2018 iPhone to Sport 6.1-inch LCD, Colorful Metal Backs

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The Korean company is the sole supplier of OLED displays for the iPhone X. Apple will maintain a lineup of LCD iPhones until it has another supplier of OLED screens.

With more OLED suppliers in the wings for 2018-2019, Samsung having exclusivity for iPhone displays will be coming to end in the not-too-distant future. Casetek, a subsidiary of iPhone 8 manufacturer Pegatron Corp., could be selected to make the LCD iPhone.

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. However, there is some difference between in details that the Nikkei sources claim and what Kuo has claimed. The process would be similar to how Foxconn works with its metal frame and casing production units.

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Other than Foxconn, current iPhone metal casing and frame suppliers include Catcher Technology and USA -based Jabil. Kuo predicted last month that Apple was planning to launch three new iPhones next year.

While iPhone rumors are a dime a dozen, especially this soon after a brand new release, it's worth noting that the Nikkei report aligns up nicely with a previous research note from Ming-Chi Kuo, largely considered the most accurate Apple analyst on the planet. According to the long-time reviewer of just about anything that's ever been on American retail shelves, the iPhone 8 is more durable than the iPhone X, and can operate longer on a fully charged battery than the more-expensive model. While the third device would be a more budget-friendly option and will trade the OLED display for a 6.1-inch liquid-crystal display. Casetek has made iPads in the past, but the 6.1-inch LCD device would be its first iPhone.

According to sources claiming to be "privy to the company's product designs" the 2018 iPhone models will include two OLED models with a 6.2 or 6.3-inch screen. The LCD iPhone, in contrast, will sell at a lower price point ($650-$750) and have a lower pixel density (320-330ppi). All three handsets will come with Apple's TrueDepth camera for Face ID.