Apple Leak Confirms ‘All Glass’ New iPhone

Last month the world’s most accurate Apple AAPL +1.97% tipster revealed the company is working on a radical ‘all glass’ new iPhone. The news was met with cynicism and excitement in equal measure, and now a major Apple supplier has confirmed it…

Speaking at its annual shareholder meeting Allen Horng, chairman and chief executive of long time iPhone chassis maker Catcher Technology ,said Apple will make its 2017 iPhone using a glass casing.

Breaking down the radical shift, Horng said using a glass chassis would prove expensive and that Catcher requires “advanced processing technology” to pull it off. He also explained that the chassis would need to be reinforced by a metal frame.

The move is expected to go far beyond Apple’s previous glass backed iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S and rival Samsung’s recent Galaxy S and Note lines by using a single piece of glass for the whole exterior. Pull that off and Apple would certainly have a smartphone that looked like no other.

But it isn’t all good news.

Horng said that “As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year” and, given the range’s pricing, that would suggest the iPhone 8 Plus (Apple is expected to skip the iPhone 7S moniker for the iPhone’s 10th anniversary) or even the hotly rumoured iPhone Pro.

On top of this the iPhone 8 is tipped to transition to an OLED like many of its rivals, and feature an ‘Edgeless Display’ that eliminates the phone’s famously large top of bottom (chin and forehead) bezels.

All of which adds up to a device which sounds like it will more than makeup for the increasingly controversial omissions and depressingly familiar design of the upcoming iPhone 7…

source: forbes.com by Gordon Kelly

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