Apple to eschew glass for a metal body in the rumored iPhone 9 with LCD display

Apple to eschew glass for a metal body in the rumored iPhone 9 with LCD display
Hot on the heels of the report that all 2018 iPhones will sport the "notch and horns" design indeed, comes another tidbit straight from the Land of the Rising Sun. This time, the Japanese sources deal with one particular member of Apple's expected 2018 family, the rumored "budget" model with a 6.1" display

It is apparently prepped as Apple's silver bullet for getting away from over-reliance on Korean suppliers (read: Samsung), as not only is it supposed to come with an LCD, instead of OLED display panel, but now Nikkei is also reporting that it will sport a metal body, instead of glass. 

Thus, Apple will be able to offer cheaper model, still with Face ID on board, but with a cheaper and easier to make aluminum alloy unibody, which can be offered in many more colors than the current all-glass iPhones. The iPhone 9, as it might be named, is expected to land starting at Apple's traditional $649 price tag at the base memory config. 

If Apple's foray into glass bodies taught us something this year, it is that the rumored upcoming metal iPhone is likely to be more durable than the eventual 5.85" iPhone Xs and 6.46" Xs Plus, or whatever Apple calls its next models with OLED displays.

source: Nikkei

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16 Comments

1. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hey, we just bought the iPhone X and you begin by the rumors!!!!!!

2. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

I personally don’t think that many people bought iphone x in th efirst place, i may be wrong.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wrong.. iPhone X breaking record with 50 million preorder..https://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-X-preorder-record_id98355 Oh wait.. it's just another wrong forecast by analyst, the actual preorder isn't even 1/5 of that number

11. mikehunta727 unregistered

Iphone X has sold and continues to sell like hotcakes.. no other phone is selling as much as the X currently

9. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

Wait...............a minute. So 9 is the successor of 10? From when !

15. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

The 9 succeeds the 8, the X is succeeded by the XI/11/Xs/10s

12. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Metal back? An iPhone7 with upgraded internals. There’s no way they’d create a new phone to compete with the 8 and X.

3. HKies

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 12, 2017

Iphone X become a failure hmmmm

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

iPhoneX is the future (Jony Ive said..) Using LCD and metal body again is like backpedalling from changes that they make this year What's next? bring back 3.5mm jack? meh..

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They might push 120Hz on the iPhone 9. A feature that OLEDs can't achieve. With the problem they facing on OLEDS on the X makes them revert back to LCD, which is not a bad decision.

8. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Iphone 9 is the sequel of iPhone 8 hence the reason it will be equipped with LCD. It wont have the 120Hz because it will turn out smoother than the successor of iPhone X

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The iPad has it so why won't the iPhone? The successor should be better not worst.

16. Sania

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 04, 2017

It’s not the flagship product, learn to read.

6. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

iPhone 9? 9? Seriously? I would skip the nine, make it 11 and create new series from the 10.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wait...what lol? IPhone 7 8 10, and 9 LMAOOO!

14. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Very funny to see Android lovers very hot to comment on a rumor about the next iPhone....

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