Rumor: 6.1-inch iPhone will use LG display found in G7 ThinQ

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in iPhone edited May 10
Apple's rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, expected this fall, will employ the same sort of "MLCD+" display found on LG's new G7 ThinQ phone, a Korean report suggested on Thursday.

LG's G7 ThinQ.
LG's G7 ThinQ.


MLCD+ offers 30 percent less power consumption than a regular IPS LCD, while still being bright and hitting 100 percent of the P3 color gamut, according to BusinessKorea. The publication cited "smartphone industry" sources for the claim that Apple will switch from IPS, which has been used for iPhones up through the iPhone 8.

Business Korea does have reliable sources inside the supply chain, but has a very poor track record in predicting Apple's plans based on them.

LG is a prominent Apple supplier, so it's not inconceivable that 2018 iPhones would adopt the latest off-the-shelf technology. Some analysts have predicted that the 6.1-inch model will be sold as a cheaper alternative to 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED devices, possibly for as little as $550.

At the same time, Apple often insists on custom-tailored parts. It may also be able to keep costs down by using conventional IPS panels, though MLCD+ could also let Apple skimp on batteries.

The 6.1-inch iPhone is anticipated be Apple's first product with an edge-to-edge LCD, since the iPhone X uses OLED. Accordingly it should also drop a home button in favor of touch gestures and Face ID.

Rumors have even hinted that one or more iPhones could sport a triple-lens camera, the third lens being used for 5x optical zoom, rangefinding, depth mapping, and/or better low-light shooting.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,544member
    I think at this point, all rumors are questionable...
    Macsplosion
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,224administrator
    macxpress said:
    I think at this point, all rumors are questionable...
    Well, there are ranges, of course. We do our best to point out which we have reasonable faith in, and which are iffy.
    repressthis
  • Reply 3 of 8
    thttht Posts: 2,817member
    This sounds more like wishful thinking from Business Korea. 

    It sounds like an RGBW pixel arrangement. I wonder what the subpixel rendering strategy is going be? When whiter colors need to be displayed, the color subpixels are reduced in intensity, using less power? There could be a graininess if only the white pixels are used for display whites. 

    If Apple is going to use this type of LCD, they’d need a billion+ investment into LG to build out a manufacturing line to build enough units for this rumored 6.1” LCD iPhone. You’d think the Business magazine would notice something like that happening last year. 
  • Reply 4 of 8
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,544member
    macxpress said:
    I think at this point, all rumors are questionable...
    Well, there are ranges, of course. We do our best to point out which we have reasonable faith in, and which are iffy.
    Yeah I know...Seems like Apple is really pinning down leakers and its beginning to get harder and harder to get "good" rumors that are actually true. I kinda like that in a way...I miss the element of surprise. 
  • Reply 5 of 8
    mavemufcmavemufc Posts: 326member
    I’m sure most of these rumours are questionable tbh, especially when there’s new ones every other day.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 1,774member
    tht said:
    If Apple is going to use this type of LCD, they’d need a billion+ investment into LG to build out a manufacturing line to build enough units for this rumored 6.1” LCD iPhone. You’d think the Business magazine would notice something like that happening last year. 

    Apple invested a few billion dollars in LG last year as a pre-payment for what everyone assumed is for OLED display production, so they weren't solely reliant on Samsung for the displays. Who knows, maybe it's for these displays instead?
    edited May 10 watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 258member
    This seems premature. While I don't doubt MLCD is coming, it's too soon. There is a huge difference between LG using the technology on one model of their phone and the massive quantities needed to supply any one model for Apple. I have no doubt MLCD is coming, and will supplant OLED sooner rather than later, I would be surprised though, if there is enough capacity available for what Apple would require as of yet.
    Mike Wuerthelewatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 8
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,224administrator
    DAalseth said:
    This seems premature. While I don't doubt MLCD is coming, it's too soon. There is a huge difference between LG using the technology on one model of their phone and the massive quantities needed to supply any one model for Apple. I have no doubt MLCD is coming, and will supplant OLED sooner rather than later, I would be surprised though, if there is enough capacity available for what Apple would require as of yet.
    We had a discussion about this in the podcast recording -- and I think this point is dead-on. More tomorrow!
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