There are plenty of rumours along with analyst inputs for months even before the launch of the Apple iPhone 7. And now there is a confirmed report coming from Nikkei stating that the upcoming iPhone 8 models next year will feature an all-glass design.
What the Nikkei from it sources also confirms, is that there will be three models. A 4.7-inch iPhone 8 along with the standard 5.5-inch model and a new 5-inch model as well. So far we have only heard of a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model, which is Apple’s current strategy for now.
Three Glass iPhone 8 models
What is important here is Apple’s move to shift to glass bodies. The Cupertino giant is said to be working with Biel and Lens Technologies, a Chinese company who currently supplies glass panels to Apple and Samsung. The same report however points out that Apple could change things at the last minute since it did the same with iPhone 7 Plus model this year. The source pointed out that Apple switched from a single lens iPhone 7 Plus to dual lens design just six months before launch.
“Apple has tentatively decided that all the 5.5-inch, 5-inch and 4.7-inch models will have glass backs, departing from metal casings adopted by current iPhones, and Biel and Lens are likely to be providing all the glass backs for the new iPhones next year,” the source told Nikkei.
The new design will feature metal, but this is expected to be on the inside, where the frame holds both glass panels together along with the innards.
Nikkei points out that Apple is not leaving anything to chance and will be attempting to woo even current iPhone 7 owners to upgrade to its re-design of the iPhone, which also marks the 10th anniversary of the product.
On the manufacturing side of things the competition is heating up as well, as Foxconn who currently provides the specialized metal back on current iPhone models will now have to find way to cook up glass backs that Apple is now out to pursue. The report however points out that Taiwanese Foxconn in all probability will not be able to secure that contract which currently lies in the hands of Chinese-owned Biel and Lens.
An OLED display and Wireless Charging
Nikkei Asia had earlier also reported of OLED displays in the upcoming iPhone 8 models. The same are expected to be produced by Samsung Electronics and the OLED display which would have curved edges will be available only on the 5.5-inch iPhone model.
Also hinted in an earlier report was Apple’s move to finally include wireless charging. This would be possible since the new iPhone 8 models will finally have glass backs, that would allow for wireless charging features.