Apple's going back to metal for 2018 LCD iPhone

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

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

Apple's new iPhone will also revert to aluminium chassis that means that no wireless charging will be offered.

"The 6.1-inch LCD model will likely sport a metal back [like older iPhone handsets] that will come in several colors", said the source, adding that the two OLED handsets will come in two sizes: one either 6.2 or 6.3 inches long, and the other 5.8 inches.

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

Samsung Display, a unit of Samsung Electronics, is Apple's sole supplier of OLED panels, which is likely why Apple wants to maintain a lineup of LCD-equipped smartphones - at least until it has another supplier of OLED panels. 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.

Pegatron is a smaller rival to key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group. Meanwhile, the iPhone X only comes in Silver or Space Gray and the iPhone 8 in Silver, Spacer Gray, and Gold. The only difference is Kuo's prediction that the largest model for 2018 would come with a 6.5-inch OLED display, and it could be given the moniker of "iPhone X Plus".

Foxconn and its smaller Taiwanese rival Wistron split production of the iPhone 8 Plus. 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. It is said to be the most cheapest iPhone of Apple ever.

Apple, Pegatron and Casetek all declined to comment. Nikkei has learned that for these two handsets, Apple has chosen to use OLED screens.

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