Next year’s big iPhone release looks set to have a glass component to its design, after an Apple supplier let slip some interesting info.
We may be eagerly anticipating the iPhone 7 some time later this year, but analysts are already looking to what next year’s iPhone might look like.
Now one prominent Apple supplier has confirmed what that might entail. Allen Horng is chairman and chief executive of Catcher Technology, a key Apple casing supplier.
Responding to speculation that the company may lose Apple’s business should future iPhones switch away from a metal body, Horng had this to say (via Nikkei): “As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year.”
“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.”
So Horng is saying that Apple will give one of next year’s iPhone models a glass casing, which will sit on top of a metal frame.
This seems to tie in well with the predictions of noted Apple analyst Ming-Chu Kuo, who has stated that a future iPhone is likely to feature an ‘all-glass design’.
We can hear the wince-inducing crack of a million iPhones being dropped already.
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