Bloomberg has published a report that adds new details about the rumored 6.5-inch OLED iPhone and 6.1-inch LCD iPhone expected to join the updated 5.8-inch OLED iPhone later this year. New details include potential screen resolution on what would be the largest iPhone display ever, plus the possibility of gold returning later this year.
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According to the new report, the iPhone with a “screen close to 6.5 inches” will feature a display that’s “about as sharp as the one on the 5.8-inch iPhone X.”
The phablet is code named D33, a person familiar with its development says, and at least some prototypes include a screen resolution of 1242 x 2688.
Bloomberg adds that Apple is considering expanding the color lineup to feature a gold option for the flagship iPhones once again.
Apple is considering a gold color option for the update to the iPhone X and the larger model. The company tried to develop gold for the current X handset, but abandoned it because of production problems.
That would exclude the rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. Apple currently offers the iPhone X in space gray or silver; the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come in space gray, silver, or gold like previous models.
Bloomberg also says Apple is considering a dual-SIM card feature in the larger iPhone to appeal to travelers who frequently swap their SIM cards between carriers, but the report says Apple may wait for an E-SIM solution (possibly like the iPad approach) instead.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted back in November based on supply chain research that Apple was planning to expand the iPhone lineup in fall 2018 with a new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone.
Kuo later added that the cheaper 6.1-inch model will replace the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD flagship options, but may not include 3D Touch support first introduced with the iPhone 6s nor a dual rear camera introduced with the iPhone 7 Plus.
You can read Bloomberg’s full report from today here.