MacRumors on the latest from Ming-Chi Kuo:
Kuo expects the 5.8-inch model to have 458 pixels per inch,
suggesting the second-generation iPhone X’s display will likely
continue to have a resolution of 1,125×2,436. He said the 6.5-inch
model will have roughly 480 to 500 PPI, while the 6.1-inch model
is estimated to have between 320 and 330 PPI.
In his latest research note, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said the
6.1-inch model will have a lower-resolution LCD display and target
the low-end and mid-range markets with an estimated $649 to $749
starting price in the United States.
If accurate, next year’s new iPhone lineup would consist of the
second-gen iPhone X with the same size screen, a larger 6.5-inch
version that we’re tentatively calling the iPhone X Plus, and a
mid-range 6.1-inch LCD model that adopts an iPhone X form factor
and features but with a cheaper price point.
A “Plus” sized version of the iPhone X makes perfect sense. Even without these rumors from the supply chain, I’d have been surprised if Apple didn’t create such a phone next. The iPhone X may well draw some current Plus-sized iPhone users, but in use it feels like a “regular” sized iPhone with an edge-to-edge display. Given the popularity of Plus-sized phones, I can’t see why Apple wouldn’t do that with the X design.
But this 6.1-inch model with an LCD display makes no sense to me. First, I’d be surprised to see the X design trickle down to the $750 price range after just one year. Second, the size makes no sense to me. There’s a clear difference between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch regular and Plus classic-style iPhones. There would be a clear difference between 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch X-style phones. An additional 6.1-inch lower-priced X-style phone would just confuse things terribly. I don’t think Kuo has the story right on this phone.
★ Monday, 13 November 2017