Apple to launch 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with metal back in 2018

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Apple to launch 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with metal back in 2018

Looks like Apple is not yet ready to bid farewell to LCD. Pegatron is now the assembler of the iPhone 8, so both Casetek and Pegatron are hoping that Apple would ask them to integrate the services they offer for iPhone orders in 2018.

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").

Apple is not expected to update its iPhone X lineup until late 2018.

A different source disclosed that Casetek is already trying out new casings for the LCD model in hopes that it would be chosen to supply the back case for the 6.1-inch iPhone.

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.

Another source familiar with the situation said Casetek has been experimenting with new casings for the LCD-equipped iPhone. Some fresh reports by Nomura, a Japanese securities firm which claims that the Cupertino-based firm will be releasing two OLED iPhones and one LCD iPhone in 2018.

The most interesting development, though, centres on the LCD-packing iPhone X model. And now, there are reports that Apple will be launching three phones in 2018 as well.

According to Nomura, the LCD iPhone arriving in 2018 will sport the same edge-to-edge design like the iPhone X. It will be featuring only a single camera on its rear panel.

This will also reduce dependence of Apple on Samsung that is the only company to supply OLED displays in bulk to meet iPhone X demand. This of course explains why the device is rumored to be a low-cost entry built for low-end and midrange markets. So it's best to take all these rumors with a grain of salt. Nikkei also revealed that the final teaser of Apple claimed to launch iPhone X plus in 2018.

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