Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model

Apple may bring back the metal casing for a 2018 iPhone

Apple planning lower-cost iPhone for 2018 – reports

Looks like Apple is not yet ready to bid farewell to LCD. The device is expected to cost less than the iPhone X successor, for it is sporting a liquid crystal display.

The next-generation iPhone will feature a metal back alike iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

First spotted by GizmoChina, Nomura claims that LCD display iPhone which is expected to launch in 2018 will feature an edge-to-edge design similar to the iPhone X. There will be a single camera setup on the rear and is also expected to come with FaceID feature. "The 6.1-inch LCD model will likely sport a metal back [like older iPhone handsets] and will come in several colors", the source was quoted as saying. Apple's new iPhone will also revert to aluminium chassis that means that no wireless charging will be offered. Ltd will only be able to provide Apple with an estimated 10 million OLED displays in 2018, according to Eric Chiou, an analyst at Taipei-based research company WitsView Technology Corp. Nikkei has learned that for these two handsets, Apple has chosen to use OLED screens. A recent report by Nomura, a noted Japanese securities firm, has now predicted that come 2018, Apple will produce two OLED and one LC iPhones.

Apple will release its biggest iPhone with large 6.1 inch display.

NIkkei's report does not mention the design of the phones' front panel. The iPhone X Plus is also mooted to come with dual SIM support.

Next year's LCD iPhone is expected to be the more affordable option, with Apple also introducing a new OLED model at around 6.5-inches (KGI says 6.5-inches, Nikkei says "either 6.2 or 6.3-inches").

The low-end LCD device out of the three will be assembled by Pegatron and possibly Wistron. So it's best to take all these rumors with a grain of salt.

The LCD iPhone, meanwhile, will cost between $650 and $900.

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