Apple to launch four new iPhones this year?

(Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)Apple CEO Tim Cook ang his team are rumored to launch four new iPhones this year.

Much has been said about Apple's lineup of smartphones for 2018. With all the problems that have hounded the company in relation to the performance of its older iPhone models, there have also been talks that the tech giant will cease production of its current flagship model, the iPhone X.

A recent report, however, pointed to another direction regarding the tech giant's possible battle plan for the year. According to a report from The Investor, industry sources shared that Apple is set to launch two new iPhone models, one with a 5.85-inch screen and another with a 6.64-inch display. The two are said to be added to the company's smartphone lineup alongside the current iPhone X.

Moreover, the sources also said that Apple has started its search for new suppliers for the upcoming devices' panels and batteries. Meanwhile, a DigiTimes report said that the company is gearing up for the release of not two, but four new next-generation iPhone models. Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin said that Apple is in the middle of developing two LCD devices and two OLED devices.

The two LCD devices will likely sport a 5.7 to 5.8-inch and a 6.0 to 6.1-inch display, respectively. The OLED models, on the other hand, will feature a 6.0 to 6.1-inch screen and another with a 6.4 to 6.5-inch display. Furthermore, Lin said that the four devices will offer 3D sensing capabilities and wireless charging support.

As for the fate of the iPhone X, it is speculated to remain in the market, though the price may possibly be lowered in the coming months.

The past two months have been tumultuous for the American tech leader, with complaints and lawsuits being filed against the company for its move to slow down the performance of its aging iPhone models. Earlier this month, Reuters reported that Chinese consumer group Shanghai Consumer Council wrote a letter to Apple demanding for a clear explanation behind the slowing down of older iPhone models' performance after the iOS 10.2.1 software update.

The group also asked Apple to lay down their concrete plans to address the matter in relation to the affected iPhone users in China.