Next Gen 2017 iPhone Will Adopt Glass Casing, Reveals Major Apple Supplier
Word on the street is that the new iPhone 7 won’t be a major departure from the current gen iPhone 6S. The phone will be more or less the same except for the antenna lines on the back, and a few other minor upgrades. Instead, the iPhone coming out in 2017 could have several new features, like the wireless charging, an edge-to-edge display, and a powerful camera.
Now, the CEO of Catcher Technology Allen Horng has apparently confirmed a big iPhone rumor. Catcher Technology is one of the major Apple suppliers who manufacture some of the aluminum shells for the iPhone 6. Seems like Horng has inside information on Apple’s chassis plans. According to Nikkei, he said in a statement:
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.
Apple might introduce a “special anniversary” or “Pro” model if Horng’s comment is to be believed, notes Patently Apple. This also means that the Cupertino based company could deviate from its usual “tick-tock” cycle which it has been following for past few years.
In related news, TSMC has just begun to tape out the design of Apple’s A11 processor that is expected to power the 2017 iPhone. The A11 chip is built on a 10nm FinFET process technology which should “achieve certification” in the fourth quarter of 2016.