Again comes to the sight that Apple is planning o launch a second-generation iPhone SE (2018) model to target the mid-range smartphone market. The new report is on predicted global smartphone production growth in 2018 shared by Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce.
This is not the first time we are hearing about the 2018 iPhone SE variant. The first model of iPhone SE was introduced in the spring of 2016, and it saw no updates in 2017. And also it is unclear whether Apple plans to continue on with the iPhone SE line in 2018.
In addition to the information from TrendForce, a recent report from Economic Daily News also suggested a new 4-inch device is in the works.
A new iPhone SE could come during the first half of 2018, and that model is reportedly being assembled by Taiwanese Apple supplier Wistron at its factory in Bangalore, India. Until now, we have got nothing on what specs a new iPhone SE might include, but when compared to the original hardware and the iPhone 6s, including an A9 chip, 2GB RAM, and a 12-megapixel rear camera.
Apart from the new version of the iPhone SE, TrendForce says new flagship iPhones in 2018 will include improved Face ID, more memory, and AMOLED displays for two models, in line with previous 2018 iPhone rumors – pointing towards a second-generation 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch OLED “iPhone X Plus,” and a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display.
iPhone X sparked a heated discussion in 2017, but iPhone’s production volume increased by only 3% over 2016 due to the technical barriers in improving yield rate of innovative models. With regard to the supply chain, new iPhones in 2018 will continue to improve Face ID technology, screen to body ratio, etc., moreover, the company plans to increase the memory content and embed AMOLED display in two of its models. […]
In terms of biometric recognition, iPhone will continue to feature Face ID while other brands will use mainly capacitive fingerprint sensors in the first half of 2018 due to existing technical barriers.
According to the report, Apple’s iPhone lineup in 2018 will continue to focus on Face ID, while other smartphone manufacturers will stick with capacitive fingerprint sensors in the first half of the year due to an inability to match Apple’s technology.
Later in 2018, the first smartphone using under-display fingerprint technology will also enter mass production. TrendForce believes Apple’s iPhone production will expand in 2018, leading to volume growth of 7.5 percent.
What about Samsung? Due to “fierce competition” from rivals that include Apple and China smartphone manufacturers, Samsung will continue to remain the top smartphone manufacturer worldwide. TrendForce predicts a 3 percent drop in production volume for Samsung phones.
Overall, TrendForce estimates that 1.46 billion smartphones were produced in 2017, with that number set to increase an estimated five percent to 1.53 billion units in 2018. Stay tuned for more updates!
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