In a recent report, Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple will be launching a new iPhone with a curved OLED display screen, a glass casing and a stainless steel frame next year.
Kuo strongly believes that the success of the glossy Jet Black iPhone 7 will entice Apple to return to glass because it has a higher gloss finish than metal.
Kuo Made The Following Statement:
“While a glossy finish is possible for metal casing, we identify two prerequisites for the 2017 new iPhone to be competitive in terms of casing design, considering competitors will definitely launch smartphone models with glossy metal or glass casing prior to Apple’s launch:
(1) adoption of a glossy finish design; (2) enhanced productivity and higher yield will prevent a supply shortage, as has happened with jet black casing, which is manufactured at an unsatisfactory yield rate of 60-70% due to the metal material; and (3) better scratch resistance will improve user satisfaction. All things considered, we see glass casing as the only option.
Metal frame can be stainless steel or aluminium, with former more likely for high-end models. As all-glass casing is not possible at present given technological bottlenecks, a metal frame surrounding the edge is necessary for reinforced structure design. As stainless steel has a better look than aluminium and costs more, we expect only high-end new iPhone models to come with a stainless steel frame next year.”
Kuo also said that it is likely that Apple will stay with a slightly curved 2.5D cover glass to maintain a better drop test performance and higher production yields.
A company named Foxconn is expected to be the supplier of the high-end iPhone models next year. Foxconn will be the exclusive manufacturer of the new stainless steel frame. Corning the glass supplier, Lens Technology the glass casing maker and Biel Crystal will play a major part in the new design.