Another source claimed that Casetek has already been trying out new casings for the LCD. Fresh information shared by Nomura, a Japanese securities firm corroborates with the predictions of Kuo as it claims that the Cupertino company will be releasing two OLED iPhones and one LCD iPhone in 2018.
If Apple does use metal backs for the next iPhone, Casetek, a subsidiary of iPhone assembler Pegatron, could become a supplier for the first time. Apple's new iPhone will also revert to aluminium chassis that means that no wireless charging will be offered. An industry executive said that Pegatron and Casetek may be able to integrate their offerings for iPhone orders next year by virtue of their close links, much like Foxconn does with its own metal frame and casing production unit. 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. It is said to feature only a single camera at the back while the screen will be devoid of the Force Touch feature.
MacRumors pointed out that Nikkei's report is, for the most part, in line with what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted for the 2018 lineup of iPhones. 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. Retaining the LCD models will also help beef up the iPhone lineup, as they will be available in different colors. This of course explains why the device is rumored to be a low-cost entry built for low-end and midrange markets. So it's best to take all these rumors with a grain of salt.