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The 2017 iPhone Will Be All Glass [Report]

The 2017 iPhone Will Be All Glass [Report]

Posted April 17, 2016 at 3:00pm by iClarified
Apple is planning to debut a major update to the iPhone in 2017 featuring an all-glass enclosure, reports KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The analyst first predicted an all glass design with an AMOLED display last month. For this year, Kuo expects Apple to stick with the same general design as the iPhone 6 and 6s.

It's believed that Apple is looking to differentiate itself from competitors many of which are now using aluminum enclosures similar to the iPhone. Kuo doesn't offer any details on exactly how Apple would create an all-glass iPhone. However, the analyst says that drop tests will not likely affect Apple's decision, given that the iPhone 4 and 4S had a glass front and glass back with a steel band on the sides.

If Apple abandons its tick tock cycle of iPhone releases, will you hold off for the 2017 model or still purchase the iPhone 7 this fall? The new iPhone 7 is said to feature a dual lens camera (Plus model only), simplified antenna bands, no headphones jack, and possibly a Smart Connector. Let us know what you think in the comments...

[via 9to5Mac]

The 2017 iPhone Will Be All Glass [Report]
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iAmMe - October 25, 2016 at 5:36pm
lol. you can use the lightning to headphone jack adaptor which is included when you buy the phone. :P
Ellen - April 20, 2016 at 3:53am
I wrote another note here, but after reading all your comments pretty much about the glass innovation, I'm wondering, doesn't it bother you that they also want to take out the headphone jack? do you think they mean that Bluetooth headphones Will replace it? That's not the answer. I'm not sure what they're doing. Sometimes I use my phone to connect to other external device speakers and what would I do if I didn't have that Jack? I just don't understand it. Bluetooth headphones usually need to be recharged. The last thing I want is another rechargeable item.
gamerscul9870 - April 20, 2016 at 4:12am
There could be AirPlay support for speakers or adapters for it, or maybe some new technology that can allow a new function to connect speakers with the next iPhone.
Ellen - April 20, 2016 at 4:21pm
Then why not just leave well enough alone. What works and is proven should stay the same!!!! As soon as they come up with some new way it will either be expensive or not practical. When I am watching TV on my phone at night, I don't want a device that is going to run out of juice.
Ace* - April 20, 2016 at 5:45pm
The future is usb-c. The phone will have just one digital i/o port. Users will be able to use an adapter for headphones (if they choose to) and the output will be lossless digital. Another advantage is that the connector is thinner than the conventional 3.5mm headphone jack, enabling the phone to become increasingly thinner. But yes, the future of headphone technology is moving towards wireless so eventually most users won't be hardwiring them.
iAmMe - October 25, 2016 at 5:39pm
the lightning to headphone jack adaptor is included. you can't charge and use it at the same time though unless you buy an adapter that can charge: https://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Lightning-Charge-Headphone-Adapter/dp/B01LX72BH6
drigomarki - April 19, 2016 at 5:56pm
Jailbreak? No? Sorry, I don't need it.
clkfs - April 18, 2016 at 3:25pm
They testing a new Apple dil do and CEO has a prototype
gamerscul9870 - April 18, 2016 at 3:27pm
They should start with you instead since you have interest in the idea.
Great - April 18, 2016 at 2:27pm
Finally a solar powered enhanced iPhone. Extends battery life whenever any light shines on it.
Fred - April 18, 2016 at 1:11pm
How about they focus on making a phone with a decent camera?
Curt973 - April 18, 2016 at 1:17pm
yeah your dead on with that. All the iPhone's cameras have been garbage through out the history of iPhone I like the camera better on my Nextel i930
. - April 18, 2016 at 1:46pm
I call bullshit on your rant! iPhone cameras are currently doing better than most competition. The only teason most stand out is how big the lens are.
gamerscul9870 - April 19, 2016 at 12:14am
Tell those to the photos that were taken with a crystal clear camera shown in Apple events and 4K video tests that literally look like something off of those kind of cameras in 4K. iPhone cameras are quality.
Fred - April 19, 2016 at 12:46am
Nope, even the Apple Store goon confirmed it when I would zoom in on stock photos vs something I took in store. The stock photos were definitely taken with something else.
gamerscul9870 - April 19, 2016 at 1:18am
He probably said that so carelessly.
Miguel - April 18, 2016 at 6:42am
No big improvements on the horizon with Apple, I used to be an apple fan, but Microsoft has improved more in their Lumia 950 XL than apple in many years. Why Apple doesn't make the big jump in their models of iPhone? Isn't that their marketing "criteria" to keep engaged the public. It's not fair to see Samsung or other brands doing really big improvements and nothing with Apple . Glass iPhone ? No more jack for headphones? Once again the antenna issues? Camera improvements? (Hope at least 20 MP as Microsoft) don't know what to think about Apple.
gamerscul9870 - April 18, 2016 at 12:08pm
Just because it's a change in the outside we know SO FAR doesn't mean that's it, but look at what Apple has done that others did imitate: Apple Pay, laminated display, and as for something that Apple has made that has effort just like those features- Retina Flash, bending resisting body, improved camera with freaking 4K recording, Live Photos, 3D Touch that makes a new way to make game features, etc.! Don't give your hopes up though. You have some for Windows phone that has clearly died and you expect it to have more effort when people never cared? I don't know what else to say about that! It's like you were paid for some myth to be posted!
MannyG - April 18, 2016 at 6:35am
Give us a good battery. No one needs it so thin or glass. Yuck. Battery, stability and security are priorities and then maybe customizable themes without jail breaking.
HACS - April 18, 2016 at 3:44am
Wait, Apple has a good track record for innovation (except for the those cases with extra battery), pretty sure they are going to come with an explanation on why all glass phone... They would show us the strength, durability an show us all the different Pros vs the previous model... Just prepare to #drinkthecoolaid like we always do...
hamood_d10 - April 18, 2016 at 2:54am
Most important than glass and body is security, better os and bug free ios , if anyone agrees thumbs up
PaladinLV - April 17, 2016 at 11:02pm
and the 7 iPhone BULLSHIT keeps on flying!
Ace* - April 18, 2016 at 12:06am
Give it a rest.
City023 - April 17, 2016 at 10:03pm
Why all glass when your gonna need a case to cover it up and protect it? Seen too many guys with shattered iPhone 4,5,5s and 6's with their screens shattered. Now a full body glass iPhone? Smh
Franko - April 18, 2016 at 4:28am
I've had every generation iPhone. Never used a case. Ruins the experience and makes the design of the phone pointless. Might as well just buy a big bulky phone then.
City023 - April 18, 2016 at 7:48pm
Smart guy, you said they won't use it if it's going to shatter and scratch? Cause they did release the 4/4S/5/5S. So what stoping them from not releasing it. Smh
City023 - April 18, 2016 at 7:51pm
Franko, well if I invest in a great phone I'm not gonna have it cracked, dent or chipped. I like to keep mines like new to resale it 2 years later when I need to upgrade or get rid of it.
Thokz - April 17, 2016 at 7:15pm
I'm going to hold on to my iPhone 6 for as long as it can run on the latest version of iOS. I see no point in upgrading.
gamerscul9870 - April 17, 2016 at 7:27pm
You have what you need to be satisfied.
Dr Kessinger, GRI, RECI, NEC, AGO
Dr Kessinger, GRI, RECI, NEC, AGO - April 17, 2016 at 6:01pm
change is to if.
Dr Kessinger, GRI, RECI, NEC, AGO
Dr Kessinger, GRI, RECI, NEC, AGO - April 17, 2016 at 5:59pm
bend gate is now instant crack so Apple replace the crack screen for $99 is you have Apple Care plus. all others $29 more. 5 day process if you deliver to the Apple Store in person to verify your iTunes ID.
rahilxx98 - April 17, 2016 at 5:39pm
So what? no more S models of iPhones? What's happening to Apple? Damn it Steve yd u have to leave us so soon.... I'm gonna guess Apple will take the route of their iPads, slap the word pro on it, and charge an extra 100$ for the base model. Oh and I'm gonna predict that Apple moves from its 12 month refresh cycle to a 18-24 month refresh cycle. If an all glass iPhone does happen l, I'd by it cause I really liked my 4S.
rahilxx98 - April 17, 2016 at 5:39pm
gamerscul9870 - April 17, 2016 at 6:07pm
Save did good enough to get Apple where it wouldn't be today without him, but what's the big deal if this change were to happen? Most people hate that it has to be a 2 year cycle before a completely new iPhone were to come out which can satisfy them, but for us? Some of us could say that we get more new stuff right away instead of saving it for the s versions. What's happening to Apple is that they continue to leave the world better than they found it, their continuing the plans Jobs had, they're proving how better they are without him and how much he has done to get them there.
Adrieng12 - April 17, 2016 at 5:38pm
I think they would be able to do all glass, but only if its sapphire
Imri - April 17, 2016 at 8:21pm
All glass and sapphire? Lol if you want a 10,000 dollar iphone go ahead ;) it will still crack tho so good luck replacing it as well
Emma - April 17, 2016 at 11:15pm
They meant sapphire glass, like they use for watches.
zetaprime - April 17, 2016 at 5:18pm
Glass is a really bad idea. If Apple wants to be different it should be based on functionality. The only reason I can see for glass is to deliberately make the phones easier to break so that people have to buy new ones sooner.
zetaprime - April 18, 2016 at 1:30am
That's just it..eventually..but not this year or next, that's for sure. So glass still is a bad idea.
Name14 - April 18, 2016 at 9:31am
I agree that it should happen eventually, but that means fewer screws and more glue. Glass will never be chip-resistant and with all that glue, fewer parts can be replaced without damaging others. Good concept but way too soon me thinks.
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OOs groet U - April 14, 2017 at 7:20am
If there really and finally comes a good newly designed iPhone that's not like other people said here just another pimped iPhone 6 or 6 Plus like model, like it has been for the last three years and they finally have had the sense that it's not very attractive to keep making models that differ on absolutely nothing from my 6 Plus or a normal 6 I really am not prepared to pay for it. As long as my phone can keep up with the new firmware and hopefully a new untethered and stable jailbreak, I will hold onto my Good Old Six Plus. Under Jobs there seemed to be a lot more innovative design and after three models on a row which look almost exactly the same I really can't get excited about the new, again looking like a copy from a phone design used for almost four years now. Only good thing about keeping bringing out these sadly uninteresting ones is I can keep my money in my pocket,...
JuergenWest - April 17, 2016 at 3:59pm
I would agree that Apple should come up with something completely different to differentiate it from the heard of iPhone copycats. Will be interesting to see if the following year they all do the same thing or even attempt to beat Apple to the punch albeit with a less refined product as per usual.
JuergenWest - April 17, 2016 at 4:00pm
Dynondvjbvk - April 17, 2016 at 3:43pm
Can someone please explain to me once more what makes financial analysts believe that they are in any way an authority on (highly confidential) future design and engineering developments or have the qualifications to form a well educated opinion in this field?
iClarified - April 17, 2016 at 4:28pm
Kuo is one of the very few analysts with an excellent track record in iPhone predictions.
Bigeyedphish23 - April 18, 2016 at 1:54pm
Daaaaaaaamn iClarified themselves just burned you!!!
Bigeyedphish23 - April 18, 2016 at 1:59pm
Since when does your career define what you may or may not know? Perhaps in addition to him being a financial analyst he also dabbles in predictions! Maybe he has an inside contact with an Apple employee that has great information?
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