Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model
Dec 07 2017 by Michele Stevens
The report contains information about how both these models will have similar specs as that of the iPhone X, except one notable difference: dual sim support! At least one of the 2018 iPhones would have the LCD panel. This is in spite of Apple's decision to move forward with OLED screens for its flagship handsets. CR described the latest iPhone model an "innovative device with a fantastic camera and lovely display", but average durability. OLED offers a better contrast and brighter display compared to the LCD screens. "This means Apple could be forced to reveal too many of its product plans to a rival, which would be a concern", Chiou said. Nikkei says Apple is reluctant to switch entirely to OLED in 2018 due to the fear of becoming over-reliant on Samsung.
LG Display has been a solid partner of Apple over the last 10 years, providing liquid crystal displays until the United States smartphone maker turned to Samsung Electronics for OLED screens for the iPhone X for the first time. Samsung Display, a unit of Samsung Electronics, is the sole supplier of these flexible OLED panels. Comparatively, OLED panels deliver more saturated colors and truer black tones. Casetek, a subsidiary of iPhone 8 manufacturer Pegatron Corp., could be selected to make the LCD iPhone. But with each successive release, Apple slowly began to diversify its iPhone lineup on all fronts.
The Japanese publication added that Pegatron and Casetek could finalize a suitable production process to integrate their offerings for 2018 iPhone orders. Apple also sources metal casings and frames from Jabil and Catcher Technology. The report noted that while LG's goal is to enter Apple's supply chain in full force in 2019, LG may be able to begin producing some OLED displays by the second half of 2018. Kuo has claimed that this model will be featuring a 6.1-inch TFT LCD screen. Casetek has made iPads in the past, but the 6.1-inch LCD device would be its first iPhone. While the third device would be a more budget-friendly option and will trade the OLED display for a 6.1-inch liquid-crystal display.
Ming-Chi Kuo told investors that the next year's LCD iPhone would borrow a few elements from the iPhone X. It would ditch the Touch ID fingerprint reader for the new TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID and Animoji.