So far there have been numerous leaks surrounding the iPhone 7 and trickle of details about the 2017 model have also begun to the rounds.
According to report on Nikkei mentioning a statement made by CEO of Catcher Technology, indicating that the 2017 iPhone may be undergoing some major design changes. For those not in the know, Catcher Technology happens to be a major Apple supply partner, so taking this information seriously won’t hurt anyone.
Catcher CEO Allen Horng shared: “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.” So, it looks like one variant of the 2017 lineup will be employing a glass casing; something that hasn’t been done besides on the iPhone 4S.
As noted by Yahoo!, Horng’s words sit aptly with the previous information received from Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. In the previous month, Kuo had revealed that Apple may be looking at a glass casing of sorts for the iPhone 7S. Apple is said to be making this move in order to set the offering apart in the crowded marketplace with smartphones that more or less look quite similar.
To erase any concerns over the glass adding bulk to the 2017 model, Kuo shared that at least one variant in the lineup will sport an AMOLED display. This should take care of the increase in weight if any. Kuo also believes that Apple is hard at work on an iPhone variant featuring “curved glass panels” both on the front and back.
For now, it is widely believed that the upcoming iPhone 7 won’t be boasting of a radical design change, as was expected. It is said that the device will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor in terms of design with just minor changes.
However, people in the industry believe that since next year marks the tenth anniversary of iPhone, a major overhaul is expected from flagships that will be launched by then.
Keep watching this space for more updates on the iPhone 7.