A report out of Nikkei and spotted by 9to5Mac claims Apple may revert back to a metal back for one of its iPhones next year instead of opting for glass. 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.
This report follows a recent rumor that Apple would release three new iPhones next year that will all adopt this year’s iPhone X design (Face ID, the notch, the whole nine yards). There will reportedly be a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone much like this year’s X and an even larger 6.5-inch OLED model to offer more screen real estate for those who want it. 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 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. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Additionally, with the metal back on the 6.1-inch iPhone, Apple will also be able to make it more colorful since producing various color options in glass has proven to be difficult. It’s the reason we’re only seeing Space Gray, Silver, and Gold this year with the iPhone 8. With metal, the company can have more fun so here’s to hoping for that blue iPhone everyone wants.
Considering we’re nine months away from seeing the new iPhones, it’s worth taking this report lightly until we see stronger evidence that these possibilities could be true. We’ll let you know if we hear anything further.