Apple might move back to metal for one iPhone 9 model

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Apple could also opt to go with a new supplier for the LCD model.

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.

Besides the LCD-variant, Apple is going to launch two other iPhones with OLED displays measuring 5.8- and 6.5-inches respectively. According to Nikkei, the metallic iPhone will come in several colours, but nothing more than what the current aluminium iPhones offer. Meanwhile, the iPhone X only comes in Silver or Space Gray and the iPhone 8 in Silver, Spacer Gray, and Gold. And, unlike LCD screens, OLED panes can be molded to fit a casing.

"We think the focus for 2H18F new iPhones is to optimize those technologies in terms of performance and costs and adopt a broader iPhone portfolio, rather than bring in more significant technology changes into new iPhones", the Nomura note reads. 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 benefits of OLED displays can be extended to moulding into curved screens and even foldable displays, which can be useful in the future iPhones. Analysts suggest this device could cost between $650 and $900, with Apple achieving the price cut by dropping the expensive OLED display and Force Touch tech.

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That's the word from a new report on Business Insider, citing supply chain sources, backing up claims made by analyst Ming Chi Kuo last month. Additional reports from Nikkei and Nomura Securities Co. What do you think of Apple returning to aluminum with the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone next year?

Opting to not use OLED displays for all of its iPhones next year makes sense for Apple and will ensure the company is not completely dependant on rival Samsung Electronics Co.

Apple is reportedly working on a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that's scheduled for release in 2018.

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