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Nikkei reports that Apple is planning three new iPhones for 2018 with edge-to-edge display design similar to iPhone X. The LCD model is said to sport a 6.1-inch display while the OLED variants are likely to be offered in 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch screen sizes. The launch of another LCD model will serve as blessing to Sharp and Japan Display, the two Asian suppliers of liquid crystal display panels. Also Read - Apple introduces iOS 12.5.4 with major security updates: Is your iPhone on the list?
Apple launched three new iPhone models this year with iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sporting LCD displays and design similar to its predecessor while iPhone X features an edge-to-edge display and switches to OLED screen. All the three models feature glass back with iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus getting metal frame while iPhone X sports stainless steel casing.
Next year’s 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, however, is expected to sport a metal casing, which means it will miss out on wireless charging. The report adds that if Apple does use metal back for 2018 iPhone model then Casetek, a subsidiary of Pegatron will become supplier for the first time.
Apple is planning to launch a LCD Model next year in order to stay less reliant on Samsung. Samsung Display, a unit of Samsung Electronics is the sole supplier of OLED screens used on iPhone X and Apple wants to maintain LCD models until it finds second supplier for OLED panels.
LG Display, another supplier of OLED panels is expected to scale up production and start supplying to Apple only in 2019. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously stated that Apple is planning three new iPhones with 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch models getting OLED panels while the 6.1-inch model will use LCD display.
He added that the LCD model will be cheaper than the OLED offerings, allowing existing users upgrade to newer model at no additional cost. The focus of the LCD model is said to be the design and it is also expected to support Face ID facial recognition system.