There have been reports suggesting Apple would go “all in” on OLED technology with its iPhone lineup in 2018. A new report, however, claims Apple is planning to add a new LCD model with a screen 6 inches or higher. So, basically Apple will bring back its smaller iPad.
According to the rumor, Apple is super-sizing the iPhone because of market trends—people like smartphones with bigger screens. With that in mind, the company has apparently scrapped plans to release a 5.28-inch OLED iPhone due to “low marketability.” The iPhone X, which is scheduled to come out in November, features a 5.8-inch OLED panel, although the device is barely bigger than Apple’s existing iPhone 8 in overall size.
If Apple did release an iPhone with an LCD panel that’s 6 inches or higher, I can only imagine how big the device’s overall footprint might be. The 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus is a large phone—bigger than the iPhone X despite featuring a smaller display. Incidentally, Apple is said to be working on another iPhone with an OLED display that’s 6.46 inches, which would make it about the size of the Galaxy Note 8.
With word Apple might exclusively release iPhone models with OLED displays next year, it seems unlikely there would also be a new LCD model. What would that device even be called?
We’ll get our first experience of the first iPhone with an OLED display when Apple releases the iPhone X on November 3.