Apple has been utilizing LCDs for its iPhones for years, at least until 2017 where the iPhone X became the first iPhone to use an OLED display. Apple is expected to fully transition to OLED (or micro LEDs even) in the future, but as far as 2018’s iPhones are concerned, Apple will still be pumping out LCD models.
However according to a new report from Macotakara (via 9to5Mac), one of the main changes to this year’s LCD iPhone is that it could use Japan Display’s “Full Active LCD” panel with a “Japan Pixel Eyes” touch sensor. One of the advantages of the full active LCD panel is that it allows manufacturers to achieve ultra-slim bezels which are said to get as small as 0.5mm.
This actually makes sense when you consider a recent leak in which dummy units of the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone were shown off. It showed that on the surface both the OLED and LCD models are identical in terms of design, featuring edge-to-edge displays, which now according to Macotakara’s report is thanks to the use of full active LCDs.
Of course this should be taken with a grain of salt, but hopefully it is true. We should find out in the coming months as September is usually when Apple will make an official announcement, although don’t expect to be able to get your hands on the LCD iPhone until at least October if the rumors are true.