Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model

IPhone X vs. iPhone 8 durability; Tim Cook keeps talking in China

Durability and Battery Life of iPhone X Called into Question

This is in spite of Apple's decision to move forward with OLED screens for its flagship handsets.

In the meantime, Apple refused to accept the result of the experiment, claiming that the iPhone X is the most durable glass-based smartphone, although it commented that Consumer Reports tested the durability of the iPhone X with strict criteria. Rumours are rife that Apple will be launching three iPhones next year, out of which one is going to be a low-priced model with LCD display measuring 6.1 inches. Casetek, a subsidiary of iPhone 8 manufacturer Pegatron Corp., could be selected to make the LCD iPhone.

Nikkei added that the LCD model will have a metal back, which suggests it might not pack newer technologies such as wireless charging. Then again, if Apple sticks to the bezel-less design, a 5.8-inch iPhone should feel fairly close in the hand to a 4.7-inch iPhone 8, 7 or 6. The infamous "notch" that was introduced on the iPhone X will come in these phones as well. Nikkei has learned that for these two handsets, Apple has chosen to use OLED screens.

According to Kuo, the three 2018 iPhones will include a 5.8-inch OLED model, a 6.5-inch OLED model, and a 6.1-inch LCD version.

Nikkei's report corroborates with predictions from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X all have glass backs, having moved away from the metal rears of past generations, but according to a source at least one of 2018's models might switch back to a metal rear. The nearly bezel-less phone sports a screen that stretches right to the edges, a futuristic design that makes it more eye-catching than usual. 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. While the third device would be a more budget-friendly option and will trade the OLED display for a 6.1-inch liquid-crystal display.

As per usual, Apple is pretty mum in the wake of emerging rumors about its future iPhones.

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