Apple To Start Trial Production Of the Upcoming iPhone Models In 2Q Of 2018

After reporting that the second-generation of iPhone X will be 10% cheaper manufacturing, Digitimes rolled out yet another article on the upcoming 2018 iPhone lineups, and claimed that Apple is expected to begin trial production of these new models in the second quarter of 2018 at the earliest to avoid supply bottleneck.

Cite supply chain sources, the report adds that Apple's fast-tracking of the trial production will help push ahead the delivery schedules for the 2018 iPhones, meaning it should have a more plentiful supply available for pre-orders. Overall, the supply chain is "generally more optimistic" about order prospects this year.

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With Apple reportedly to make 3D sensing a standard for its 2018 series iPhone devices, trial production of the new series is expected to kick off in the second quarter of 2018 at the earliest, as Apple will try to avoid a repeat of the mishap caused by the initial low yield rates on production of 3D sensor modules for those models introduced last year, according to sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Apple is widely believed to debut three new iPhones later this year, an update to the 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch device dubbed ‘iPhone X Plus’ and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. All three models are expected to featuring Face ID and no Home button. The 6.1-inch device may lack 3D Touch feature due to the lower price range. The new iPhones are likely to be released in the fall of the year.

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