Apple reportedly plans to launch three different iPhone models this year. One of them will be a direct successor to the iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED display, and the second one being the larger iPhone X Plus with a 6.5-inch OLED display. However, the third one is expected to be a more affordable iPhone model having a 6.1-inch LCD display and is expected to cost as low as $549.
The low-cost LCD variant of the handset is also expected to come in multiple colour variants, just like the iPhone 5C. Though, fresh reports suggest that the device’s production has been delayed, further adding that the device may go on sale in October.
According to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model is facing production issues with the innovative back lightning system. This feature is an essential component of the bezel-free design approach for Apple’s 2018 iPhone line-up. “We currently see no delay in the ramp of Apple’s upcoming flagship 5.8-inch or 6.5-inch OLED iPhones. However suspected issues with LED backlight leakage have caused a 1 month delay in mass production of the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, although this is down from a 6-week delay baked into the original production forecast, according to suppliers,” Huberty wrote in her investor note (obtained by 9to5Mac).
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Apple facing production issues with its upcoming iPhone models. Last year, Apple faced some manufacturing with its anniversary edition iPhone X model. As the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus went on sale in September last year, though the iPhone X went on sale in November.
In other related news, sources indicate that the Apple is expected to launch the low-cost LCD model in a variety of colours. Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the upcoming 6.5-inch iPhine X model will be offered in black, white, along with a new gold colour option. The rumoured 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model, on the other hand, will reportedly come in grey, white, blue, red, and orange variants.
Kuo also indicated that Apple will be try to keep manufacturing costs down for the rumoured 6.1-inch LCD model by reducing RAM, ditching 3D Touch support, and use the less-expensive LCD panel instead of an OLED screen. This also means that wireless charging is not likely to be offered, and Kuo also suggests that dual-camera system will be scrapped as well in order for Apple to launch a low-cost iPhone.