Apple To Ship 95-115 Million Units Of 6.1-Inch iPhone In 2018 [Report]

The ever prolific KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has today shared projections for what he believes will be shipments of the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone, expected to launch in the second half of 2018.

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KGI: Apple to ship 100 million 6.1-inch LCD iPhones in 2018

iIf you’re not acquainted with KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, he’s the one that projected that Apple is readying three new iPhones for 2018 – two OLED ones with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch panels, and one LCD iPhone with a 6.1-inch screen. Well, the same market analyst now says that Apple could ship up to 100 million 6.1-inch LCD iPhones before 2018 is over and at $ 700-$ 800 a pop. If the predictions are true the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will replace the iPhone 8 as the cheapest option, while the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone will likely be the same size and weight as the iPhone X, and the…

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Adding to expectations that the new 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD display will be a blockbuster success, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said on Wednesday that he expects the company will ship a whopping 100 million units in the second half of 2018.
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KGI: Apple Could Ship 100 Million Units of New 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, Replacing iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in 2018 Device Line-up

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today shared shipment projections with MacRumors for Apple’s rumored 6.1-inch iPhone that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018.

The device is said to have some iPhone X features such as Face ID, but design compromises will enable Apple to put it at a more affordable price point. They could include an LCD screen instead of an OLED display, an aluminum frame, a single lens camera, and no 3D Touch.

We project shipments under the new product life cycle (4Q18-3Q19) for the 6.1″ LCD iPhone, estimated to be launched in 2H18, will reach around 100mn units.

According to Kuo’s research note, shipment projections could fluctuate depending on the selling price of the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, which Kuo believes will be somewhere between $700 and $800 in the United States. In his analysis, shipments will be around 105-115 million units when priced at US$699, and 95-105 million units when priced at US$799.

The price could also depend on “whether Apple ultimately sees the new 6.1-inch LCD model as the successor of iPhone 8 or 8 Plus,” according to Kuo. In a previous note, KGI Securities has said the 6.1-inch iPhone will have a standard non-stacked logic board and rectangular battery pack like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Kuo expects the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to account for around 50 percent of the new iPhone line-up’s shipments, with sales remaining strong into 2019. On that basis, today’s shipping estimate suggests lifetime sales of 2018 iPhones could reach approximately 200 million units.

The device is expected to be announced around September-October as usual alongside a new 5.8-inch iPhone X and a larger 6.5-inch version dubbed iPhone X Plus.

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Elon Musk Wants to Ship Tesla Parts Using a Boring Company Underground Tunnel

Despite making plans to boost production of its Model 3, Tesla ultimately fell short of its goals in 2017. The problem isn’t expected to persist forever, though, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk is now considering building an underground tunnel using The Boring Company that will connect the Tesla plant to a parts factory 1.6 km (one mile) or so down the road.

The news came from a Tesla earnings call on Wednesday, Feb. 7, during which Inverse quoted Musk as saying it’s “just a matter of time” until the production issues are solved.

“I’m hopeful that people think that if we can send a Roadster to the asteroid belt, we could probably solve Model 3 production,” Musk reportedly said.

In a shareholder’s letter, Tesla revealed it’ll be the first company to utilize its electric, autonomous semi trucks, which Musk intends to use to transport Model 3 components from Gigafactory 1 to a factory in Fremont, Calif.

But increased production of the Model 3 would eventually face a bottleneck. The factory is equipped to handle only so many shipment trucks, meaning if too many trucks started hauling parts to the factory, the parts would take much longer to be unloaded. This is where the tunnel comes in.

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“[W]e actually get constrained on how many trucks [we can] dock and undock at the seat factory, which is only, I don’t know, half a mile or a mile away from the vehicle plant,” Musk said during the call, according to Inverse. “So it’ll be pretty easy to just have a tunnel, do an automated conveyance from seats to the factory.”

In other words, the underground tunnel could alleviate Tesla’s shipment congestion just as it’s meant to reduce traffic in other cities.

Using a tunnel for transportation, Musk reportedly said that boosting production to roughly 700,000 cars a year — 600,000 Model 3s and 100,000 Model S and X vehicles — “seams achievable.” The idea isn’t official yet, however, and Tesla would presumably need to receive permission to build another tunnel.

If Musk is anything, though, he’s determined. If he decides another underground tunnel is necessary to finally meet Tesla’s Model 3 production goals, it’ll probably happen. Like he said, they managed to put a Tesla Roadster in space, how hard can it be to move parts around on Earth?

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