The iPhone 9 may be released in November, as LCD light leakage plagues the notch


To LCD or not to LCD? That may be the question Apple is struggling with when it comes to its rumored "affordable" 6.1" iPhone, whose CAD-based render you see above. Hot on the heels of the rumor that Apple may swap LCD for OLED at some point, comes today's report claiming that the iPhone 9, or whatever Apple calls its single-camera phone this year, will be released no earlier than November.

That's a month (or two, depending on when the fall iPhone crop is scheduled for announcement) later than the usual launch timeframe for iPhones, but let's not forget that, last year, the iPhone X was the one that shipped much later than the 8 and 8 Plus, due to production yield problems with the brand new TrueDepth camera kit needed for FaceID. Well, this year TrueDepth production should have been mastered already, but the LCD panel is reportedly causing the same yield problems.

Apple has allegedly tasked JDI with its Full Active screen tech, and LG Display, to produce the 6.1" panel, but going around Apple's huge notch may have proved more problematic than expected. The industry sources cite issues with light leakage around the notch at both manufacturers, which will be hard to circumvent, and might lead to a delayed release. Granted, LG already has a top-shelf LCD phone with a notch on the market, but the G7's protrusion is much narrower, and, besides, who knows what heavy quality demands Apple is posing towards its suppliers. At purported 150.9mm x 76.5mm x 7.7mm, this upcoming iPhone is arguably Apple's first big-screen phone in a fairly compact body that also comes at "affordable" for the company's standards price tag, so Apple has a lot riding on its sales.

On the bright side, an LCD iPhone announcement later than the high-end OLED successors of the iPhone X, may force early upgraders to splurge for the more expensive models this year, which would be a total reverse of Apple's strategy in 2017 that led to lukewarm X sales, compared to the analysts' forecast. Win-win, yet the report warns that, due to the delayed release, Apple may sell "just" 30-40 million LCD iPhone units this year, and 75 million OLED ones. Poor team from Cupertino.

source: The Bell (translated) & Steve HemmerStoffer (@onleaks)

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11 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31029; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just go OLED all around.

4. Sandy34

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 21, 2017

A good OLED panel can cost twice as much as a good IPS LCD panel. This cuts down on price significantly.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't think they can produce 250+ million HQ OLED panels with notch.

2. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Well the 2019 iphones models might not have that problem since it has been said apple may remove that notch on it over all models especially oled iphones with inscreen ultrasonic fps & lcd iphones with JDI full active dsiplay with pixel eyes tech (inscreen optical fps) and triple cameras on it oled models & duo cameras on lcd models with ios13 being a new virtual home,navigation,multitask design languge upgrade and AR Kit3.0 with A13 A76 cortex chips cores over A75 on it 2nd gen 7nm chip with EUV process node over 1st 7nm tsmc optical process node chip with 5G modem chip later on A14 chip.Going to skip this years iphones models for 2019 or 2020 iphones models if leaks turn out to be true constantly.Its same as S9 as S8,G7 as G6.only vivo NEX,htc u12+,xz2,bbkey2,lenovo z5,mi mix 3,nokia pentalens camera are some good upgrade this years.

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

No matter if LCD or Oled. Should buy a better than currently used. Higher resolution, more DCI-P3 and sRGB values. Too low compared to Samsung and Sony phones.

5. gamehead unregistered

So the notch is not only an eyesore, but it's causing issues as well?

8. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

It isn't causing issues with anyone else, this is all Apple

7. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The notch though, ugh! I do not understand why Apple doggedly insists on sticking with it.

10. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

the notch is so big

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