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

Thursday, 07 Dec, 2017

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

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. A new report fresh from Japan is claiming that the Cupertino giant is in the process of developing a 6.1-inch handset with LCD screen.

The same source revealed that Pegatron subsidiary Casetek could become the supplier of the metal backs for the 6.1-inch iPhone units. Apple's new iPhone will also revert to aluminium chassis that means that no wireless charging will be offered. 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.

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.

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.

The Japanese securities firm also claims that there will be an OLED iPhone that will feature a 5.8-inch display. Its screen will not be equipped with Force Touch feature.

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. The phone will come alongside another OLED phone which will be the "Plus" model of the 5.8-inch iPhone.

The low-end LCD device out of the three will be assembled by Pegatron and possibly Wistron.

As per usual, Apple is pretty mum in the wake of emerging rumors about its future iPhones.

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.