Apple’s next midrange iPhones could have the same bezel-less front as the iPhone X in 2018, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Specifically, Apple is supposedly looking into an advanced type of LCD display made by the Japanese company Japan Display called Full Active LCD.
This type of LCD display would be less expensive and would most likely run into fewer supply issues than the OLED display used in the iPhone X, two factors that surely contribute to the iPhone X’s higher cost. The iPhone 8 starts at $699, the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799, and the iPhone X starts at $999.
The Journal cited Japan Display as saying that Full Active LCD displays allow for bezels around the display to be narrowed down to as little as 0.5 mm. The LCD technology used in the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and every previous iPhone requires “several millimeters” of space around the display, The Journal said. It could even allow for thinner bezels than the iPhone X and its OLED display, which needs 1 mm.
You can see what Full Active LCD displays look like in some recently released smartphones like the Essential Phone and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.
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Phones that use Full Active LCDs, however, still have a larger bezel that’s usually found at the bottom. Judging by the design of these Full Active LCD-equipped smartphones, it’s likely that an iPhone with a Full Active LCD screen could also come with a single larger bezel too.
With all this said, nothing is set in stone regarding Apple’s choice of display for its coming smartphones. This is also not a confirmation that Apple will introduce iPhones with this screen technology in 2018; nothing is official until Apple makes an announcement.