The iPhone 8 release date is still a long way. But that doesn’t stop sources from speculating on the device. One of the recent reports on the next generation iPhone point to a neglect of changes.
The report comes from Yahoo! Tech. Consequently, the article cites a recent claim regarding the future of the iPhone 8. The claim in question appeared on Quora, posted by user Brian Roemmele. An overview of the discussion posits that “Apple will create an iPhone primarily from ZrO2 – Zirconian Ceramics”.
The bulk of the discussion centers on explaining how Zirconia Ceramics work. However, the bottom line of the text points at Apple potentially going with Zirconia Ceramics on the next generation iPhones.
To back the claim, the user reveals Apple-filed patents concerning the use of ceramics and polymer structure.
iPhone 8 release date neglects biggest iPhone change?
Nevertheless, although the user supports his argument with extensive research, the Yahoo! Tech article offers a different view.
It cites Atomic Delights product designer Greg Koenig’s discussion on why the next iPhone won’t feature any major change in terms of material. Yahoo! Tech quotes Koenig’s explanation as follows:
“…Apple would need 2 football field’s worth of kiln space for each ceramic iPhone to sinter for the requisite 36 hours. For the 2 hours of hard ceramic machining to finish the case details, Apple would need to go from 20,000 CNC machines, to 250,000. They would need another 200,000 employees to perform the 2 hours of hand polishing to ‘bring out the strength and luster’.”
With Koenig’s point, Yahoo! Tech explains that the major logistic strain it will cost Apple is reason enough why it won’t go with ceramic.
Hence, no matter how the idea seems enticing, the next iPhone will still be made out of “familiar” materials.
However, despite this disappointment, rumors point that the iPhone 8 will introduce major changes. At this point, however, those changes are still a mystery. Stay tuned for more news on the iPhone 8 release date and other details.