Apple is working on two, rather than three, successors to its yet-to-released, top-of-the-range iPhone X.
That’s the word from sources in Korea, who claim there has been a shift in strategy for 2018.
Rumours suggested Apple was working on a smaller, 5.3–inch iPhone without a home button, to sit alongside a model that's the same size as the new 5.8-inch iPhone X and a larger 6-inch edition.
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The 6-inch phone apparently remains in the 2018 line-up, but will use LCD screen technology rather than OLED.
It had been thought Samsung, which only manufactures OLED screens, would be the sole screen supplier for next year’s iPhone range.
The move back to LCD points towards Apple attempting to gain control of its supply chain and reducing reliance on its main rival for such a key component.
Not launching a smaller, 5.3-inch could mean Apple continues to make devices with a traditional home button, in order to entice consumers unsure about switching to a phone that replaces a home button with on-screen gestures.
Apple’s iPhone X is due to go on pre–order from 23rd October, before hitting shelves on 3rd November. It starts at £999 SIM–free.
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