Analyst predicts the iPhone's home button will soon disappear

Joanna Estrada
November 15, 2017

One of the phones could feature an edge-to-edge LCD screen and TrueDepth facial recognition that costs between $649 and $749. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that the 5.8 inch and 6.5 inch versions of iPhones to be launched will use OLED screen technology that is similar to iPhone X.

At the moment, we can not guarantee that Kuo's predictions will materialize.

"We believe the major hardware difference in the two new OLED models is size, in a bid to satisfy various needs of the high-end market", Kuo wrote in his research note.

Kuo predicts that the LCD phone will retail between $649 and $749, a far cry from the eye-watering $999 price tag now slapped on the iPhone X. The iPhone X starts at $999.

He also expects Apple will ship 25 million to 27 million iPhone X units this quarter and increase by 35-45% in the first quarter of 2018. Over the past few years, Kuo's iPhone predictions have been on point for the most part and according to him, Cupertino has plans to unveil a massive 6.5-inch phone with an OLED display screen, essentially becoming an iPhone X Plus. This is expected as face ID is not welcomed by many iPhone lovers. Apple is planning and working on a 5.8 inch, 6.1 inch with an LCD edge to edge display and a 6.5 inch variation for release sometime in 2018.

Kuo says he views Apple's shares and its key suppliers positively in 2018. However, if they do and Apple does release a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with a full-screen design, it's unlikely that it will be priced at the said range of $649 and $749.

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