Apple Reportedly Developing 6.1-Inch LCD iPhone With Metal Back Case

IPhone X vs. iPhone 8 durability; Tim Cook keeps talking in China

IPhone X vs. iPhone 8 durability; Tim Cook keeps talking in China

We've known for some time that LG has been aiming to win OLED iPhone screen orders from Apple, but it's looking like a deal could be closer than expected.

If you are one of those who would rather have a metal back instead of glass, the objective of which is to allow wireless charging, there's some good news for you.

Apple is not expected to update its iPhone X lineup until late 2018. Specifically, the company's rumored to introduce a cheaper 6.1-inch bezel-less LCD iPhone next year, and to make it cheaper to produce, the company may opt to include a metal enclosure rather full-on glass like the iPhone 8 and X. This would make the phone even cheaper for consumers and put less pressure on Apple who could result in making units on a larger scale, resulting in a steady rollout.

In September Patently Apple posted a report titled "LG Could Possibly Enter Apple's OLED Supply Chain as early as H2 2018 if Plans are on Track".

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. 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.

The best feature in the new iPhone X is the phone's super-long battery life. The body for the aluminum device is to be made by Casetek, which is a Pegatron subsidiary, according to the sources.

Citing a source "privy to the company's product designs", Nikkei's report today claims Apple will unveil three new iPhones in 2018. Kuo predicted last month that Apple was planning to launch three new iPhones next year.

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

Apple sells around 200 million smartphones every year and Samsung Display, now the sole supplier, reportedly signed a deal for 67 million units for the iPhone X.

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