The investment firm leading the charge on background research for this device, KGI Securities, has already estimated that this upgrade will not start at around $700 like the iPhone 8 did, but rather go either side of $750. And to think that all those would change with about $250 more.
"We project shipments under the new product life cycle (4Q18-3Q19) for the 6.1" LCD iPhone, estimated to be launched in 2H18, will reach around 100mn units", reads Kuo's projection. If it does see it as such, there's all the more reason to go with the iPhone 9 name from here. The replacement for the iPhone X is believed to consist of a three-SKU 2018 iPhone lineup.
Apple has brought an abrupt halt to some new planned iPhone updates and features as it fears that due to the short deadlines the quality of the product may suffer.
Samsung was a big victor in the most recent iPhone product cycle as it won the orders to manufacture the OLED displays found on the ultra-premium iPhone X. Samsung is also the manufacturer of the Qualcomm modems used in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
The odd thing is that the iPhone X successor and iPhone X Plus have been rumored to retain 3D Touch and Face ID, so we will highly recommend that you take this rumor with a pinch of salt for now.
Reports also suggest that Apple is looking to make the notch even smaller on future iterations of the iPhone.
Apple is also reportedly in talks to buy storage chips from Yangtze Memory Technologies, making it the first time the Cupertino-based tech giant will be buying from a Chinese memory chipmaker, the Nikkei reported.
Samsung will still supply chips for the discounted iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, should Apple keep them on the market.