Leaked 2018 Apple iPhone Will Have An 18:9 6.1 Inch LCD Display
2017 saw the launch of three iPhones at the annual launch event in September. Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that were, more or less, incremental upgrades over their predecessors. The iPhone X was launched alongside and was deemed as the true successor to the original iPhone that was launched in 2007. The iPhone X represented the future of iPhones in terms of design and a few key hardware features.
Immediately after the launch of the iPhone X, it was reported that Apple would launch three iPhones in 2018 with a design similar to the iPhone X. One of these three iPhones was reported to be the “affordable” iPhone with an LCD display as the other two would have an OLED panel. This iPhone with the LCD display is expected to be launched at around US $700, which means it would replace the iPhone 8 from 2017 in the price category.
While these were predictions from researchers so far, a new rumour claims to know more than just the screen size of this upcoming iPhone. It claims that the screen panel to be used on the iPhone is JDI’s Full Active panel which was launched in June 2017. This comes with 18:9 aspect ratio, thin bezels and a 2160 x 1080 px resolution. Nowadays, this configuration has become a pre-requisite for mid-range devices as well.
This means that this iPhone will be less wide than the other two iPhones. The iPhone X has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio while JDI’s Full Active display has an 18:9 aspect ratio. Apple will most probably retain the iPhone X’s configuration for the other two iPhones that will launch in 2018.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, using LCD panels instead of OLED is a design compromise that will allow the company to sell the iPhone at a price similar to the iPhone 8. Also, this iPhone will swap stainless steel frame with an aluminium frame, there will be no 3D Touch, and just like the iPhone 8, it will have a single camera on the back.