Next year's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will be made differently from the OLED models
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared last month that Apple is likely to launch three new iPhone models in 2018 which will include two OLED iPhones (5.8-inches and 6.5-inches) and one LCD iPhone (6.1-inches). While all three iPhone models are said to sport the controversial "notch" design, the latest rumor suggests that the LCD iPhone model will be made differently from the other two OLED models.
A source told Nikkei Asian Review that the OLED iPhone might come with a metal back similar to the iPhone 7. In addition, it will be available in a variety of colors. Another source claims that Casetek, which is a subsidiary of iPhone assembler Pegatron, is a potential iPhone supplier. Casetek is reportedly testing new casings for the LCD iPhone model.
"The 6.1-inch LCD model will probably sport a metal back [like older iPhones] available in several colors," said the source, adding that the two OLED handsets will come in two sizes: one about 6.3 inches long and the other 5.8 inches.
Nikkei Asian Review believes the decision to continue using LCD for one iPhone model would reduce Apple's reliance on Samsung to supply OLED panels for its iPhone lineup. Eric Chou, an analyst at Taipei-based research firm WitsView shared the same view:
"It would be very risky for Apple to rely on Samsung for displays of more than half its smartphone shipments, Chiou said. "This would mean that Apple could be forced to reveal too many of its product plans to a rival, which would be concerning,
The other two OLED iPhones next year are expected to have the same design as the iPhone X although Apple could use more parts for the stainless steel frame to improve data transmission quality.