Apple is rumoured to be swapping aluminum for stainless steel in the iPhone 8

Posted by at 11 January, at 12 : 15 PM Print

As reported by reported by DigiTimes, Apple will be using stainless steel for iPhone 8’s metal frame instead of aluminum. The rumor was leaked by iPhone’s East Asia supply chain. The news was first spotted on Apple Insider.
Apple Insider says, stainless steel was first used on iPhone 4, and Apple will be using stainless steel again. This switch supports the predictions that the iPhone 8 will have glass at the front and back of the phone (glass-sandwich design).

Usually, DigiTimes isn’t always correct when it reports about Apple’s future iPhone design and features. However, in September MacRumors said KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also predicted about iPhone going back to stainless frame for high-end models.

“Stainless steel gives a better look compared to aluminum, therefore, it will cost more,” said Kuo, “Because of price factor, only high-end new iPhone models to come with a stainless steel body in 2017.”

The DigiTimes rumour cites Taiwanese sources. The prediction is based on the reports that Apple has changed its supplier. It is reported that instead of its usual supplier Foxconn, Apple is now ordering stainless steel iPhone casings from Jabil.

However, DigiTimes news contradicts MacRumors reports. MacRumors cites Kuo’s statement, according to which Foxconn will continue to be the sole supplier and exclusive manufacturer of the new stainless steel frame for iPhone’s high-end models in the coming year.

In December, some manufacturing documents were leaked which confirmed the rumours regarding future iPhones. The documents also revealed that the next iPhone could be named iPhone 8 or iPhone 10. Internally, the Cupertino company is has given it the codenamed “Ferrari.”

According to the rumor on upcoming iPhone models, Ferrari will have “AMOLED” panel, a new kind of organic light-emitting diode display (OLED) screen. Interestingly, OLED screen has already been used by Samsung. OLED screen – which will be mounted on plastic, suggesting a curve look – will make the phone borderless with all-display front surface.
The leaked documents also states that home button will be invisible and the charging will be wireless.

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