It is only May, but rumors about what Apple is planning with this year’s iPhones abound. One of the most persistent rumors is that the company will release three new iPhones, one of which will be a low-cost iPhone with a 6.1-inch LCD display. The fact that it’s missing an OLED panel is a shame, but Apple is still expected to trick it out with some special features only afforded to LCD panels.
According to a new report from Business Korea, Apple will reportedly equip the 6.1-inch iPhone model with an MLCD+ display that will allow it to reach new levels of brightness. The MLCD+ display is currently found in the recently announced in the LG G7. The display is known for getting really bright thanks to four sub-pixels, as opposed to the traditional three found in standard LCD panels, that make the increased brightness possible.
Even for all of its capabilities, LCD panels lag behind OLED panels in quality but also price. Apple’s reasoning to skip the OLED panel and go for an MLCD+ panel is to cut down on cost of production. This will play a big role in the expected low price of the new iPhone model.
Apple is still expected to include a notch in the display to make room for Face ID.
It has also been rumored Apple may not include 3D Touch in the 6.1-inch iPhone model (and future iPhones) as another cost-saving measure. In total, the new iPhone model may be priced down as much as $300 below the iPhone X making it a much easier purchase for customers who were weary of paying $1,000 for a smartphone.