Sunday, 10 December, 2017

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

Report says every new iPhone will get the notch next year Report: Next year's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to feature metal backing, not glass
Sherri Watson | 07 December, 2017, 15:21

Speaking to Nikkei, the source, who's apparently "privy to the company's product designs", said that Apple will launch a 6.1-inch LCD phone that will "probably" have a metal back available in several colors. Kuo has claimed that this model will be featuring a 6.1-inch TFT LCD screen.

But it seems that Apple is not ready to bid farewell to LCD screens yet.

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.

Apple is also rumored to be launching two other iPhone moels next year. Casetek, a subsidiary of iPhone 8 manufacturer Pegatron Corp., could be selected to make the LCD iPhone. Rumours are rife that Apple will be launching three iPhones next year, out of which one is going to be a low-priced model with LCD display measuring 6.1 inches. Accommodating such large displays in an iPhone shouldn't be alarming as the Cupertino tech giant plans to incorporate iPhone X's bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio, KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted. 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. Aside from that, Apple will also expand to having two OLED iPhone models next year, one with a 5.8-inch screen like the iPhone X and another one sitting at either 6.2 or 6.3-inches long. Additional reports from Nikkei and Nomura Securities Co. However, there is some difference between in details that the Nikkei sources claim and what Kuo has claimed. 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.

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. Casetek has made iPads in the past, but the 6.1-inch LCD device would be its first iPhone.