Apple is rumored to release triple variants of new iPhones in 2018, including next-generation iPhone X (successor), a larger 6.5-inch version dubbed iPhone X Plus, and an all-new 6.1-inch LCD model with some iPhone X features. All of these will not be available at a lower price point; ranges from $600 to $700 in the United States.
In this current situation, the iPhone X is limited to Space Gray and Silver, well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims at least two of the new iPhone models in the 2018 lineup will have additional colors.
A report from Kuo this time offering insight into which colors those iPhones will be available in. According to Kuo, the new iPhones will be available in a host of different color versions when the handsets are announced officially, likely this September.
Starting out with the bigger screen version of iPhone X-like device, we can expect black, white and gold to be available while less costly LCD phone will be the most colorful; gray, white, blue, red and orange are the colors set to be on offer.
While the inclusion of red, blue and orange is particularly interesting and would see the most colorful iPhone range since the iPhone 5c. Kuo continues to say the second-generation iPhone X will be available in Black, White, and Gold. An excerpt from the note follows:
We expect the demands for the new 6.5″ OLED iPhone will be better than iPhone X because of similar or lower price but with larger display, dual-sim dual-standby (DSDS), and three possible casing colors (black, white, and gold).
The new 6.1″ LCD iPhone is expected to boost better-replacement demands than iPhone 8/8s did due to being equipped with full-screen, Face ID, selling price lower than $700 USD, DSDS and five possible casing colors (grey, white, blue, red, and orange).
Previously said Apple faced manufacturing challenges with the color, likely related to difficulties anodizing the stainless steel frame to be gold. And it is unclear as to whether the white and gray colors mentioned are the existing Silver and Space Gray iPhone X colors available today.
Based on the report, Kuo believes that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone would retail for around $300 less than the premium 6.5-inch iPhone which will cost somewhere in the ballpark of $1000, just like today’s current iPhone X.
In terms of the lower-priced 6.1-inch iPhone, it also makes sense that it could be available n a rainbow of colors like one of its cheaper siblings of the past, the plastic-backed 5c. The red finish would likely be part of the (PRODUCT)RED initiative supporting the elimination of HIV/AIDS.
Indeed, Kuo has a track record in terms of outlining Apple’s future plans. This is his third Apple-focused research note with TF Securities, where he began working earlier this year after a long stint at KGI Securities.
It’s highly-anticipated that all of Apple’s new flagship iPhones will be announced this September, especially if the company continues its previous iPhone release schedule live and active.
Update x1: Steve Hemmerstoffer, who runs the Twitter account OnLeaks, claims Apple is also currently prototyping 2018 iPhones with yellow and pink finishes. He also says the “black” that Kuo refers to is likely Space Gray:
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