According to sources claiming to be "privy to the company's product designs" the 2018 iPhone models will include two OLED models with a 6.2 or 6.3-inch screen. People were quick to judge Apple's decision as displays on iPhones are easily prone to damage, and now there's glass on both sides only to increase that risk.
Sources told Nikkei that Apple was also planning to release two iPhones with OLED screens.
The same source revealed that Pegatron subsidiary Casetek could become the supplier of the metal backs for the 6.1-inch iPhone units.
Regarding the OLED supply deal for Apple's iPhone X, nothing has been set in detail. Nikkei has learned that for these two handsets, Apple has chosen to use OLED screens. It's unclear how big it'll be, but the analysts say the phone will have the same TrueDepth camera that powers the 3D facial recognition system inside the iPhone X. The display will not have 3D Touch, and it'll feature a single-lens camera on the back. Pegatron assembles the iPhone 8 for Apple. Accommodating such large displays in an iPhone shouldn't be alarming as the Cupertino tech giant plans to incorporate iPhone X's bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio, KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted.
Alongside this metal-backed iPhone, the source claims Apple is tentatively planning two new OLED handsets, one of which would be around 5.8 inches (like the iPhone X, which is now Apple's only OLED phone) and one of roughly 6.3 inches. The report stated that LG Display was in the process of setting up production equipment in order to supply Apple with some 60 million OLED panels, with expectations being that production would start around June 2018. A second Nikkei source said Casetek has already been "experimenting with new casings for the LCD-equipped iPhone".
As per usual, Apple is pretty mum in the wake of emerging rumors about its future iPhones.
The LCD iPhone, meanwhile, will cost between $650 and $900.
We're still a ways off from Apple introducing next year's iPhones, so this report should be taken with a grain of salt at this point.