Apple's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone may not arrive until October, says analyst

Apple's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone may not arrive until October, says analyst

Recently, it was reported that Apple had ordered a total of 20 million LCD panels from LG Display for its 6.1-inch iPhone model, an order that would complement the displays manufactured by JDI. Despite Apple’s historical use of LCD panels in its smartphones, though, the company appears to be facing some production issues that have ultimately delayed the release of its budget offering.

According to analyst Katy Huberty, while Apple is seemingly having no issues with the production of OLED displays destined for use in the 2018 iPhone X and X Plus, the Silicon Valley-based giant has encountered problems with backlight leakage when it comes to the 6.1-inch LCD panel it has ordered. This issue has reportedly arisen because of the new all-screen design that Apple is aiming to achieve, something that has made production much more difficult and has ultimately delayed the displays by around four weeks – previously, production was running six weeks behind schedule.

Although Apple’s OLED devices are expected to prove popular with consumers, most reports expect the LCD offering to be the most popular model upon launch due to its lower price tag. Because of this, and the fact that shipments may not begin until October, it’s now predicted that Apple’s financial report in the quarter ending December may take a hit due to slightly lower sales than initially estimated.

On a more positive note, though, the fact that Apple’s higher-priced OLED offerings will be available to purchase by the end of September could bode well for the company’s finances. After all, profit margins are understood to be much higher on its flagship 2018 iPhone X and iPhone X Plus.

source: Barron's via: 9To5Mac

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3 Comments

1. Ali888

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

Why do they always announce stuff and only release it months later?

2. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Actually Apple has been one of the better ones but it's starting to change for the worse. They like to stick to their September events and they are facing production issues. If September passes with no announcements it will be bad for apple because people will probably look elsewhere.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2106; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple just invented a cash cow with this device...this and the X Plus will be a hit...

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