6.1-inch 2018 iPhone Could Feature MLCD+ Display As Seen on LG G7 ThinQ


Multiple rumors have claimed that Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup will include a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with a notched display. Now, a Korean report indicates that Apple will be making use of LG’s latest MLCD display on the handset.

LG is already using the MLCD+ display on its recently unveiled flagship, the LG G7 ThinQ. Compared to regular LCD panels, MLCD+ panels feature higher brightness levels, wider DCI-P3 color gamut support, and consume less power whilst offering a host of other benefits. MLCD+ panel features an extra white subpixel which allows them to reach brightness levels of up to 1000 nits while still offering a 30 percent improvement in power consumption.

Another important advantage of MLCD+ panel is that they allow for thinner bezels which might just seal the deal for Apple to go for this new LCD display tech on its 6.1-inch iPhone.

After all, this new iPhone is expected to sport the same design as the iPhone X which means it should have almost no bezels. However, this won’t be possible if Apple ends up using a regular LCD panel as their touch controller is not flexible and needs to be located either at the top or bottom of the device. The switch to MLCD+ panel was a key factor in allowing LG to reduce the bottom bezel size on the G7 by over 50 percent when compared to the G6.

Our Take

The use of an MLCD+ panel on the 6.1-inch iPhone will allow Apple to keep costs down while still offering an experience close to the OLED variants. Currently, LG Display is the lone supplier of MLCD+ panels so it remains to be seen if Apple will source the panels from them and ditch its another long-term supplier, JDI for its 2018 iPhone lineup.

This is the first time we are hearing reports of Apple switching to an MLCD+ panel so it is better we take it with a grain of salt. After all, this is still a relatively new tech and there’s only one supplier for it, and it is widely known that Apple does not like to rely on just one supplier for a key iPhone component.

[Via Business Korea]