One Glass Body Model in 2017
There have been talks of Apple using a glass body for at lease one of the new iPhone models being released in 2017. This information was reported by Nikkei, after Catcher Technology CEO Allen Horng said so in an interview. Catcher Technology happens to be amongst Apple’s primary suppliers for iPhone casings.
Apple is employing the use of glass in the casings to stand out in the market saturated with aluminum-bodied phones, said Horng.
“As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year,” Horng told reporters after the annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. “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.”
Horng has said that only one iPhone will use a glass-only body in 2017. He expects Apple’s move to glass to do no harm to Catcher’s revenue since Apple will still be using a metal frame for their devices.
This revelation also coincides with predictions made by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who had said that Apple would use a glass-backed design in 2017. But Kuo Further predicted that only a select number of the 2017 iPhones would have the glass-backed design. This suggests that a mixture of normal aluminum-bodied devices will be sold alongside the new glass-bodied variant.
The 2017 iPhone is speculated to be revolutionary, so it is expected that Apple may change a host of things, or conversely go back to their roots and release a single phone instead of different variants. Kuo said:
“In 2017, the ratio of new iPhone models using aluminum casing will likely drop significantly from current 100% to 40% or less. In addition to reiterating our view from the March 25 report, we believe the share of new iPhone models using aluminum casing will significantly fall from current 100% to 40% or less.”
The last time Apple used glass in their devices was for the body of the iPhone 4s in 2011, all devices since have featured aluminum bodies. For 2017, Apple is looking to equip their glass body with an edge-to-edge OLED display with a Touch ID sensor in the glass, getting rid of the home button giving us a very smooth, sleek design.