Apple's going back to metal for 2018 LCD iPhone

Apple's going back to metal for 2018 LCD iPhone

Looks like Apple is not yet ready to bid farewell to LCD. This is in spite of Apple's decision to move forward with OLED screens for its flagship handsets.

Another source claims that Casetek, a supplier of Apple has been experimenting with new casing designs for the 2018 LCD iPhone. The device is expected to cost less than the iPhone X successor, for it is sporting a liquid crystal display. A new Nikkei report is now here to fill in some more details on the first.

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. 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.

Apple is purportedly planning to release an LCD iPhone with a metal back next year, according to a new report from Nikkei. It is said to be the most cheapest iPhone of Apple ever.

Nikkie also told that new iPhone will be assembled by a new manufacturer. The display on the phone is expected to feature a 6.1-inch tall TFT LCD display. This is in line with what noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has said.

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

Nomura has claimed that the 2018 iPhone LCD model will share the same edge-to-edge display that the current iPhone X boasts.

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. 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. Nikkei also revealed that the final teaser of Apple claimed to launch iPhone X plus in 2018.

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