In November, an analyst predicted that Apple would release a bigger 6.1-inch iPhone next year but with a traditional LCD display, rather than the OLED tech used on the iPhone X. Now, another source has come to back up this claim, adding that this particular model may also revert back to the metal design seen on the iPhone 5, 6 and 7.
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. Many Apple fans weren't happy with the glass back on the new iPhone models because it opens both the front and back of the device up to expensive repairs in the case of an accidental drop. While the new handset will likely be more durable, with less glass to shatter accidentally, it may drop the ability to wirelessly charge. But Apple is not going to switch entirely from LCD to OLED next year. But LG will not be able to supply more than 10 million OLED panels next year.
Alongside this metal-backed iPhone, the source claims Apple is tentatively planning two new OLED handsets, one of which would be around 5.8 inches (like the iPhone X, which is now Apple's only OLED phone) and one of roughly 6.3 inches.
The Nikkei report speculates that Apple's decision may be born from wanting to reduce its dependency on smartphone rival Samsung, its sole provider of OLED screens.
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The Japanese securities firm also claims that there will be an OLED iPhone that will feature a 5.8-inch display. Pegatron assembles the iPhone 8 for Apple. These sources spoke with Nikkei and the information does fit in well with some things that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated previously.
Apple is reportedly working on a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that's scheduled for release in 2018.
The two upcoming OLED models will be similar to the current iPhone X and will sport the same True Depth camera system, according to Nomura. This news was leaked by Nikkei, the world's largest financial newspaper.