If it seems like just last week the world was awash with talk of the iPhone X, that's probably because it was. The device has only recently come out, yet there is already talk about what Apple's next smartphone offering might be. In fact, one source even seems to have a good idea of specs and launch dates.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, is a well-known forecaster in the world of iPhone enthusiasts. He has made many predictions about Apple's new releases over the years, and he has very often been completely correct. For example, he predicted in July that Apple was going to get rid of Touch ID for the tenth-anniversary iPhone, and he was proved right.
Mr Kuo allegedly has contacts in Apple's supply line, which would explain where he gets his information, and the latest rumour to come from him is the next set of releases from Apple. According to the analyst, 2018 will see the launch of the “iPhone X Plus”, which will come with an enormous 6.5-inch OLED screen.
Apple will also allegedly be releasing a handset with a 5.8-inch OLED display very similar to the one that the current iPhone X comes with. According to Mr Kuo, it will also be bringing out a slightly larger device with a 6.1-inch screen, but this one will be LCD rather than OLED.
He believes the 5.8-inch model will have a 458 pixels-per-inch (PPI) display, suggesting a screen resolution of 1,125 × 2,436 pixels. The similarity to the iPhone X's display suggests this handset will be a new version of the current phone. Mr Kuo also added that he thinks the 6.5-inch handset will have a display of around 480 to 500 PPI, while the 6.1-inch handset's screen will be between 320 and 330 PPI.
Not only has Mr Kuo predicted Apple's releases, he also has some pricing forecasts. Supposedly, the two OLED models will be aimed at high-end consumers, although the analyst did not specify anything beyond that. The 6.1-inch LED handset, on the other hand, will be priced at between £494 and £570.
Apparently, this price indicates Apple will be aiming at the mid-to-low end of the market, although the cost would suggest otherwise. However, compared to the iPhone X's hefty price tag it's quite cheap.
However, according to Mr Kuo there will be some features of this new device that will make it worth the money. In a research note obtained by MacRumors, he said: “The primary selling points of the TFT-LCD model may be the innovative user experience of an integrated full-screen design and 3D sensing with a lower price tag.”
At this stage, none of this is certain; it's a rumour based on a leak. However, given the pedigree of the source – again, Mr Kuo has been right about a great many Apple releases before – it's exciting news for anyone who likes to be ahead of the curve when it comes to iPhone releases.