Last month, there was speculation by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, indicating that we could see three new full-screen iPhones with notched screens in 2018: one with a 6.5-inch OLED screen, another with a screen 5.8-inch OLED as the iPhone X, and yet another with a 6.1-inch LCD screen. Now, a report from Nikkei (and discovered by 9to5Mac ) says that the LCD model "will probably have a metal back" and will be "available in various colors". The document cites a single, unidentified source that supports Kuo's claim of two premium iPhones based on OLED, but differs slightly in the dimensions of what would presumably be the Plus model. "One about 6.3 inches long and the other about 5.8 inches", reports Nikkei citing its source.
While the glass on the front and back of the last three iPhone models is super bright and luxurious, the cost of repairing them can quickly burn a hole in your pocket. The iPhone X screen repair costs $ 279, more than double the price of an iPhone 6 screen replacement ($ 129) and 65% more than the iPhone 8 screen ($ 169). In addition, the glass on the back of the iPhone 8 is more expensive to fix than its front screen. Moving to an aluminum backing on the rumored 6.1-inch LCD phone would be better positioned as the base model of the iPhone and probably saving Apple and iPhone buyers, a few dollars in the process.