Apple's 6.1-inch iPhone production may see delays over LCD "notch" issues

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in iPhone edited June 1
While Apple has successfully rolled out the "notch" on 10s of millions of iPhone X handsets with OLED display, rumor has it that the company may be finding it a bit hard to carve the same kind of notch into a conventional LCD screen.

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Sketchy reports citing the Korean supply chain are claiming that the 2018 LCD-based iPhone might be delayed because of "light leakage" problems that LG is having problems solving. If the rumors are to be believed, if Apple wants to have the cheaper LCD screen sport the notch for design consistency, then they may need to wait until November for it.

The report claims that the pair of OLED designs will be ready to go for a September announcement and late-September or early-October rollout.

It's not clear how accurate the report is. Korean-language The Bell has no prediction history about the iPhone at all, and it appears to be basing the report on a solitary source inside Korea.

As far as engineering goes, OLED screens can handle cutting and folding as a nature of the substrate. LCD screens can't, and generally must be rectangular. If this is even a problem, the obvious solution seems to be to not have a notch, and instead have a small "forehead" containing the sensors and speaker.

Apple is said to be doling out display orders for its next-generation iPhone lineup, which is rumored to include two OLED versions -- 5.8 and 6.5 inches -- and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD variant.

A wide variety of Android device manufacturers debuted phones with a notch to hold sensors at the 2018 Mobile World Congress, with the brand new Xiaomi Mi 8 a particularly egregious example.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 2,264member
    "If this is even a problem, the obvious solution seems to be to not have a notch, and instead have a small "forehead" containing the sensors and speaker."

    I have no problem with that.  None...   And, as an added benefit it might even shut up all the whining about the notch.
    randominternetpersonbaconstang
  • Reply 2 of 9
    This feels like something that was dealt with months ago.
    mike1foregoneconclusion
  • Reply 3 of 9
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,649member
    I'd be very surprised if Apple insisted upon the notch for "design consistency" alone. If they want to include Face ID and it's necessary, then fine. But they don't do things just for consistency. Heck, there are three different iPhone designs currently being sold, the SE, 6//7/8 and X.
    randominternetpersonbaconstangGeorgeBMacStrangeDays
  • Reply 4 of 9
    The first rumor of a 6.1” LCD iPhone was just that - a rumor. Now we have a rumor stating delivery of the rumored iPhone may be delayed, for technical problem Apple would have solved before placing any orders, and as Jeff Williams stated orders for September release dates are made in November. 

    Without specific attribution ALL of these rumors are worthless crap, reprinted by bloggers to generate eyeballs. 
    williamlondonStrangeDays
  • Reply 5 of 9
    sy1492sy1492 Posts: 10member
    Just get rid of the notch Apple asswipes. Nobody wants it. Who cares if the phone might be 0.0001 inch taller.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 6 of 9
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,405member
    I know Apple will make sure LCD version also have notch. It is worth testing water with small top bezel(no notch) to contain sensors.cameras and see user reactions.
    edited June 1
  • Reply 7 of 9
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 4,787member
    sy1492 said:
    Just get rid of the notch Apple asswipes. Nobody wants it. Who cares if the phone might be 0.0001 inch taller.
    Low-value post, and completely wrong.
    williamlondonfallenjt
  • Reply 8 of 9
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,833member
    "If this is even a problem, the obvious solution seems to be to not have a notch, and instead have a small "forehead" containing the sensors and speaker."

    I have no problem with that.  None...   And, as an added benefit it might even shut up all the whining about the notch.
    Then Apple also needs to add chin to it to make it symmetrical. Who wants the chin now? 
  • Reply 9 of 9
    jcohjcoh Posts: 3member
    Same story every year.  Always reports of delays or limited production or “production problems”  and it never happens.  

    It wouldn’t be the final 4 months before another iPhone launch without the usual stories of delays and production problems.   


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