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Apple rumored to use glass chassis only for premium variant of iPhone 2017

The iPhone 4-like glass design will be reserved for the most premium variant.

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Apple is expected to announce three new iPhone models this year as its flagship smartphone completes 10 years since its first launch in 2007. With two models in continuation with last year’s series of iPhone 7, Apple will also be announcing a third model, dubbed iPhone 8, which is believed to be the most premium variant boasting top-of-the-line features. Based on latest reports, the iPhone 8 will be using a glass and steel chassis while one of the other two models will continue using the older aluminum alloy chassis.

For the anniversary edition iPhone, Apple has been long rumored to adopt a glass sandwich design, something which the company has earlier experimented with its iPhone 4 model. However, owing to the sheer fragility of glass and metal chassis, Apple discontinued its usage and moved to a much stronger alumium alloy design. For the upcoming iPhone, the rumor mill has regularly stressed on Apple’s move back to the glass design, to possibly include wireless charging capabilities and adding more aesthetic value.

According to the latest report on DigiTimes, the iPhone 8 will be the only model from this year’s lineup to have a unibody crafted out of reinforced glass with a stainless steel metal frame. The stainless steel to be used in the glass chassis will be reportedly supplied by Foxconn Technology and US-based Jabil Circuit, while the aluminum-alloy chassis will be supplied by Catcher Technology. ALSO READ: Apple really wants you to know iPhone will get wireless charging this year

Other iPhones rumored in the 2017 lineup include the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus. If the latest report is to be believed, the iPhone 7s will sport a 4.7-inch display while the iPhone 7s Plus have a 5.5-inch display, While the smaller iPhone 7s will use an aluminum-alloy chassis, it is unclear if the iPhone 7s Plus will also use similar design or fall into the premium segment with a glass sandwich design.

To recall, the iPhone 8 is expected to feature a 5.8-inch OLED display. There have been rumors about Apple following Samsung’s steps and use a curved edge display on its premium iPhone 8. However, one needs to take the information with a grain of salt. Furthermore, with Apple’s recent alliance with the Wireless Power Consortium, rumors about a wireless charging feature are further strengthened. If the official listing on the WPC website is anything to go by, then we might be able to finally see an iPhone getting charged wirelessly. This is not to be confused with the ambitious long-distance wireless charging patent the company is known to have filed for. It is expected that the iPhone 8, being the most premium model, will start selling at an eye-watering price of $1,000 onwards. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to feature larger 2,700 mAh battery: Report

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  • Published Date: February 15, 2017 4:16 PM IST


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