Apple developing 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with metal back case

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Alongside this metal-backed iPhone, the source claims Apple is tentatively planning two new OLED handsets, one of which would be around 5.8 inches (like the iPhone X, which is now Apple's only OLED phone) and one of roughly 6.3 inches. A new report from Nikkei this evening offers more color on that device, saying it will feature a metal back similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus... Many Apple fans weren't happy with the glass back on the new iPhone models because it opens both the front and back of the device up to expensive repairs in the case of an accidental drop.

We've heard rumors that Apple's 2018 iPhone lineup will primarily consist of handsets featuring an edge-to-edge iPhone X design, but not all might feature that handset's glass back or OLED display.

Citing a source "privy to the company's product designs", Nikkei's report today claims Apple will unveil three new iPhones in 2018.

However, this new LCD iPhone could be seen in Apple's new colour schemes such as Silver, Space Gray and Gold.

Nikkie also told that new iPhone will be assembled by a new manufacturer. The more affordable price may mean the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be discontinued. What do you think of Apple returning to aluminum with the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone next year? The benefits of OLED displays can be extended to moulding into curved screens and even foldable displays, which can be useful in the future iPhones. Accommodating such large displays in an iPhone shouldn't be alarming as the Cupertino tech giant plans to incorporate iPhone X's bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio, KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted. However, there is some difference between in details that the Nikkei sources claim and what Kuo has claimed.

The LCD iPhone, meanwhile, will cost between $650 and $900. It's believed that it's harder for Apple to produce additional color options in the glass back design of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, hence why this year's models are available in fewer color variations than last year's.

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