The next-generation iPhone is expected to abandon its conventional aluminum back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle. The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time.
A stainless steel forging process will be used for the frame instead of traditional CNC machining. Sources say that forging is 30%-50% cheaper that unibody CNC and quality control is also more stable; however, the bezel still needs to be refined by CNC.
Orders are expected to be shared between Foxconn and U.S. based Jabil. Catcher Technology and Casetek will provide internal structural parts and Wistron has been added as a new assembler.
This corroborates reports we've been hearing for some time. The 10th anniversary iPhone is widely expected to be a major update with a glass front cover and back, joined by a metal bezel and an edge-to-edge display that has no bezels on the top and bottom. Additionally, the front camera, Touch ID, speaker, and other sensors will apparently be embedded into the display. Another report claims that the device would be a clear piece of glass with a next-generation OLED screen. More recently, Apple is said to have be equipping the phone with wireless charging and a 3D camera.
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