With the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus behind it, the iPhone rumor mill has now started focusing on next year’s models. A rumor originating from Korea claims Apple will be launching at least one iPhone variant featuring a 6-inch LCD display in 2018.
Previous rumors surrounding the 2018 iPhone pointed to Apple using 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch OLED panels on them. However, today’s rumor claims Apple has ditched plans of launching an iPhone with a 5.28-inch OLED display and instead replace it with a 6-inch LCD display variant. The report is based on inputs of local Korean suppliers who are a part of Apple’s supply chain.
Citing local parts makers, the report said Apple had originally given panel orders to Samsung Display, its sole OLED supplier, under a plan to launch three OLED iPhones next year — 5.28-, 5.85-, and 6.46-inch models. But the report said the development work for the 5.28-inch model has recently been suspended possibly due to the low marketability of the smaller version.
Apple scrapped the plans of launching a 5.28-inch iPhone due to its “low marketability.” More and more consumers are switching to iPhones — and smartphones in general — with a bigger screen so launching a 5.28-inch iPhone next year would have made it a hard sell. This trend has further seen an uptick with the advent of bezel-less smartphones.
Japan Display will continue supplying Apple with LCD display panels for 2018 iPhone featuring a 6-inch display, with Samsung Display supplying the OLED panels for the other two 5.85-inch and 6.46-inch models.
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