Apple pondering return to all-glass chassis for iPhone, analyst says

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
Apr 18, 2016
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  1. Apple is reportedly looking to the past for inspiration in designing future iPhones.

    Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities claims Apple’s 2017 iPhone – which would be the iPhone 7s, assuming it sticks with traditional naming conventions – will drop its aluminum chassis in favor of an all-glass enclosure.

    It wouldn’t be the first time Apple has shipped an iPhone primarily constructed of glass as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s featured rear panels made entirely of glass.

    As 9to5Mac correctly points out, nearly every premium smartphone maker is now crafting handsets out of aluminum. The lightweight material looks great in most applications but given its widespread use, Apple is reportedly looking to differentiate itself from the competition. An all-glass handset would certainly do just that although concerns over durability immediately come to mind.

    Companies like Corning continue to innovate but for the most part, toughened glass protects against scratches, not drops. Motorola demonstrated last year with its Droid Turbo 2 that a shatter-proof screen is possible using a flexible AMOLED display and multiple lens layers. If Apple does indeed go with an all-glass design, one would hope that it utilizes a type of glass that’s hard enough to withstand everyday abuse.

    It would be uncharacteristic for Apple to wait until 2017 to overhaul the design of the iPhone as that’s something that traditionally takes place every other year. In theory, we should see a redesigned iPhone later this year although leaks to date suggest otherwise.

    iPhone concept courtesy Martin Hajek,

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Glass on glass action is where it's at.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Smudges, smudges everywhere!
    Reehahs likes this.
  4. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 711   +380

    Purchase. Drop. Break. Replace. Repeat ...

    Profit !
    yRaz, Reehahs and psycros like this.
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 859   +873

    Delicious useless glass back, for the phone that will end up in an otterbox. Great move.
    MoeJoe likes this.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,870   +1,291

    Beat me to it. Like someone nearly always does on TS :)

    Hey, why not a wooden iPhone? They'll have lines of hipsters down the street like they haven't seen since the 3GS.
    MoeJoe, seeprime and Reehahs like this.
  7. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

    I just hope they get rid of those giant top and bottom bezels whatever material they go with.
  8. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    You've got to absolutely love it!!!! Only Apple is able to go retro and sell it as new (see iPhone SE). Without any new innovation; Apple followers lap it up!
  9. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,998   +1,317

    Add this to a possible lack of headphone jack and you end up with one horrid product!
  10. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    I'll stick with the 5se then. I'm done replacing screens
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Even if they made it from polystyrene iSheep would still gawk at it with doe eyes. Not that Apple would dream of overcharging for it with the 8GB model coming in at a piffling 800 skins with a $5 discount coupon bunged into the box for some crappy Beats headphones with a lightning connector to sweeten the gruel.
  12. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 336   +199

    All glass with no headphone jack. Brilliant!

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