New 6.1-inch iPhone to Use Active Full LCD Display, iPad Pro to Feature FaceID


As September comes closer, new reports about Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices are surfacing. The latest report comes from Japan and claims that the 6.1-inch iPhone would most likely use an Active Full LCD Display instead of an AMOLED panel. The same report also states that the upcoming iPad Pro model will bid goodbye to the 3.5mm headphone jack and feature FaceID.

iPhone 9 with Active Full LCD Display

Most of the rumors and reports about the upcoming iPhone devices state that Apple would be releasing three models this year. One of them would be the successor to the iPhone X and the other two would be the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus. Two of these, the iPhone X successor and the iPhone 9 Plus, would be carrying an OLED panel, while a cheaper variant would have an LCD display.

The iPhone 9 will be the entry-level iPhone with the 6.1-inch LCD display and similar design to the iPhone 8. However, reports are now suggesting that the iPhone 9 would also adopt the iPhone X like the design, and use an Active Full LCD display to provide an all screen experience. Apple is working with Japan Display to produce these full-screen LCD panels with a new generation touch sensor as well. Of course, the device will still have bezels, but it would be very slim. The displays are said to have a 0.5mm thin bezel, which is slimmer than the bezels on the iPhone X.

Unfortunately, there are some issues with the production of these Active Full LCD displays, mainly time constraints. Thus, the report states, that Apple may not release this variant of iPhone in September, but push it to November instead. This is the 6.1-inch iPhone 9 model we’re talking about, which is said to be the cheapest of all the variants. Still, when it arrives, expect this model to be as big as the current iPhone 8, but with a much larger display.

iPad Pro 2018 – FaceID and No Headphone Jack

The report also states that the upcoming iPad Pro upgrade will see some changes in design, apart from just a hardware upgrade. The iPad Pro comes with a 12.9-inch display and another variant with a smaller 10.5-inch display.

The 2018 iPad Pro model with the 10.5-inch display is going to be slightly smaller in size than the current model, whereas the 12.9-inch model would shrink in size and thickness compared to the current generation. How is Apple going to do this? Well, according to the report, the company might get rid of the Home button and instead offer the FaceID tech that came with the iPhone X.

This would mean that Apple could make the iPad Pro smaller without reducing the display size. The exact position of the Face ID setup isn’t known yet, and we will have to wait till September to find out. As per the report, the setup would be made so as to make it easy for it to recognize faces in landscape orientation. The setup could be placed somewhere near the Lightning connector.

Also, the new iPad Pro variants will lack the 3.5mm headphone jack. That isn’t really a big surprise though, as Apple’s latest iPhone line-up does not feature a headphone jack. And it is possible that the company is bringing that to all its devices. The iPhone 7, which was launched in 2016, was the first Apple device to not feature the headphone jack. Customers are used to it now, although it is an inconvenience to a lot of users.

There have also been other reports stating that Apple may be adding another model to the iPad Pro lineup, one with an 11-inch display, and also a newer keyboard. We will have to wait till September to find out if these reports turn out to be true.