In 2017, Apple shook things up with the release of the iPhone X, the company's first OLED iPhone and the first iPhone to do away with the tried and true home button. The "Plus" model is expected to come with a larger 6.5-inch display.
Apple are also rumored to introduce a new iPhone Se next year, although this device is not expected to come with Face ID.
With more OLED suppliers in the wings for 2018-2019, Samsung having exclusivity for iPhone displays will be coming to end in the not-too-distant future. The source said that there was a good chance that Casetek would win orders for the LCD model, as the design may be akin to iPads, which the Pegatron subsidiary is already supplying casing for.
Nikkei added that the LCD model will have a metal back, which suggests it might not pack newer technologies such as wireless charging.
Granted, I've been using many of my favorite apps in "dark mode" to enjoy the dynamic range of the OLED screen - Twitter and the excellent Apollo Reddit client, chief among them - but I still spend a lot of time using this phone to watch videos, GIFs, take notes, set reminders, make calls, and constantly refresh Twitter. Additional reports from Nikkei and Nomura Securities Co.
All the phones will come with the same "notch" as the recently launched iPhone X, and an identical all-screen look.
The iPhone X, which was released last month, was the first iPhone to feature an OLED display.
Apple might launch two iPhone with OLED displays, while the third one would be equipped with a standard LCD.
One point not referenced by Nikkei, and brought up by Kuo in a previous investor note, is that the aforementioned 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model will feature an edgeless display. You don't want to feel like you just burned $1,000 if your iPhone X shatters when you (inevitably) drop it in your driveway when you're getting out of your auto, now do you?
In September Patently Apple posted a report titled "LG Could Possibly Enter Apple's OLED Supply Chain as early as H2 2018 if Plans are on Track".