Rumor: 6.1-inch LCD iPhone Launch Delayed Until November Due to Display Yield Issues

iPhone 8 Plus front view

The season of sketchy iPhone rumors is running at full swing ahead of WWDC 2018. While Apple will not be unveiling any new iPhone at its developer conference, there has been an increase in the number of baseless leaks surrounding the company’s 2018 iPhone lineup. Today’s leak comes from a Korean report which claims the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is running behind schedule and won’t launch until November.

Reports have pointed to Apple launching three new iPhones this year. This will include a 5.8-inch iPhone X alongside a bigger 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus. There will be a third new addition to the lineup in the form of a 6.1-inch model featuring a notched LCD display. It will also make other compromises to reach its lower $550-600 price tag.

This handset will now launch in November instead of late September alongside the other two iPhones because of a yield issue with the LCD display. The production of the panels have been delayed by two months due to which it might not go until sale in November. Apple is apparently sourcing the LCD panels from LG Display and JDI. While both these companies have been making LCD panels for years, the notch is leading to yield issues.

Our Take

There might be a bit of truth to this report but until we hear more from other sources, my recommendation would be to take it with a pinch of salt. So far, most OEMs that have adopted a notched display on their handset have used an OLED panel on it. The Essential Phone and LG’s G7 are the only exception here as they both feature an LCD panel. And given that LG Display is supplying Apple with the panels, its unclear why it is facing yield issues.

[Via The Bell]