For a while there have been rumours that Apple is working on a 6.1-inch iPhone that would stick to the old-fashioned LCD display rather than the new-fangled OLEDs that it put in the iPhone X. Some assumed the phone would be announced tonight, during the company's annual WWDC keynote, but a new rumour claims it's actually been delayed by a whole two months.
This rumour comes from Korean news site The Bell, which claims both Japan Display and LG Display are having trouble manufacturing the number of screens Apple requires. Apparently there are some issues with light leakage caused by the screen's curved edges, which causes uneven lighting that can affect the readings of the TrueDepth camera - the sensor that powers FaceID and Apple's front-facing Portrait Mode.
This customised design is also said to increase the price of the display, putting it on par with a standard OLED design - a weird twist of fate, seeing as how LCD is often seen as a more affordable alternative to the more advanced (and typically more expensive) OLED display. It's also notable that the iPhone X was said to be delayed thanks to issues with OLED manufacturing. Now the question is whether it has anything to do with the iPhone display's tricky design, or whether Apple can't find a partner competent enough to get the job done right.
We're going to have to wait and see what happens with this rumoured device, along with the two OLED-centric phones Apple is said to have in the works. Maybe we'll hear something about them tonight, but in all likelihood we're going to have to wait a few months to get something official - especially if the reported delay is legit. [The Bell via Ubergizmo]