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Apple’s 2018 iPhones Might Be More Colourful Than Ever

Apple has a colour fetish. Don’t believe me? Look at the history of their iPhone releases. The first iPhone, released in 2007, had a single version in a black-and-silver finish. Its second iteration, the iPhone 3G of 2008 was made available in a black and white finish, which was carried on to the iPhone 4 and 4s which sported a markedly different chassis.

The iPhone 5 and 5s, visually similar to the iPhone 4, was differentiated with an addition gold option.

From here, an explosion of colour options shook the Apple world: rose gold, followed by space grey, and then jet black.

In a report by TF International Securities Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the reputable source delineated his projections for Apple’s 2018 line-up, in addition to expected sales figures for the year. In the report, outlined two possible differently sized variants that are both iPhone X-styled: a USD1,000, 6.5-inch, dual-sim OLED iPhone priced similarly to the 2018 iPhone X, and a smaller 6.1-inch LCD device that is priced at around USD700.

 

Render from 9to5Mac

The larger 6.5-inch variant is expected to come in a gold version in addition to the black and white found on the existing iPhone X, while the entry-level 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will come in an exciting “grey, white, blue, red and orange”.

A render by 9to5Mac visualises these possibilities, though the smaller 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is expected to sport a single-camera shooter.

This is not the first time Apple has used a wide colour offering to spice up a lower-tier offering. We saw a myriad of offerings on the budget line of iPhone 5C phones. While a leak from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) showed the gold version of the larger 6.5-inch iPhone, it remains unclear if the cheaper (and smaller) 6.1-inch version would maintain the iPhone X’s all metal-and-glass construction.

Projected to be competitively priced at USD700, the smaller phone is expected to take over from the iPhone 8 as the run-of-the-mill iPhone variant. Despite this, it is expected to also sport a refreshed version of the iPhone X’s FaceID unlock feature.

Both sizes of iPhones notably sport larger screens than the iPhone X, which only had a 5.8-inch display. With notched competitors offering larger screens, and truly bezel-less phones emerging with a strong showing, Apple’s next move seems to be giving more screen real estate, and offering a little more (coloured) variety.

Kuo expects the competitively-priced 6.1-inch variant to account for about 55% of gross sales, with spikes of demand from early adopters for the higher-tier OLED 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone variants.

 

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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