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IPhone X Plus: More details emerge about plans for 2018 iPhones

07 December 2017

The "Plus" model is expected to come with a larger 6.5-inch display.

Apple will release its biggest iPhone with large 6.1 inch display. 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.

Nikkie also told that new iPhone will be assembled by a new manufacturer.

According to a source with knowledge of Apple's product designs, the LCD iPhone will feature a 6.1-inch bezel-less screen and a metal back.

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.

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If true, the new models will come as welcome news to suppliers across Asia, especially Sharp and Japan Display, which would have lost a significant portion of their LCD business if Apple switched entirely to OLED displays. The more affordable price may mean the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be discontinued.

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.

Samsung Display, a unit of Samsung Electronics, is Apple's sole supplier of OLED panels, which is likely why Apple wants to maintain a lineup of LCD-equipped smartphones - at least until it has another supplier of OLED panels. Kuo, however, stated that all three 2018 models would debut with full-screen, edge-to-edge displays and the TrueDepth camera system that's now featured on the 10th anniversary iPhone.

The Japanese securities firm also claims that there will be an OLED iPhone that will feature a 5.8-inch display. This of course explains why the device is rumored to be a low-cost entry built for low-end and midrange markets.

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. Nikkei also revealed that the final teaser of Apple claimed to launch iPhone X plus in 2018.

IPhone X Plus: More details emerge about plans for 2018 iPhones