Nikkei revealed that the low cost of iPhone would be due to usage of LCD display instead of OLED which is most expensive. A recent report by Nomura, a noted Japanese securities firm, has now predicted that come 2018, Apple will produce two OLED and one LC iPhones.
Next year's LCD iPhone is expected to be the more affordable option, with Apple also introducing a new OLED model at around 6.5-inches (KGI says 6.5-inches, Nikkei says "either 6.2 or 6.3-inches"). Additional reports from Nikkei and Nomura Securities Co.
Kuo has also claimed that the 6.1-inch iPhone would come with a lower-resolution display. In a note distributed to investors earlier this week, several of Nomura's predictions also align with those of Kuo, including the 6.5-inch model.
"The 6.1-inch LCD model will likely sport a metal back (like older iPhone handsets) that will come in several colours".
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Apple could also opt to go with a new supplier for the LCD model. The third iPhone to be released next fall is supposedly an LCD-based model that will still look very much like the iPhone X. A second Nikkei source said Casetek has already been "experimenting with new casings for the LCD-equipped iPhone".
The LCD iPhone, meanwhile, will cost between $650 and $900.
Finally, the Nomura analysts say the rear camera on next year's iPhones won't have 3D-sensing capabilities. Ltd, the current manufacturer of its OLED panels. And now, there are reports that Apple will be launching three phones in 2018 as well. The phone will come alongside another OLED phone which will be the "Plus" model of the 5.8-inch iPhone.
If the latest rumors are correct, the next-generation 2018 Apple iPhones will likely have dual-SIM support. Samsung announced Tuesday that it had started mass production of a 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage memory chip for mobile devices.