From new form factors to new colors, the number of iPhone options available to users has expanded significantly in recent years. CR described the latest iPhone model an "innovative device with a fantastic camera and handsome display", but average durability. According to the long-time reviewer of just about anything that's ever been on American retail shelves, the iPhone 8 is more durable than the iPhone X, and can operate longer on a fully charged battery than the more-expensive model.
We've heard rumors that Apple's 2018 iPhone lineup will primarily consist of handsets featuring an edge-to-edge iPhone X design, but not all might feature that handset's glass back or OLED display. Pegatron is now the assembler of the iPhone 8, so both Casetek and Pegatron are hoping that Apple would ask them to integrate the services they offer for iPhone orders in 2018. Additional reports from Nikkei and Nomura Securities Co. "The 6.1-inch LCD model will likely sport a metal back [like older iPhone handsets] and will come in several colors", the source was quoted as saying.
Apple may have reservations about just using OLED as Samsung is still the only company with the capability of supplying it with such panels, said Eric Chiou, an analyst at Taipei-based research company WitsView.
One point not referenced by Nikkei, and brought up by Kuo in a previous investor note, is that the aforementioned 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model will feature an edgeless display. For those who can't afford these particular models, the company was rumored to also introduce a cheaper 6.1-inch iPhone with the same technologies and design on board but swap out the OLED panel for an LCD.
To help Apple push as many future iPhones with OLED displays, Apple may have a third supply chain partner in the wings. Kuo predicted last month that Apple was planning to launch three new iPhones next year.