If you are one of those who would rather have a metal back instead of glass, the objective of which is to allow wireless charging, there's some good news for you.
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.
Looking ahead to 2018, Apple's iPhone lineup stands to become more varied than ever.
"The 6.1-inch LCD model will likely sport a metal back [like older iPhone handsets] that will come in several colors", said the source, adding that the two OLED handsets will come in two sizes: one either 6.2 or 6.3 inches long, and the other 5.8 inches. But Apple is not going to switch entirely from LCD to OLED next year. In drop-test videos by EverythingApplePro, PhoneBuff, and JerryRigEverything, the iPhone X was found to be more durable than the iPhone 8.
While Consumer Reports called the phone an "innovative device with a fantastic camera and handsome display", the iPhone X lost to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in a full comparison of the phones because it was flimsy. The report noted that while LG's goal is to enter Apple's supply chain in full force in 2019, LG may be able to begin producing some OLED displays by the second half of 2018.
It was only last week that we posted a follow-up report titled "China's Largest OLED Supplier Shared Business Plan with Apple for Dedicated Production Lines Exclusively for future iPhones". The 5.8-inch OLED iPhone would offer a pixel density of 458ppi, same as the current iPhone X. The 6.5-inch OLED iPhone would have a pixel density of 480-500ppi. Casetek has made iPads in the past, but the 6.1-inch LCD device would be its first iPhone. According to a new report from Nikkei, Apple next year will introduce three new iPhone models. The LCD iPhone, in contrast, will sell at a lower price point ($650-$750) and have a lower pixel density (320-330ppi). The Cupertino company has confirmed none of this, but both Nikkei Asian Review and Ming-Chi Kuo have a proven track record when it comes to leaking details about unannounced Apple products.