modules. The Cupertino company is looking to bring Face ID to its entire iPhone lineup due for release in September 2018, and thus, requires additional suppliers to fulfill its demand.
To avoid component shortage for key Face ID modules, Apple is planning to invest heavily in LG Innotek to secure supply of 3D sensing modules for its 2018 lineup of iPhone and iPad.
There have been rumors about Apple releasing a refreshed iPhone SE in the first half of 2018. The original iPhone SE launched two years ago and found its own set of takers due to its small form factor and the sheer amount of power it packs. Now, rumors about the iPhone SE 2 claim that it will come with a glass back similar to the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
In his latest note, reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will further increase the battery capacity on the iPhones in 2019 and 2020. The company will be able to achieve this thanks to improvements in semiconductor manufacturing, SoCs and PCBs which would provide space for even larger batteries.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the 2018 variant of the iPhone X could feature a 10 percent higher capacity battery if Apple and LG Chem are able to make the shift to a one-cell design and mass produce it on time. The current generation iPhone X employs a two-cell battery design which Apple had first used on the original iPhone.
Rumors have so far pointed to LG Display supplying Apple with at least around 10 million OLED panels for the 2018 iPhone. However, a new report from Korea suggests that the deal between the two companies might not be final.
A report from Nikkei claims that Apple will be launching a new iPhone model next year with an LCD display alongside two other variants that make use of OLED panels. This third new iPhone variant would sport a metal back similar to older iPhones and would be available in many colors.
iPhone X is yet to go on sale, but the reaction to Face ID has been quite polarized, some users like me seem to be excited about it, while others seem to find it a deal-breaker.
With the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus behind it, the iPhone rumor mill has now started focusing on next year’s models. A rumor originating from Korea claims Apple will be launching at least one iPhone variant featuring a 6-inch LCD display in 2018.