Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple to unveil two 6.1-inch LCD iPhones this year; one budget-priced at just $550, another with dual-SIM capability

“Apple is predicted to launch two versions of a rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone later this year, one with a starting price as low as $550 and another potentially outfitted with dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) technology, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“In a note to investors seen by AppleInsider, Kuo says Apple may be planning a DSDS-capable LCD iPhone with two physical SIM card slots and no eSIM support,” Campbell reports. “A second LCD variant will be outfitted with a traditional single-SIM arrangement and could sell for between $550 and $650, much lower than initial estimates of $700 to $800 aired in January. Based on the new bottom-tier pricing, a DSDS model might cost between $650 to $750, the analyst says. ”

“DSDS is also expected to show up in a rumored 6.5-inch OLED iPhone positioned at the top of Apple’s 2018 lineup,” Campbell reports. “Interestingly, the analyst believes the company’s smallest-screened offering, a revamp of iPhone X with 5.8-inch OLED panel, will not include a dual-SIM option… Apple is expected to launch three iPhone models this fall. Anchored by the 6.1-inch LCD version, the lineup is said to include two OLED models in a 5.8-inch ‘iPhone X 2’ and larger 6.5-inch ‘iPhone X Plus.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Dual-SIM capability will appeal to frequent travelers and the enterprise.

While we wouldn’t trade our iPhone X units for any other iPhone – flicking up with Face ID and banging through apps is just too valuable a time-savings to ever give up to go back to the antiquated Home button paradigm – we do long for a larger display:

[iPhone X] is just such a great device, but Apple (likely very carefully and intentionally) made it just a bit too small for our taste (baking in the impetus to upgrade this year), so we’re very much looking forward to the rumored 6.5-inch “iPhone X Pro” said to be coming this fall.MacDailyNews, January 2, 2018

3 exclusive features Apple could deliver with a 6.5-inch ‘iPhone X Plus’ – February 20, 2018
2 ways Apple can improve upon the beautiful iPhone X – February 15, 2018


  1. I’m happy with the current iPhone X size & Face I.D.. I probably won’t do an automatic upgrade this year and will wait out for another year. Both my iPad Pro and iPhone X are plenty good for some time to come. Mac Pro, not so much…

  2. Where did his guy Ming fetting his LEAKS from? Tim Cook, eddie cueball? Just never stops. Ruin all the surprises.
    Ming sources should be arrested and fired too.

  3. I want to know just what % of phone users are ‘power’ users? I’m not and most of my friends are not. I have dozens of apps that see the light of day just a few times a year. See no reason to upgrade…

  4. I have a dual SIM, a Nokia 950XL Windows phone. I tried it for a while, but in the end I find it safer and more convenient to hold two phones. Minimally, it’s two batteries… And should one break….

    To each their own though. Dual SIM is a preference.

  5. Although I was very dubious about getting the X with a narrower screen, after three years with a plus size phone – In fact it has not worried me at all and I find I prefer the size of my hand (and pocket). I have no wish to go back to larger Plus size. Requirement for Duel SIM I would have thought is very limited market

    1. Replying to your Dual Sim comment:- Rest of the world, especially Asia. Travelling? Buy a data sim at airport, good to go. Business? Same.
      I am disappointed that Apple does not choose to include e-sim in the phone. Have it available and eventually some MVNO will support it thereby pushing the incumbents to adopt it. I hate that sim tray. Pretty sure Ive is with me on this one.

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