While we wait for Apple to launch the iPhone 7 later this year, rumors about next year’s iPhones too have started trickling in. One of Apple’s suppliers may have accidentally revealed a key aspect of next year’s iPhones that will help it stand out in the crowded smartphone market — glass casing. Also Read - New iPhone SE to be the most affordable 5G phone from Apple, to launch in 2022Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaks
Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Chairman and CEO of Catcher Technology, Allen Horng, let slip Apple’s plans to use a glass body on next year’s iPhone. Horng said that at least one iPhone model launching next year will have a glass casing and a metal frame, Nikkei reports. He further said that this metal frame for this iPhone will require ‘advanced processing technology’ and won’t be cheap to manufacture either. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
Though there is over a year-and-a-half for the launch of the iPhone 7s, Horng’s claims do align with recent claims by noted Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. Earlier this year, Kuo claimed that Apple’s plans for the 2017 iPhone included a curved glass body, wireless charging and an AMOLED display among others. If true, this would be the first time since the iPhone 4S, when an iPhone gets a glass-covered body.
Next year’s iPhone is shaping up to get a radical makeover, especially when you take into account a recent report by Apple enthusiast John Gruber. He claims that next year’s iPhone will get a radical design overhaul, which includes a edge-to-edge display and no home button below the display. Instead, the TouchID sensor will be integrated into the display itself. While this may seem too futuristic, LG recently showed off a prototype of a display which integrates a fingerprint scanner.
In the meantime, all eyes are on Apple launching this year’s flagship iPhone smartphone. After the iPhone SE, Apple is expected to launch three more iPhone models — 4.7-inch iPhone 7, 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, and a 5.5-inch iPhone Pro as well.
This Pro version is said to boast the rumored dual-camera setup at the back, which includes 12-megapixel camera lenses along with support for optical image stabilization (OIS) and 2-3x optical zoom. Last year s acquisition of LinX could play some part in the camera s functionality. Production of the three iPhone variants is said to have kicked off at Foxconn and Pegatron’s facilities.