Apple's going back to metal for 2018 LCD iPhone

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 7, 2017

Next year's LCD iPhone is expected to be the more affordable option, with Apple also introducing a new OLED model at around 6.5-inches (KGI says 6.5-inches, Nikkei says "either 6.2 or 6.3-inches"). It's believed that it's harder for Apple to produce additional color options in the glass back design of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, hence why this year's models are available in fewer color variations than last year's. Casetek now supplies Apple with LCD screens for its iPads, so it could also be tapped by Apple to supply the new iPhone model with LCD panels. Today's report says, however, that next year's 6.1-inch iPhone will "likely sport a metal back that will come in several colors". The source said that there was a good chance that Casetek would win orders for the LCD model, as the design may be similar to iPads, for which Casetek is already supplying casings. Nikkei also revealed that the final teaser of Apple claimed to launch iPhone X plus in 2018. It is said to feature only a single camera at the back while the screen will be devoid of the Force Touch feature. The only difference is Kuo's prediction that the largest model for 2018 would come with a 6.5-inch OLED display, and it could be given the moniker of "iPhone X Plus". Nikkei has learned that for these two handsets, Apple has chosen to use OLED screens.

The Japanese securities firm also claims that there will be an OLED iPhone that will feature a 5.8-inch display.

As per usual, Apple is pretty mum in the wake of emerging rumors about its future iPhones.

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.

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