Apple planning LCD iPhone with a metal case for 2018

Report: Next year's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to feature metal backing, not glass

Report: Next year's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to feature metal backing, not glass

This is in spite of Apple's decision to move forward with OLED screens for its flagship handsets. Casetek now supplies Apple with LCD screens for its iPads, so it could also be tapped by Apple to supply the new iPhone model with LCD panels.

"The 6.1-inch LCD model will likely sport a metal back [like older iPhone handsets] that will come in several colors", said the source, adding that the two OLED handsets will come in two sizes: one either 6.2 or 6.3 inches long, and the other 5.8 inches. 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.

If Apple does use a metal back for the LCD model, Casetek, a subsidiary of Pegatron, could become a supplier. It is said to be the most cheapest iPhone of Apple ever.

Apple is likely to release another new iPhone with a liquid crystal display next year, according to a source privy to the company's product designs. Nikkei also revealed that the final teaser of Apple claimed to launch iPhone X plus in 2018.

We already know that Apple might release an LCD iPhone next year alongside 2 OLED models, with all 3 set to feature full-screen displays. A new Nikkei report is now here to fill in some more details on the first. Retaining the LCD models will also help beef up the iPhone lineup, as they will be available in different colors.

Kuo has also claimed that the 6.1-inch iPhone would come with a lower-resolution display. This of course explains why the device is rumored to be a low-cost entry built for low-end and midrange markets. The final size is yet to be agreed but its will be either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.