Apple planning LCD iPhone with a metal case for 2018

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The third iPhone to be released next fall is supposedly an LCD-based model that will still look very much like the iPhone X.

Speaking to Nikkei, the source, who's apparently "privy to the company's product designs", said that Apple will launch a 6.1-inch LCD phone that will "probably" have a metal back available in several colors. What do you think of Apple returning to aluminum with the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone next year? Apple's new iPhone will also revert to aluminium chassis that means that no wireless charging will be offered. Meanwhile, the iPhone X only comes in Silver or Space Gray and the iPhone 8 in Silver, Spacer Gray, and Gold.

A different source disclosed that Casetek is already trying out new casings for the LCD model in hopes that it would be chosen to supply the back case for the 6.1-inch iPhone.

If Apple does use metal backs for the next iPhone, Casetek, a subsidiary of iPhone assembler Pegatron, could become a supplier for the first time. It is said to be the most cheapest iPhone of Apple ever.

We're still a ways off from Apple introducing next year's iPhones, so this report should be taken with a grain of salt at this point.

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MacRumors pointed out that Nikkei's report is, for the most part, in line with what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted for the 2018 lineup of iPhones. Analysts suggest this device could cost between $650 and $900, with Apple achieving the price cut by dropping the expensive OLED display and Force Touch tech.

NIkkei's report does not mention the design of the phones' front panel.

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.

Kuo has also claimed that the 6.1-inch iPhone would come with a lower-resolution display.

Apple is reportedly working on a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that's scheduled for release in 2018.