To make it even cheaper, the metal back would help, although wireless charging hangs in the balance since not many metal phones support the feature due to energy not being able to pass through the material like it can with glass. The third new iPhone model will reportedly feature a 6.1-inch LCD display and a metal back.
Apple is not expected to update its iPhone X lineup until late 2018.
The folks over at Nikkei cite their own sources, which state that the new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will sport a metal back and come in several colors.
Both phones have gotten a lot of publicity, as is always the case when Apple puts out a new iPhone.
While Consumer Reports called the phone an "innovative device with a fantastic camera and lovely display", the iPhone X lost to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in a full comparison of the phones because it was flimsy. But Apple is not going to switch entirely from LCD to OLED next year. The Cupertino company is said to be working with LG Display on OLED screens for 2018 iPhones.
The metal casing for the 2018 LCD iPhone will be supplied by Casetek, which is a subsidiary of Apple's manufacturing partner Pegatron. However, there is some difference between in details that the Nikkei sources claim and what Kuo has claimed.
The Nikkei report speculates that Apple's decision may be born from wanting to reduce its dependency on smartphone rival Samsung, its sole provider of OLED screens. Kuo predicted last month that Apple was planning to launch three new iPhones next year. Casetek has made iPads in the past, but the 6.1-inch LCD device would be its first iPhone.
According to KGI Securities, the 2018 LCD iPhone would "differ significantly" from the OLED models.
The Japanese securities firm also claims that there will be an OLED iPhone that will feature a 5.8-inch display.
Apple sells around 200 million smartphones every year and Samsung Display, now the sole supplier, reportedly signed a deal for 67 million units for the iPhone X.