2018 iPhone to Sport 6.1-inch LCD, Colorful Metal Backs

Mindy Sparks
December 7, 2017

At least one of the 2018 iPhones would have the LCD panel. Apple last used metal casing on the iPhone 7 series in 2016. This is in spite of Apple's decision to move forward with OLED screens for its flagship handsets. The new LCD model of the iPhone X is expected to be considerably cheaper than the current handset and could cost around $600 to $700, the current iPhone X starts at $999.

A local media outlet reported that LG Display signed a OLED supply deal with Apple for iPhone X and that the firm is now setting up production equipment for iPhone X in Paju E6 assembly line.

OLED offers stronger color contrast and a brighter display compared with LCD.

That budget LCD model with the metal back is said to come in several colors like the existing aluminum iPhones. Nikkei says Apple is reluctant to switch entirely to OLED in 2018 due to the fear of becoming over-reliant on Samsung.

According to analyst firm Counterpoint, Apple is expected to sell 130 million iPhone X units over the next two years, meaning that LG Display still has a chance of getting in on the action. In October Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple may Gain BOE as a new Supply Chain Participant for future Flexible OLED Displays". The body for the aluminum device is to be made by Casetek, which is a Pegatron subsidiary, according to the sources. But with each successive release, Apple slowly began to diversify its iPhone lineup on all fronts.

Citing a source "privy to the company's product designs", Nikkei's report today claims Apple will unveil three new iPhones in 2018.

The Japanese publication added that Pegatron and Casetek could finalize a suitable production process to integrate their offerings for 2018 iPhone orders.

Other than Foxconn, current iPhone metal casing and frame suppliers include Catcher Technology and US -based Jabil. Kuo also predicted that the third device would sport a 6.1-inch LCD screen.

Kuo has also claimed that the 6.1-inch iPhone would come with a lower-resolution 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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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