According to a report by a senior analyst at Digitimes Research, Apple's vendor has managed to reduce the 5.85-inch iPhone X's initial manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) to a level much lower than that of its present flagship model.
Some reports at the time indicate trial production of finished iPhone X units did not start until late August, a process that normally concludes in July.
The format of Apple's 2018 lineup is the worst kept secret of the season, with a near-guarantee that we'll once again see three new iPhones released, including a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that is meant to be a replacement for the 5.8-inch iPhone X, as well as a bigger version that is said to be named the iPhone X Plus with an OLED screen and a size of 6.5 inches.
Interestingly, Lin says Apple had previously planned to bring another LCD version of the 5.85-inch iPhone.
MicroLED screens are brighter and use less battery power than the current Samsung-made OLED displays used in the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9, and they enable the manufacture of slimmer devices such as smartphones and smart watches.
As a reminder, Apple is heavily rumored to be preparing two OLED iPhones, one with a 5.85-inch display and the other one with a 6.45-inch one, as well as a more affordable 6.1-inch LCD device.
The kick-off of the trial production will help push ahead the delivery schedules for 2018 iPhone devices so that they will rekindle its smartphone momentum, said the sources, adding that sales of iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X have been lower than expected.
The next-generation iPhone X will cost less to manufacture than Apple's current flagship smartphone, which now costs 00. This was due to the lower-than-expected demand for the iPhone X. Additionally, analysts from Nomura stated that customers did not want to shell out a lot of money for the smartphone's high price and prefer to opt for under $999 handsets. However, the project was suspended in mid-February and seems to have been completely scrapped.
The top of the line will use an OLED display too, quite a large one 6.45. However, news of the shift from OLED to in-house displays has roiled stocks of Apple's existing screen suppliers across Asia. The jump sized iPhone could have a 6.5-inch display and a resolution of 1242 x 2688 pixels. Just yesterday, amateur graphic design Benjamin Geskin suggested a new Blush Gold color for the 2018 iPhone X. Geskin doesn't exactly have the best track record in terms of predictions and rumors, but he's quite incessant with them. While the display on the iPhone X is extremely color accurate, it's still not quite flawless.