Apple's going back to metal for 2018 LCD iPhone

Apple's going back to metal for 2018 LCD iPhone

The report also reveals that 6.1-inch iPhone model will be featuring the same old LCD display, rather than OLED.

According to a source with knowledge of Apple's product designs, the LCD iPhone will feature a 6.1-inch bezel-less screen and a metal back. The "Plus" model is expected to come with a larger 6.5-inch display.

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.

After facing troubles with iPhone X which has been ranked even lower than iPhone 8 by Consumers Report because of its easily breakable sleek glass body, Apple is planning to change course. Apple's new iPhone will also revert to aluminium chassis that means that no wireless charging will be offered.

If Apple does use a metal back for the LCD model, Casetek, a subsidiary of Pegatron, could become a supplier. 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.

The most interesting development, though, centres on the LCD-packing iPhone X model.

Samsung Display, a unit of Samsung Electronics, is Apple's sole supplier of OLED panels, which is likely why Apple wants to maintain a lineup of LCD-equipped smartphones - at least until it has another supplier of OLED panels.

NIkkei's report does not mention the design of the phones' front panel.

The low-end LCD device out of the three will be assembled by Pegatron and possibly Wistron. It would be a shocker if the tech giant confirmed or denied any of the rumored specs or features of the 2018 lineup at this point.

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

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