Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model

2018 iPhones Could Catch Up to Samsung With This

Following a recent rumor that the company had signed an OLED supply deal with Apple for the iPhone X, ending the exclusivity of the current contract with Samsung, the firm was asked to make a regulatory filing clarifying the position ... All three handsets sport a glass back with either an aluminum or stainless steel frame. The benefits of OLED displays can be extended to moulding into curved screens and even foldable displays, which can be useful in the future iPhones.

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.

Out of the two models following suit, one will have the same screen of the iPhone X, i.e. a 5.8 inch, whereas the other model will come with a 6.5 inch display.

By switching back to a metal back, Apple will be able to offer more color options.

The metal casing for the 2018 LCD iPhone will be supplied by Casetek, which is a subsidiary of Apple's manufacturing partner Pegatron.

Pegatron is a smaller rival to key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group. But Apple is not going to switch entirely from LCD to OLED next year.

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The OLED display on the iPhone X has received an overwhelmingly positive response from consumers.

Other than Foxconn, current iPhone metal casing and frame suppliers include Catcher Technology and US -based Jabil.

About Making Comments on our Site: Patently Apple reserves the right to post, dismiss or edit any comments. This is hardly surprising, as Apple has been using LG Display-made LCD panels on its iPhones for years.

"That could be very risky for Apple if the US company had to rely on Samsung for the displays for more than half of its smartphone shipments".

Now, adding more info to that, a source "privy to the company's product designs" said that the cheaper LCD iPhone will feature a metal back as seen in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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