Catcher CEO Corroborates Reports of All Glass Design for 2017 iPhone

Catcher CEO Corroborates Reports of All Glass Design for 2017 iPhone

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Allen Horng, Chairman and CEO of Catcher Technology, a key Apple supplier, appears to have corroborated reports that Apple will be switching to an all glass design for the iPhone in 2017.

The rumored design change could affect the Taiwanese metal casing maker, perhaps resulting in a loss of business to China's Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology, who supply glass screen covers for iPhones.

"As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year," Horng told reporters after the annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. "I don't think this move will have an impact on Catcher's revenue as glass casing still needs a durable metal frame which requires advanced processing technology and would not be cheaper than the current model."

Horng also said there would not be Apple handsets that featured glass-only casings without metal frames next year.

Apple accounts for about 33% of Catcher's $2.5 billion in revenue. HP and Dell account for 20% and 15%, respectively. The company is now deciding whether or not to supply Chinese smartphone makers to mitigate the risk of Apple's move to all glass casings. Horng says they are in talks with several companies but have yet to accept any orders.

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Catcher CEO Corroborates Reports of All Glass Design for 2017 iPhone
Matttt - May 20, 2016 at 3:16am
"Horng also said there would not be Apple handsets that featured glass-only casings without metal frames next year." Wow! What a surprise! Did you know that water is wet???
joshWUa - May 20, 2016 at 12:57am
Another stupid marketing scheme where they want you to buy these glass phones that will easily break so you can get another one or replace its parts with them paying retail as always. Oh well good thing for those durable cases right?
. - May 20, 2016 at 1:26am
What scheme? Gorilla glass and sapphire glass is almost immune to being shattered and what if this glass is unlike any other to where it can be shatterproof? Not to mention there exists glass healing from scratches, but 'scheme' wise? There's a reason people test out every phone by a simple drop so anyone can be aware of how easily damaged a phone can get. Think of it like critics reviewing movies, games, comics, etc.!
(^_^) - May 19, 2016 at 10:53pm
This was the massive design change huh? I hope the glass won't be see through.
Basswow - May 20, 2016 at 2:07pm
Even though see through cold be a cool option aside from the colored glass ones...
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