Apple planning LCD iPhone with a metal case for 2018

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

Apple launched three new models this year, with iPhone X being its first model to adopt an OLED display. Apple's new iPhone will also revert to aluminium chassis that means that no wireless charging will be offered. The source also said Apple is tentatively planning two new handsets equipped with organic light-emitting diode displays.

First spotted by GizmoChina, Nomura claims that LCD display iPhone which is expected to launch in 2018 will feature an edge-to-edge design similar to the iPhone X. There will be a single camera setup on the rear and is also expected to come with FaceID feature. "The 6.1-inch LCD model will likely sport a metal back [like older iPhone handsets] and will come in several colors", the source was quoted as saying.

If true, the new models will come as welcome news to suppliers across Asia, especially Sharp and Japan Display, which would have lost a significant portion of their LCD business if Apple switched entirely to OLED displays. Meanwhile, the iPhone X only comes in Silver or Space Gray and the iPhone 8 in Silver, Spacer Gray, and Gold. Another source claimed that Casetek has already been trying out new casings for the LCD. Nikkei has learned that for these two handsets, Apple has chosen to use OLED screens.

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In the previous month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had claimed that Apple would be releasing three iPhones in 2018.

Nikkei revealed that the low cost of iPhone would be due to usage of LCD display instead of OLED which is most expensive. The display on the phone is expected to feature a 6.1-inch tall TFT LCD display. Kuo, however, stated that all three 2018 models would debut with full-screen, edge-to-edge displays and the TrueDepth camera system that's now featured on the 10th anniversary iPhone. This of course explains why the device is rumored to be a low-cost entry built for low-end and midrange markets.

Apple is reportedly working on a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that's scheduled for release in 2018.

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