On May 11th, according to South Korea's BusinessKorea report, analysts generally expected that Apple’s new 2018 iPhone series will include a 6-inch/6.1-inch model similar to the iPhone X, except that it uses a cheaper LCD screen. The price is from 700 to 800 US dollars.
Apple blog Patently Apple had speculated a few days ago that Apple may use the latest LCD technology developed by LG on this model, and the supply chain report seems to confirm this. BusinessKorea reported that this new screen of LG is called MLCD+ and has been applied to its recently released G7 ThinQ smartphone.
Traditional LCD pixels include three sub-pixels, red, green, and blue. By mixing and matching, any color can be displayed. The MLCD+ adds a fourth sub-pixel, white. This technique can increase the brightness of the pixels and provide a brighter screen.
In addition, MLCD+ supports the full DCI-P3 color gamut provided by the OLED screen used on the iPhone X. This is a wide color gamut and is usually limited to 4K TVs. BusinessKorea quotes supply chain sources as saying that Apple does plan to use LG's screen.
Smartphone industry sources expect that Apple will use the MLCD+ screen on its next-generation 6.1-inch iPhone model, similar to what LG uses on its G7 ThinQ smartphone. Compared to IPS LCD screens, MLCD+ screens provide brighter screens with less power consumption.
LG called G7 ThinQ's screen a "brilliant screen". Its DCI-P3 gamut reproduction rate reaches 100%, displaying subtle natural colors on a bright screen. At the same brightness, the G7 ThinQ consumes 30% less energy than previous G6 models equipped with LCD screens.
If Apple's LCD screen iPhone can not only provide similar iPhone X design, but also can provide similar OLED screen performance, it will be a great encouragement for those who can not or do not want to upgrade the new flagship fruit powder.
For LG, this will also be good news. According to reports, LG has always been striving to become Apple's second largest OLED screen supplier this year.