Apple's March 27 event: What to expect and how to watch

A new report out of Taiwan claims that Apple is going to start trial production of this year's iPhones well ahead of schedule. Those challenges apparently nearly made Apple shut down the project past year, but it didn't, and now working displays are being produced.

Reports are now saying that the next iPhone X will cost much less than the 2017 release. The 5.8-inch next-gen iPhone is expected to be an iterative internals improvement over the current iPhone X, with the potential for a small price cut. Still, they have had their situations in which the information turned out to be true, so it's a real possibility that the iPhone 11 cost may actually be lower than what it costs to produce the iPhone X.

As per a Digitimes analyst, Luke Lin's report, this new device's manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) will be 10 percent lower than the iPhone X and hence the reduction in price.

However they have proved far more hard to manufacture than OLED displays, and Apple is unlikely to be able to produce them at scale and at a reasonable cost for several years, according to the report.

New iPads: Supposedly, Apple is working on an updated iPad Pro models which would borrow the Face ID technology that is found on iPhone X. However, it might be possible that these might not hit until later this year if they are at all launched in 2018. Apple faced production bottlenecks past year with iPhone X from the 3D face sensing components, something the company is hoping to avoid second time around. "However, the project was shut mid-February and maybe eventually terminated". However, news of the shift from OLED to in-house displays has roiled stocks of Apple's existing screen suppliers across Asia. This could also result in the increase in prices as Apple has finalised an agreement with Samsung Display "with satisfactory terms". The jump sized iPhone could have a 6.5-inch display and a resolution of 1242 x 2688 pixels.

Further, also recently reported about the upcoming iPhone X variants is the existence of a new blush gold color option.

It is rumored that the affordable version might be a new iPhone SE, a series we haven't seen since 2016.

While Apple may still save some of its new hardware reveals for WWDC 2018, which kicks off on 4 June, this dedicated, invite-only Apple event in Chicago seems to indicate something major is about to land.


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