Apple planning LCD iPhone with metal case for 2018

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Us-based Consumer Reports recently said after an experiment that the iPhone X is inferior to other smartphones in terms of durability and battery life. CR described the latest iPhone model an "innovative device with a fantastic camera and lovely display", but average durability. The LCD model with the metal back is tipped to feature a 6.1-inch screen.

First spotted by GizmoChina, Nomura claims that LCD display iPhone which is expected to launch in 2018 will feature an edge-to-edge design similar to the iPhone X. There will be a single camera setup on the rear and is also expected to come with FaceID feature.

A local media outlet reported that LG Display signed a OLED supply deal with Apple for iPhone X and that the firm is now setting up production equipment for iPhone X in Paju E6 assembly line. But Apple is not going to switch entirely from LCD to OLED next year.

Looking ahead to 2018, Apple's iPhone lineup stands to become more varied than ever. The nearly bezel-less phone sports a screen that stretches right to the edges, a futuristic design that makes it more eye-catching than usual. Specifically, the company's rumored to introduce a cheaper 6.1-inch bezel-less LCD iPhone next year, and to make it cheaper to produce, the company may opt to include a metal enclosure rather full-on glass like the iPhone 8 and X. This would make the phone even cheaper for consumers and put less pressure on Apple who could result in making units on a larger scale, resulting in a steady rollout.

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.

The low-end LCD device out of the three will be assembled by Pegatron and possibly Wistron.

As per usual, Apple is pretty mum in the wake of emerging rumors about its future iPhones. Kuo predicted last month that Apple was planning to launch three new iPhones next year.