The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone would have a metal back panel and it will be available in multiple color options. In a note distributed to investors earlier this week, several of Nomura's predictions also align with those of Kuo, including the 6.5-inch model.
If you're skipping an iPhone upgrade this year for a much-advanced iPhone next year, will you go with the LCD or OLED variant?
Now, adding more info to that, a source "privy to the company's product designs" said that the cheaper LCD iPhone will feature a metal back as seen in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
On Wednesday, Nikkei learned from a source with knowledge on Apple's plans that the tech giant is releasing a more affordable iPhone model next year.
Opting to not use OLED displays for all of its iPhones next year makes sense for Apple and will ensure the company is not completely dependant on rival Samsung Electronics Co. Consumer Reports said the iPhone X screens broke more often than those of the iPhone 8 during its drop tests. 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.
According to KGI Securities, the 2018 LCD iPhone would "differ significantly" from the OLED models.
While iPhone rumors are a dime a dozen, especially this soon after a brand new release, it's worth noting that the Nikkei report aligns up nicely with a previous research note from Ming-Chi Kuo, largely considered the most accurate Apple analyst on the planet.
The two sport a big difference in screen, as the iPhone X got a huge upgrade into OLED, which offers ideal blacks and more vivid colors, as well as higher resolution 2436 x 1125. iPhone 8 still uses the old IPS LCD display. Additional reports from Nikkei and Nomura Securities Co. All three handsets will come with Apple's TrueDepth camera for Face ID. The 5.8-inch OLED iPhone would offer a pixel density of 458ppi, same as the current iPhone X. The 6.5-inch OLED iPhone would have a pixel density of 480-500ppi. Kuo predicted last month that Apple was planning to launch three new iPhones next year.