APPLE: IPHONE XI AND SE 2?
The iPhone is Apple’s most beautiful handset to date, and a nicely daring twist after a few years of diminishing returns on the same design – but it’s also incredibly expensive, putting it out of reach of a lot of prospective iPhone buyers. What will happen in 2018? If one analyst is to be believed, Apple may extend the full-face screen approach – complete with that divisive notch – to the entire line. Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Securities believes that Apple will launch an updated 5.8in OLED model, an “iPhone XI” or whatever you want to call it, along with two other models. One would be a larger model with a towering 6.5in OLED display, and the other would fall right in the middle of the two, purportedly carrying a 6.1in display. The difference is that it would be a lower-resolution LCD screen, with that version acting as the entry-level, slightly cheaper model under the iPhone XI. That might be the new iPhone 9, essentially. Confusing? Yeah, just a bit – but it does seem likely that the notch-centric, Face ID-packing design is the way of the future for Apple, and it’ll only be a matter of time before all of its phones scrap the old 16:9/Touch ID approach. Whether that will all happen this year remains to be seen, but we certainly expect some big developments from Apple this autumn. September is usually when we see these things, although the iPhone X didn’t actually release until November last year. Meanwhile, rumours are starting to emerge about an iPhone SE 2 – an updated version of Apple’s super-small, entry-level handset. We’re not expecting any massive changes, but updated specs and a rumoured glass backing would make it a much better option in 2018. Still, it didn’t debut at WWDC, so we’re wondering if Apple will save it for September instead.