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.
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.
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.