Apple’s rumoured 6.1″ iPhone will be the model everyone wants, even with an LCD screen

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Rumours persist of a 6.1" iPhone (pictured right) coming to market. Image: IDGNS

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18 June 2018 | 0

There have been plenty of rumoyrs about Apple’s upcoming slate of iPhones. Much like the current lineup, there will reportedly be three models ranging from 5.8″ (the current size of the iPhone X) all the way up to 6.5″. But the most intriguing model is the one that fits in between: a 6.1″ LCD model.

It’s probably that the 5.8″ and 6.5″ iPhone XI models will be OLED, while the 6.1″ iPhone will be LCD, thus retaining a lower-priced option. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple expects that single model to account for more than half of all iPhone sales during the next cycle, meaning it expects to move more than 100 million of them, based on current sales figures. That’s a big number – and based on the Journal’s sources, a switch from the original OLED-heavy plan – but it’s hardly a surprise. Based on what we’ve heard, Apple’s new LCD phone is shaping up to be a monster hit, even if it’s outnumbered 2:1 by Apple’s OLED phones. Here are three reasons why everyone will want one:

It’s the perfect size
While the 5.8″ iPhone X technically has a bigger screen than the 5.5″ iPhone 8 Plus, there’s actually more usable space on the smaller phone, due to the iPhone X’s unique ratio and notch. We’re only talking a few millimeters in width here, but it’s noticeable, especially for anyone who has been using a Plus phone for the past few years.

By increasing the screen to 6.1″, Apple will be closing the gap. From holdability to usability, a 6.1″ iPhone will at once feel bigger than the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus without being too big. Meanwhile, the 6.5″ model will be a monster reserved for the most demanding of iPhone users.

It will look like the iPhone X
I can tout the benefits of OLED over LCD until my face shifts blue, but it’s not going to matter to most users. What makes the iPhone X so attractive isn’t the tremendous quality of its screen, it’s the design. No matter how you feel about the notch, there’s no denying the appeal of the iPhone X’s “all-screen” design, curved corners, and symmetrical bezels. It makes the iPhone 8 with its home button and giant forehead seem even more outdated than it is.

Even with an LCD screen, the new 6.1″ iPhone is rumored to adopt the iPhone X’s design, notch and all, putting the entire line on even footing. I suspect more than a few iPhone 6 Plus users held off on buying a new phone this year with this very hope: that Apple would expand the iPhone X design to the other models next year. It’s going to require some real engineering on Apple’s part as LCD screens aren’t as flexible as OLEDs, but if Apple can pull off an LCD iPhone that has the same design as the iPhone X, lots of people will want one.

It will be cheaper than the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus
While Tim Cook likes to remind analysts that the iPhone X has been Apple’s best-selling iPhone every week since it launched, that doesn’t mean Apple is selling more OLED phones than LCD ones. Apple doesn’t break out iPhone sales by model, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure it out – Apple sold some 50 million iPhones last quarter at an average selling price of $728. That means a lot of people are still opting for the cheaper LCD models.

That’s mainly due to price. The iPhone X starts at $999 (€1,179), which makes it 25% more expensive than the iPhone 8 Plus. The 6.1″ model will reportedly be priced between $600 and $700, meaning it will actually be cheaper than the iPhone 8. Granted, it will probably have a lesser camera than the other two models and obviously an inferior screen, but most people will only see one thing: a cheap iPhone X.

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