First reported by 9to5Mac, iPhone XS is expected to be the name of Apple’s 2018 5.8-inch OLED iPhone and all-new 6.5-inch OLED iPhone. Along with these two OLED iPhones, which will be similar in price to the current iPhone X, Apple is planning to introduce a new, more affordable 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display.
- Three iPhones expected, two OLED and one LCD
- OLED iPhone XS models will be 5.8 and 6.5 inches
- LCD iPhone will feature 6.1-inch display and lower price tag
- All iPhones to feature Face ID and edge-to-edge display
- A12 Processors
- Faster LTE
- Dual SIMs
- IOS 12
What will it Bring to the Aftermarket Industry?
Suggested by a random interview, 50% of iPhone users intend to replace their old iPhonemight have a price reduction. And the launch of the 6.1-inch iPhone Xs is also a big selling point which will attract more iPhone users to embrace the new technology with limited budget.
According to the handling of the older models by iPhone users, it might either rise the second-hand mobile phone buyback/recycle business including iPhone 6 – 7 generation or rise the repair business of the iPhone X.
But how the new debut will affect the aftermarket industry? We made some predictions as follows:
- OLED Screen Supply
At present, the OLED Screen production is still in a monopoly by Samsung and LG. And BOE (Boe Technology Group) is reportedly a finalist of Apple’s supplier. And Chinese aftermarket OLED industry is in a standstill facing technical difficulties. Which means it will have an OLED screen short supply in future third-party iPhone repair business just like what the Samsung repair business is experiencing now. But from the other point of view, the situation will promote the development of Chinese third-party OLED industry.
- A Dual-Sim iPhone Means?
The belated addition of the dual-sim feature would be a little surprising because Apple doesn’t seem too enamored with SIM cards in the first place. It arises many discussions on the internet. From the perspective of aftermarket business, a dual-sim phone requires battery durability and performance. Therefore, it might merge a rise in demand for battery replacement.
- iOS 12 Compatibility with Aftermarket Spare Parts
Apple will release the official version of iOS 12 along with the new iPhone new products. Like always, it might occur some incompatibility with aftermarket spare parts leading to either software issues or hardware issues. According to the information we get from the upstream supply chain, Apple is expected to loosen the hardware authentication of aftermarket spare parts.
Both HO3 and CMR screen assemblies passed the compatibility test on the iOS 12 Beta. Once the official version released, we will make a test report as soon as possible of different aftermarket brands.
- Availability of Accessories & Spare Parts from Upstream Supply Chain
Based on past experience, the third-party aftermarket accessories & spare parts will be produced soon after the new products release. Here are the predictions:
Screen Assembly: About half a month after the release
Accessories (Phone Case): Already in production
Charging Port, USB Cable: About 1 week after the release
So, what’s your opinion on the Apple’s new products? What would you like to know? Please feedback to us. We will keep updating with the latest information with you.