Apple's Rumored 2018 6.1-Inch Lower-Cost iPhone With LCD Display Could Feature Metal Back

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple will release three iPhones in 2018, including two OLED models and one LCD model that could feature a metal back like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, reports Nikkei.

    Citing a source "privy to the company's product designs," Nikkei says the LCD model will feature a 6.1-inch display, while the two OLED models will measure in at 5.8 inches and either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.


    The LCD model with a metal back will "come in several colors," much like existing aluminum iPhones, and the body for the device could be manufactured by Casetek, a Pegatron subsidiary.

    Nikkei's information is in line with previous details shared by KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often has accurate insight into Apple's plans, though there is some variance in size predictions for the three devices.

    Kuo believes Apple will introduce three iPhones in 2018: an OLED model that measures in at 5.8 inches like the current iPhone X, an OLED model that measures in at 6.5 inches that will serve as a sort of "iPhone X Plus," and a 6.1-inch model that features an LCD display.

    Kuo's 2018 iPhone predictions​

    Kuo has said that all three models will feature a full-screen edge-to-edge design and a TrueDepth camera system like the current iPhone X, but he made no mention of a different casing material. The current iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus all feature glass backs to support wireless charging.

    A 6.1-inch LCD model with a metal body presumably made of aluminum would not be able to work with wireless charging, and it is not clear if Apple is willing to take a step back and remove a new key feature from future iPhones.

    The 6.1-inch LCD model has thus far been described by Kuo as a lower-resolution model that will be more affordable than the two OLED models, with the aim of targeting the low-end and midrange markets.

    Since earlier this year, we've been hearing hints of a two device lineup next year, with Apple planning to introduce a larger-screened OLED iPhone to sell alongside a new 5.8-inch model, which seems like the next logical iteration of the iPhone X. The first rumor of a third device with an LCD display came from Kuo in November.

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  2. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    Such an unnecessarily bad lineup. Hopefully they get rid of that model from the 2019 lineup.
  3. kalafalas macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2008
    I love my iPhone X but my main complaint is that it’s too large. I would love a 4.x” device with the same design language and features as the current X
  4. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    This metal material could be Liquidmetal which unlike aluminum, would be able to wirelessly charge the iphone.
  5. Will.O.Bie, Dec 6, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017

    Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
    Come on 6.5" OLED X Plus, take my money and get in my pocket!!!

    And yes it will fit in my pants pocket because I don't borrow my wife's yoga pants like most guys do nowadays. I wear "regular" (if that's even a thing anymore)pants.

    I like the fact that they are making a low end LCD iPhone. Making it affordable and still have pretty great features are great combinations. Not everyone will care too much about OLED or LCD variations, as long as they own an iPhone is good enough for them.
  6. b13o0r12e3 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    London, United Kingdom
    What's up with manufacturers creating endlessly larger phones like they're suffering from small penis envy? Just make my iPhone SE X now! :D
  7. busyscott macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2015
    I like my iPhone X, but if they came out with an OLED phone with flagship-level processing power, but also included Touch ID and a headphone jack, I’d buy that ALL. DAY. LONG.
  8. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    bring on another year of rumours lol but i want the X Plus now
  9. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
  10. Lyoha macrumors newbie


    Mar 20, 2014
  11. titrau macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2017
    Why 6.1 is not belong to OLED
    6.5 is too big ,

    6.1 OLED better than 6.5
  12. Mr. Mad Vibes macrumors member

    Mr. Mad Vibes

    Apr 1, 2008
  13. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    That’s not happening.
  14. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    Such an unnecessary projection of your opinion as fact.

    I and many will like that lineup. Cost and sizing is nice with it, especially if the SE stays updated.
  15. applyr macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2015
    I didn't know they could produce an LCD screen with the unconventional design of the iPhone X. I though they could only do that with OLED technology.
  16. az431 macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    You realize this is a rumor? These phones don’t exist and likely never will.
  17. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    Lighter, stronger and more shatter resistant than the X? Yep, I'm in. I don't care at all about the so-called 'wireless' charging. Total gimmick. Just my opinion, of course.
  18. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I'm looking forward to the larger OLED phone and agree that a metal-backed phone makes little sense with Apple moving to wireless charging (especially Air Power).

    In theory it could be a replacement for the iPhone SE, but a major selling point of the SE is it's size and a 6.1" model would be significantly larger.
  19. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Bigger phones sell more than smaller ones.
  20. cmichaelb macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    Too large? Really?
  21. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    Funny, i think its just too darn small. How do you stand using such a puny device, drives me crazy.

    Well, Apple is on its way to making iphones increments of 0.1" so everyone can pick what they like.
  22. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    I don't see a lower price including a larger screen, even if the screen's tech is lower. Apple will always put a premium on the larger screens.
  23. Akagi macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2017
    I’m starting to miss Touch Id. I seem to have to enter my pin more recently to unlock the phone than with Face Id. Having both would be great.
  24. satchmo macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2008
    Okay, but how does the rest of the iPhone lineup fit in?
    Will there be an iPhone 9?

    iPhone X Plus (6.5”)
    iPhone X (5.8”)
    iPhone 9? (6.1)

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