Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model

Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model

The device is expected to cost less than the iPhone X successor, for it is sporting a liquid crystal display. Kuo has claimed that this model will be featuring a 6.1-inch TFT LCD screen. Casetek now supplies Apple with LCD screens for its iPads, so it could also be tapped by Apple to supply the new iPhone model with LCD panels. 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. The final size is yet to be agreed but its will be either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.

Nikkei's source further divulged that Apple is outfitting the LCD model with a metal back case - the same one used on the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

After facing troubles with iPhone X which has been ranked even lower than iPhone 8 by Consumers Report because of its easily breakable sleek glass body, Apple is planning to change course.

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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. While the other two handsets with 5.8 and the 6.3-inch screen will feature OLED displays and metallic back.

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. It's unclear how big it'll be, but the analysts say the phone will have the same TrueDepth camera that powers the 3D facial recognition system inside the iPhone X. The display will not have 3D Touch, and it'll feature a single-lens camera on the back. The phone will come alongside another OLED phone which will be the "Plus" model of the 5.8-inch iPhone. It would be a shocker if the tech giant confirmed or denied any of the rumored specs or features of the 2018 lineup at this point.

Recent reports did say that Apple is working on LCD versions of the iPhone X and that a dual-SIM iPhone may be in the works for next year.

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