Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Next year's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to feature metal backing, not glass

Next year's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to feature metal backing, not glass

Apple could also opt to go with a new supplier for the LCD model.

We've heard rumors that Apple's 2018 iPhone lineup will primarily consist of handsets featuring an edge-to-edge iPhone X design, but not all might feature that handset's glass back or OLED display. Aside from that, Apple will also expand to having two OLED iPhone models next year, one with a 5.8-inch screen like the iPhone X and another one sitting at either 6.2 or 6.3-inches long.

The next-generation iPhone will feature a metal back alike iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Pegatron assembles the iPhone 8 for Apple.

Apple is also rumored to be launching two other iPhone moels next year. A new report fresh from Japan is claiming that the Cupertino giant is in the process of developing a 6.1-inch handset with LCD screen. The benefits of OLED displays can be extended to moulding into curved screens and even foldable displays, which can be useful in the future iPhones.

But the cheaper iPhone with a metal back not only brings happiness for select consumers, it also brings business to LCD display manufacturers Sharp and Japan Display, which stand to lose the most with Apple's decision to finally move to OLED displays in iPhones.

In the previous month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had claimed that Apple would be releasing three iPhones in 2018. Rumours are rife that Apple will be launching three iPhones next year, out of which one is going to be a low-priced model with LCD display measuring 6.1 inches.

NIkkei's report does not mention the design of the phones' front panel. A second Nikkei source said Casetek has already been "experimenting with new casings for the LCD-equipped iPhone".

The two upcoming OLED models will be similar to the current iPhone X and will sport the same True Depth camera system, according to Nomura.

We're still a ways off from Apple introducing next year's iPhones, so this report should be taken with a grain of salt at this point.

The LCD iPhone, meanwhile, will cost between $650 and $900.

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