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

Recent reports did say that Apple is working on LCD versions of the iPhone X and that a dual-SIM iPhone may be in the works for next year. Nikkei also revealed that the final teaser of Apple claimed to launch iPhone X plus in 2018.

Last month, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities indicated that Apple would unveil a new 6.1-inch iPhone next year with the iPhone X design, but a traditional LCD display instead of 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 next-generation iPhone will also feature a metal back, like the iPhone 7. 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. And now, there are reports that Apple will be launching three phones in 2018 as well. Nikkei has learned that for these two handsets, Apple has chosen to use OLED screens. 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. It's unclear how big it'll be, but the analysts say the phone will have the same TrueDepth camera that powers the 3D facial recognition system inside the iPhone X. The display will not have 3D Touch, and it'll feature a single-lens camera on the back.

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Alongside this metal-backed iPhone, the source claims Apple is tentatively planning two new OLED handsets, one of which would be around 5.8 inches (like the iPhone X, which is now Apple's only OLED phone) and one of roughly 6.3 inches.

Kuo has also claimed that the 6.1-inch iPhone would come with a lower-resolution display. So it's best to take all these rumors with a grain of salt. Nomura predicts the LCD iPhone will be assembled by Pegatron and possibly Wistron Corp. and will be targeted at the mid-range segment between $650 and $900.

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