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Apple may announce an iPhone with LCD display, metal case in 2018

Apple unveiled this year's iPhones, aka iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X which with no doubt gained wide popularity. It seems, the Cupertino major doesn't wish to waste any time and has already started working on the next year's iPhones. Reports about the upcoming iPhones have already started surfacing the web suggesting that Apple may -- yet again-- enveil three iPhones next year -- one of which will reportedly be the successor of the iPhone X -- and may be called iPhone X Plus. Now a new report reveals that out of the three iPhones next year -- one will come with an LCD display onboard.

Apple hasn't confirmed any details about these next-gen iPhones. However, reports, rumours, and renders have already started going viral on the internet. A new report coming from industry insiders in Japan reveal that one iPhone -- to be announced next year -- will come with LCD display, while the other two iPhone may boast iPhone X-like OLED display.

To recall, Apple has always been keen towards using an OLED display for its iPhones -- but the company changed its mind for the iPhone X. All iPhones launched earlier -- including this year's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come with OLED display -- but considering iPhone X is a special phone -- Apple partnered with Samsung to users LCD display for the phone. The scenario could be the exact same next year as well -- as a new report suggests that out of three -- one iPhone may come with LED display while the other two may feature OLED display.

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If that's really the case, and the report is accurate -- this comes in as a good news for Sharp and Japan Display, two of the main LCD manufacturers in the market. Both Sharp and Japan Display's shares reportedly dropped massively after the iPhone X came out with an OLED screen, supplied by Samsung.

This report comes in from Nikkei Asian Review. Alongside the display details, the report further confirm that the LCD iPhone will come with 6.1-inch screen, while the other two OLED iPhones will come with 6.3-inch and 5.8-inch display respectively. "The 6.1-inch LCD model will probably sport a metal back [like older iPhones] available in several colors," the report notes.

Meanwhile, Apple is reportedly developing a new power management chip that it will use in the future iPhone models to give users more and better battery life. This new chip, designed in-house, will be ready for the use in the iPhone in the next two years. This in-house chips will supposedly be "the most advanced in the industry," paving way for future iPhone models to have a better performance and battery life balance.