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14 November 2017, 12:42 | Gretchen Simon
So it stands to reason that Apple's 2018 lineup could pull its design cues nearly entirely from the iPhone X, just bigger. During an interview CEO Tim Cook claimed that the iPhone 8 Plus had "gotten off to the fastest start of any Plus model" which he also claimed was "a bit of a surprise" to the company. The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch flavors could finally be replaced with a 6.1-inch LCD model.
Apple flipped the script with this year's iPhone refresh, introducing a new high-end offering known as the iPhone X. The handset features a number of radical design changes which prompted some to question whether this would be a one-off "special edition" or the future of the iPhone. Not to forget the screen burn-in issue with Google Pixel 2 XL which Google fixed in a recent update as it turned out to be a software issue. Kuo doesn't make any predictions about the prices for the two OLED phones, but considering that the iPhone X sells for $999 / £999 / AU$1,579, there's little doubt that the bigger of the two will certainly be much more expensive. Some users report that it only happens at max volume, while others have problems right down to around 70 per cent.
The crackling sound occurs on affected iPhones with any kind of audio playback, including phone calls, music, videos with sound, alarms and ringtones. Hopefully this iPhone X software update should help fix it for those users who need to use their phone in the cold.
So far Apple hasn't publicly commented on the latest problem to afflict the shiny device but according to some reports the difficulty isn't down to the hardware but to the operating system. According to the complaints, when used as a speakerphone at high volumes, the iPhone X earpiece speaker can buzz or crackle.
The three new models will drive a "real super-cycle in terms of iPhone replacement demand", the analyst writes, predicting 100-120 million iPhones assembled in the second half of 2018. It would also include Face ID, he says.
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