Sources point to a new metal-clad iPhone with LCD display in 2018

Yolanda Curtis
December 7, 2017

"The 6.1-inch LCD model will likely sport a metal back [like older iPhone handsets] and will come in several colors", the source was quoted as saying.

It would seem an odd move, as the switch to glass was in large part to allow for wireless charging, a feature which might be sacrificed if Apple moves back to metal, but then given its LCD screen this would likely be a relatively budget model. One will be the next-gen 5.8-inch iPhone X and another will be a Plus variant with a giant 6.5-inch OLED panel.

If you are one of those who would rather have a metal back instead of glass, the goal of which is to allow wireless charging, there's some good news for you. A new report from Nikkei this evening offers more color on that device, saying it will feature a metal back similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus... Now with the all glass iPhone 8, Apple can only offer Space Grey, Silver and Gold, meanwhile the iPhone X is limited to Space Grey and Silver.

Sources told Nikkei that Apple was also planning to release two iPhones with OLED screens.

According to KGI Securities, the 2018 LCD iPhone would "differ significantly" from the OLED models. 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. Then again, if Apple sticks to the bezel-less design, a 5.8-inch iPhone should feel fairly close in the hand to a 4.7-inch iPhone 8, 7 or 6. 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. A different source told Nikkei that Casetek was already experimenting with metal casings for the LCD iPhone.

Opting to not use OLED displays for all of its iPhones next year makes sense for Apple and will ensure the company is not completely dependant on rival Samsung Electronics Co. The analysts also said that Apple's 2018 iPhones may offer as much as 512GB of storage, and the iPhone X Plus version will support two SIM cards. The LCD iPhone, in contrast, will sell at a lower price point ($650-$750) and have a lower pixel density (320-330ppi).

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