As per KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – who is an analyst with a high hit rate for being precise – Apple will change from aluminum iPhone casings to glass in 2017.
Note that doesn’t have any significant bearing to the iPhone 7, which is required to be disclosed in September of this current year.
As indicated by Kuo, the move allows Apple to differentiate its phone from, well, practically other people out there who is also using aluminum.
If iPhone 7 still uses an aluminum casing in 2016, it will be the fifth year consecutively that iPhone has done as such, which implies there is no more a feeling of freshness to appeal to customers. Also, a great deal of Apple’s (US) rivals are also receiving aluminum casings, which implies iPhone no more has a reasonable edge because of an absence of differentiation. On desires that iPhone shipments will decline in 2016, we believe Apple will be more strongly inspired to use non-aluminum casings in 2017 in an offer to upgrade the competitiveness of iPhone by offering an all-new frame element plan.
Apple already uses glass casing for iPhone 4/4S, and non-Apple brands have also been using glass casings. We along these lines think a drop test won’t be dangerous for glass casing.
Weight too is unlikely to be an issue, given the weight saving that Apple would make changing to AMOLED displays, which is also anticipated that would happen in 2017.
A glass casing might be marginally heavier than an aluminum one of the same thickness, yet the difference is small to the point that the use of the thinner and lighter AMOLED panel will make up for that.
It’s normal that Apple will keep on offering iPhones with aluminum cases in 2017 and potentially beyond, however, these are relied upon to be older models.