Fans of Apple products might already be familiar with Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst for KGI Securities has long been known for his accurate predictions about the latest from the California tech giant, thanks largely to his contacts within Apple's Asian supply chain. His latest forecast surrounds the three iPhones scheduled to be released in 2018.
In a trio of research notes obtained by MacRumors, Kuo outlines several details about each handset, giving a clearer picture of what to expect from Apple this year. One of the new devices looks set to be an upgraded version of the iPhone X, as well as a larger version many are dubbing the iPhone X Plus. There will also be a new model: a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD screen.
The new iPhone X doesn't sound like it will be a major upgrade, although its RAM will purportedly be increased to 4GB. According to Kuo, its battery will be changed to a two-cell, L-shaped model. He also claimed that there is a single-cell L-shaped battery Apple could use that would offer a ten per cent higher capacity.
The larger iPhone X Plus looks set to be much the same, albeit bigger. The screen will be upgraded to a 6.5-inch display, while the increased size means the battery will be able to hold more charge. Kuo expects it to be approximately 3,300 to 3,400 mAh, which would be around 25 per cent more than the iPhone X.
Meanwhile, although the rumoured 6.1-inch iPhone has been talked about for a little while now, Kuo has been able to add more details. It's been thought for some time that the device will feature 3D sensing and an almost bezel-less design, but Kuo alleges that it will use Japan Display's six-inch Full Active LCD screen.
This display only requires 0.5mm bezels on all four sides, which would match with current rumours. It is thought that this phone will be a lower-price option, coming in at around $900 to $1,000.