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

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

Apple is also rumored to be launching two other iPhone moels next year.

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.

OLED offers better color contrast and a brighter display compared with LCD.

It is expected to arrive as a sequel to the iPhone X. There will be another OLED iPhone dubbed as "Plus" model that will carry the same specs as the forthcoming 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, but it will be housing a larger display of 6.5 inches. The company's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are equipped with LCD screens.

Thus, the move back to an aluminum back design could be a cost-saving measure.

Holding the iPhone X
Turn it around. Oops! Careful not to touch the bottom lens

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

Nikkei's source further divulged that Apple is outfitting the LCD model with a metal back case - the same one used on the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The display on the phone is expected to feature a 6.1-inch tall TFT LCD display. 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.

Foxconn and its smaller Taiwanese rival Wistron split production of the iPhone 8 Plus. 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. If this firm is able to finalize production plan for a larger scale, it could link up with parent company Pegatron in fulfilling whole iPhone orders.

Apple, Pegatron and Casetek all declined to comment.

It's believed that Apple may have reservations about producing just OLED iPhones as Samsung is the only manufacturer capable of supplying its needs.



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