Apple is reportedly gearing up to introduce three new iPhones this year and one of them will be more popular than the others, a top analyst with Taiwanese business group KGI Securities has said.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the most famous analyst with KGI Securities when it comes to Apple, the Cupertino-headquartered giant will aim to sell 100 million units of "a 6.1-inch iPhone it's planning to release this year".
"The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will apparently resemble the iPhone X with a similar full-screen design, but at a more accessible price for customers. The analyst expects this new iPhone to be priced to replace iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as cheap as $699," 9to5Mac reported late on Wednesday.
"The replacement for iPhone X is believed to consist of a three-SKU 2018 iPhone lineup. A new iPhone X style device with improved internals, a larger â€˜iPhone X Plus' with a 6.5-inch OLED display and the 6.1-inch LCD model," the report added.
Kuo also expects iPhone X to ship a total of 62 million units in its lifetime, adding the company will cease production of this particular model mid-year.
All three devices are expected to feature "Face ID" feature and lose the home button in favour of iPhone X's gestural navigation.
The 6.1-inch iPhone device will neither get a dual camera nor 3D Touch, according to a previous KGI report.
Reports also suggest that Apple is looking to make the notch even smaller on future iterations of the iPhone. According to MacRumors, the TrueDepth camera system that powers Face ID will reportedly be smaller on upcoming iPhone models.
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.
These chips will be used in the iPhone models that will be launched henceforth and other products for sale in the Chinese domestic market specifically.