Apple to Launch New iPhone With Glass Casing and Stainless Steel Frame Next Year [Report]

Apple to Launch New iPhone With Glass Casing and Stainless Steel Frame Next Year [Report]

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Apple is planning to launch a new iPhone with a curved OLED display and a glass casing next year, says KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a new report.

Kuo believes the popularity of the glossy Jet Black iPhone 7 will encourage Apple to return to glass as it has a higher gloss finish than metal.

While a glossy finish is possible for metal casing, we identify two prerequisites for the 2017 new iPhone to be competitive in terms of casing design, considering competitors will definitely launch smartphone models with glossy metal or glass casing prior to Apple’s launch: (1) adoption of a glossy finish design; (2) enhanced productivity and higher yield will prevent a supply shortage, as has happened with jet black casing, which is manufactured at an unsatisfactory yield rate of 60-70% due to the metal material; and (3) better scratch resistance will improve user satisfaction. All things considered, we see glass casing as the only option.

Kuo says Apple will likely stick to a slightly curved 2.5D cover glass to maintain high production yields and better drop test performance. The glass casing will be reinforced by an aluminum metal frame and a new stainless steel frame will reportedly be used for high end models.

Metal frame can be stainless steel or aluminum, with former more likely for high-end models. As all-glass casing is not possible at present given technological bottlenecks, a metal frame surrounding the edge is necessary for reinforced structure design. As stainless steel has a better look than aluminum and costs more, we expect only high-end new iPhone models to come with a stainless steel frame next year.

Foxconn is said to be the sole supplier of the high-end iPhone models next year as it will be the exclusive manufacturer of the new stainless steel frame. Glass supplier Corning and glass casing maker Lens Technology and Biel Crystal are also said to benefit from the new design.

Previously Kuo predicted that Apple would introduce a new 5.8-inch model of the 2017 iPhone. Although the display will be larger, the form factor of the device is said to be smaller than the current 5.5-inch iPhone. If the supply level of the AMOLED displays is sufficient, Apple may replace the 5.5-inch model.

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Apple to Launch New iPhone With Glass Casing and Stainless Steel Frame Next Year [Report]
Zapyaforpc - October 5, 2016 at 1:41pm
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Zetaprime - September 30, 2016 at 2:46am
After rereading the article I hope that they make the glass optional and let the rest of us have aluminum as before. No way glass is better than aluminum if the phone is dropped..and even the most careful user will drop the phone on the ground at some point.
. - September 30, 2016 at 1:05pm
Well the harder the material is, the more impact the fall makes. Glass continues to improve.
Why - October 1, 2016 at 1:40pm
That's true to a point . But for me I never broke any of my phones . I had the 4 back In The day and I never dropped it But if Apple dose this they better include glass protection in there apple care plan
Zetaprime - September 29, 2016 at 4:58pm
A glass casing is a terrible idea. That will just make the phone more easily broken. Aluminum please!!
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