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

"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.

Looks like Apple is not yet ready to bid farewell to LCD. Additional reports from Nikkei and Nomura Securities Co. In November, an analyst predicted that Apple would release a bigger 6.1-inch iPhone next year but with a traditional LCD display, rather than the OLED tech used on the iPhone X. Now, another source has come to back up this claim, adding that this particular model may also revert back to the metal design seen on the iPhone 5, 6 and 7. Casetek, subsidiary of iPhone assembler Pagatron will win for sure as it is already testing casings for new LCD iPhone model.

But the cheaper iPhone with a metal back not only brings happiness for select consumers, it also brings business to LCD display manufacturers Sharp and Japan Display, which stand to lose the most with Apple's decision to finally move to OLED displays in iPhones.

Apple is reportedly working on a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that's scheduled for release in 2018.

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Kuo has also claimed that the 6.1-inch iPhone would come with a lower-resolution display.

The analysts' predictions state that the third iPhone will be targeted to the mid-range segment, i.e. between $650 and $900. So it's best to take all these rumors with a grain of salt. An alternative supplier, LG Display Co. The iPhone X is Apple's first smartphone to use the OLED technology. Apart from size, the OLED models will be the same, except for dual SIM card support in the 6.5-inch model. It's believed that it's harder for Apple to produce additional color options in the glass back design of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, hence why this year's models are available in fewer color variations than last year's.

Apple may also introduce a 512-gigabyte storage option, according to Nomura. While the company hasn't specified which of its 2018 flagships will receive the chip if it is the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus it will give Samsung the upper hand.

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