Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model

Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model

Switching from OLED to LCD wouldn't be a big deal, provided that it entails a lower price. At least one of the 2018 iPhones would have the LCD panel.

Nikkie also told that new iPhone will be assembled by a new manufacturer.

The folks over at Nikkei cite their own sources, which state that the new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will sport a metal back and come in several colors. But Apple will be able to lower the cost of the iPhone, making sure consumers are not left completely out of an option to upgrade to the latest iPhones next year. Nikkei has learned that for these two handsets, Apple has chosen to use OLED screens.

Apple could also opt to go with a new supplier for the LCD model. Comparatively, OLED panels deliver more saturated colors and truer black tones. The body for the aluminum device is to be made by Casetek, which is a Pegatron subsidiary, according to the sources. 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. Casetek already supplies metal casings for the iPads, so it's familiar with Apple's design language. However, there is some difference between in details that the Nikkei sources claim and what Kuo has claimed. Casetek has close links with its parent company. Kuo predicted last month that Apple was planning to launch three new iPhones next year.

Out of the two models following suit, one will have the same screen of the iPhone X, i.e. a 5.8 inch, whereas the other model will come with a 6.5 inch display. The analysts also said that Apple's 2018 iPhones may offer as much as 512GB of storage, and the iPhone X Plus version will support two SIM cards.

Apple is reportedly working on a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that's scheduled for release in 2018. It will be enabled with Face ID feature and it is expected to be priced between $650 to $900. It also means that the LCD iPhone would feature incredibly slim bezels with a notch. This news was leaked by Nikkei, the world's largest financial newspaper.

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