The first big Apple leaks of the year are starting to roll in. Yesterday sources came out to reveal Apple's plans for a trio of iPhones in 2018, one of which will be Apple's biggest ever with a 6.5-inch OLED display. Now we have some concrete evidence supporting this claim, as images of the display have leaked online.
So far, the 6.5-inch iPhone is being dubbed as the ‘iPhone X Plus'. An image of the screen and digitizer were shared on the MacX forums last night with the poster claiming that they were made as part of a trial run of production equipment at an LG factory. We've known for a while that Apple is planning to lean on LG to supply displays in the future, so this makes complete sense. The original post was taken down, but the folks at MacRumors managed to nab a copy of it beforehand, which you can see below:
The photo above shows the digitizer held in someone's hand. It is evidently larger than the display found on the iPhone X and the notch is still in place, indicating that Apple will be sticking to this design for the foreseeable future. At the bottom of the panel we can see a flex cable in place with a part number, which matches Apple's usual production format.
A second photo that was posted shows a tray containing four assembled digitizer/display components. We can't get exact measurements from an image, but they do appear to be significantly larger than the iPhone X, so it seems that Apple will in fact be releasing an even larger iPhone this year.
Samsung currently supplies displays for the iPhone X, but we've been hearing for quite some time that Apple will be tapping LG to help out in the future. Reports have said that Apple is investing billions of dollars to help LG expand its OLED production line, giving Apple more flexibility in the future when it needs to source parts.
So far, there are three iPhones expected to be released this year. A 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display- this is expected to be the cheapest of the bunch. From there, we will have another 5.8-inch OLED iPhone similar to the iPhone X, and a larger 6.5-inch OLED iPhone.
KitGuru Says: It looks like Apple has big plans for the iPhone this year. The only downside for me so far is that it seems like Apple will be dropping Touch ID completely in favor of Face ID built into the display notch.