April 24, 2018

Apple Said To Begin Trial Production Of 2018 iPhones Soon

24 March 2018, 12:40 | Camille Rivera

Apple's March 27 event: What to expect and how to watch

iOS 11.3 Beta brings back 'iBooks' App

This could be an indication for Apple fans to expect a price drop from the massive $999 price point of the iPhone X that was launched a year ago.

However, it looks like Apple may launch a 5.8-inch OLED display iPhone at a cost reportedly "much lower" than the iPhone X.

A second report by Steve Shen reveals that Apple is already moving ahead with a trial production of its line-up as we move into Q2 2018. The analyst claims that the manufacturing bill of materials will be more than ten percent lower this time.

According to a report in Taiwanese publication Digitimes, Apple could launch a 5.85-inch OLED iPhone that would be cheaper to manufacture than the original iPhone X (REVIEW).

The research note also added that due to a weak demand for the iPhone X, Apple pulled fewer OLED panels from Samsung Display as the compared to what the company had committed.

9to5Mac, which earlier reported on the Digitimes report, said that it's possible the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could cost customers $800. This is to avoid the same low yield in 3D sensors that caused delays in the launch and availability of the iPhone X.

While component orders for the 2018 new iPhone series have not yet shown significant increases recently, upstream and downstream iPhone supply chain makers are generally more optimistic about order prospects for the year, said the sources. However, the project was suspended "mid-February and may be eventually terminated". But there's still no confirmation on when Apple will employ its own displays on its iPhones. That should translate to a cheaper price than the $999 price tag Apple has affixed to the iPhone X.

Apple now designs chips for its mobile devices and a move into displays could hurt screen makers like Samsung Electronics Co, Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and LG Display Co in the long term. Considering that the iPhone X costs around $400 to make, that equates to about $40 in savings. The iPhone-maker now sources OLED panels from Samsung Display for the iPhone X. We could see Apple displays used in the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and maybe even MacBooks in the future, but there's one big problem: MicroLED is extremely hard to manufacture.

At the moment, the iPhone X is available in two colors - silver and space gray.

Other News

Trending Now

'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon announces NY gubernatorial bid
Actress Cynthia Nixon announced her career change overnight with a campaign video that's now splattered over the internet. In a video on Twitter , the public education advocate said, "We want our government to work again".

Looming over oil markets has been surging USA crude production
Monday's price falls in part reversed increases last Friday, which came on concerns over tensions in the Middle East . Brent for May settlement gained 9 cents to $67.51 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.

Conditions for displaced from Syria's Ghouta 'tragic'
Other civilians and fighters would be evacuated to rebel-held Idlib in northwest Syria in coming days, the commander said. The Ahrar al-Sham group, headquartered in Harasta, is the smallest of the rebel groups that control eastern Ghouta.

More Trouble For "Petro" As President Trump Bans The Venezuelan Cryptocurrency
U.S officials are in support of the sanction with emphasis that the global communities should put pressure on Maduro regime. Trump signed an executive order barring the use of any digital currency issued by the Maduro government since January 9.

Penny Hardaway secures first recruit at Memphis
Hardaway is a four-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA player who will be making his college coaching debut with the Tigers. Hardaway-one of the most beloved figures in Tigers basketball history-appears to be poised to reinvigorate the Memphis fan base.

The next Assassin's Creed might take us to ancient Greece
According to Comicbook's unspecified "sources close to Ubisoft", our next historical adventure might well be set in Ancient Greece.

WWE Clears Daniel Bryan For Return In Shocking Pre-WrestleMania Announcement
A match had little more intrigue but seems to be following another recurring SmackDown Live pattern was Jimmy Uso vs Luke Harper. Asuka showdown at WrestleMania, they're doing a good job of reminding everyone that Carmella and her briefcase are a factor.

Iran Urges Europe Not To Opt For New Sanctions
European states are considering imposing new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and involvement in Syria. He added that he didn't believe pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal would have a "detrimental effect" on those talks.

Sagawa to testify in Diet on March 27 over falsified files
The prime minister's approval ratings have dropped to below 30%, according to polls conducted by Japanese media over the weekend. There have been nightly protests around Mr Abe's office over the past week demanding his resignation.

Byelection outcome worries BJP-JDU alliance | What you need to know
The decision also cost BJP a crucial ally in Jitan Ram Manjhi, as the sulking Mahadalit leader switched sides to join Lalu Prasad. Besides, the poll results have come as a shot in the arm for Lalu's political heir Tejashwi Yadav, who led the election campaign.