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In the previous month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had claimed that Apple would be releasing three iPhones in 2018. A new report fresh from Japan is claiming that the Cupertino giant is in the process of developing a 6.1-inch handset with LCD screen.

The most interesting development, though, centres on the LCD-packing iPhone X model.

While Consumer Reports called the phone an "innovative device with a fantastic camera and attractive display", the iPhone X lost to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in a full comparison of the phones because it was flimsy. This is hardly surprising, as Apple has been using LG Display-made LCD panels on its iPhones for years. Aside from that, Apple will also expand to having two OLED iPhone models next year, one with a 5.8-inch screen like the iPhone X and another one sitting at either 6.2 or 6.3-inches long. The device is expected to cost less than the iPhone X successor, for it is sporting a liquid crystal display.

It appears that Apple might be looking for a new OLED panel supplier for the iPhone X. Additional reports from Nikkei and Nomura Securities Co. Kuo, however, stated that all three 2018 models would debut with full-screen, edge-to-edge displays and the TrueDepth camera system that's now featured on the 10th anniversary iPhone. Specifically, the company's rumored to introduce a cheaper 6.1-inch bezel-less LCD iPhone next year, and to make it cheaper to produce, the company may opt to include a metal enclosure rather full-on glass like the iPhone 8 and X. This would make the phone even cheaper for consumers and put less pressure on Apple who could result in making units on a larger scale, resulting in a steady rollout. Many Apple fans weren't happy with the glass back on the new iPhone models because it opens both the front and back of the device up to expensive repairs in the case of an accidental drop.

As per usual, Apple is pretty mum in the wake of emerging rumors about its future iPhones.

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