Apple may launch a 6.1-inch iPhone with 18:9 display

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Kuo, however, said the overall iPhone shipments will maintain year-on-year growth of 0-5 per cent over the first half of 2018.

Immediately after the launch of the iPhone X, it was reported that Apple would launch three iPhones in 2018 with a design similar to the iPhone X. One of these three iPhones was reported to be the "affordable" iPhone with an LCD display as the other two would have an OLED panel.

According to Japan Display, its Full Active LCDs are 6-inch panels with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels along with an 18:9 aspect ratio, which is on par with narrow-bezel Android smartphones but smaller than the iPhone's X's 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

According to a subsequent report in the China Times, which was earlier reported on by BGR, Apple's LCD iPhone this year will come with a design that mimics that of the iPhone X and should deliver support for Face ID. Apple could guide to 51 million to 57 million iPhone unit sales for the current quarter, he said.

Apple ( AAPL ) is facing a steady drip of reports that iPhone sales are slowing, resulting in production cuts at its contract manufacturers in Asia. The break is due to low orders for 2017 iPhone lineup components, supply chain sources told DigiTimes. If you still really want to own one, better get on it before this summer.

Canalys says demand for Apple's flagship came from markets that already have high iPhone install bases, and where carriers offer finance deals for the smartphone, which has a $999 price tag that is out of reach for many people.

Ming-Chi Kuo has also published a new investor note offering more details of the new iPhones launching later this year.

Meanwhile, according to Kuo, Apple may release three new iPhone models this year including a slightly cheaper $700 (£500) 6.1-inch phone without 3D touch.

However, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners partner Josh Lowitz said in a statement to Fortune that the iPhone X's release is a little different than previous phone releases, making it hard to gauge how well it has sold.

He also lowered his 2018 sales forecast for Knowles to $772 million from $779 million compared to the Street's expectation of $798 million. Lastly, Kuo notes that Apple may start "new iPhone model certifications earlier" than it did a year ago to prevent shipment delays. The firm owned 66,929 shares of the iPhone maker's stock after selling 6,703 shares during the quarter. The third device would feature a 6.1-inch LCD screen. The LCD version would feature only a single camera and launch without the 3D Touch capabilities to keep the costs down. Apple may also incorporate Japan Display's innovative "Full Active" LCD display in one of the upcoming iPhones.

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