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Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model

Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model

A new report says that Apple has three iPhones in the works for next year, including two iPhone X successors with OLED displays that should have the same design as the current model.

The next-generation iPhone will feature a metal back alike iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These presumably would stick with a glass back. Sources privy to Apple's product designs told the Nikkei Asian Review that the tech giant is planning to return to a metal chassis for the 2018 LCD iPhone. The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone would have a metal back panel and it will be available in multiple color options. Now with the all glass iPhone 8, Apple can only offer Space Grey, Silver and Gold, meanwhile the iPhone X is limited to Space Grey and Silver.

According to Kuo, the three 2018 iPhones will include a 5.8-inch OLED model, a 6.5-inch OLED model, and a 6.1-inch LCD version. 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. One model is believed to feature a 5.8-inch display, while the other model is expected to be a larger variant with a 6.2 or 6.3-inch screen.




But the cheaper iPhone with a metal back not only brings happiness for select consumers, it also brings business to LCD display manufacturers Sharp and Japan Display, which stand to lose the most with Apple's decision to finally move to OLED displays in iPhones. 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.

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.

Nikkei revealed that the low cost of iPhone would be due to usage of LCD display instead of OLED which is most expensive. The LCD iPhone, in contrast, will sell at a lower price point ($650-$750) and have a lower pixel density (320-330ppi).