Apple supplier says iPhone with glass casing coming in 2017

By , May 19, 2016

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Apple is moving forward with plans to change its iPhone casing from metal to glass next year, says Catcher Technology CEO Allen Horng. Catcher is a Taiwanese metal casing maker and a key player in Apple’s current iPhone supply chain.

Following the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday, Horng told reporters that Apple hopes the move will help differentiate its handsets. He also dispelled rumors that the change will cause Catcher to lose their iPhone business.

“As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year,” Horng told reporters after the annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. “I don’t think this move will have an impact on Catcher’s revenue as glass casing still needs a durable metal frame which requires advanced processing technology and would not be cheaper than the current model. Horng said there will be no Apple handsets using glass-only casings without metal frames next year. 

Apple contributed over 33% of Catcher’s revenue of $82.41 billion New Taiwan dollars ($2.5 billion) for 2015.

The news corroborates other rumors that Apple is planning a major redesign for the iPhone in 2017, rather than this year as originally expected. It also comes amidst dwindling iPhone sales, which for the first time fell year-over-year last quarter.

Source: Nikkei

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  • Brutal07

    Why don’t they make it out of something even more fragile. That way, not only the face but the entire apparatus will break? Instead of making it out of revolutionary, stronger materials… we revert back to the most fragile of materials. Glass.

    More money for Apple.

    • I would love for it to be glass. It would make it stand out. Also iPhone 4/4s was my favorite design so far.

  • Mike M. Powell

    Cuz that’s a good idea .-.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Glass casing? Sick!

  • Jon20

    Hmmm… I wonder if this “All Glass Casing” has anything to do with the purchase of GT Advance sometime ago. Just because the company went belly up, doesn’t mean the materials and machines in the factory are not useful. An all “Saphire Glass iPhone” maybe???

    • Anonymous

      Thats exactly what i was thinking. Perhaps someday well see diamond glass backing.

      • askep3

        Either way it will still shatter just as easy, which is the main issue, not scratching

      • Anonymous

        So adjust the composition of the compund. Just like they have with the alloy frame. With as much mobey as appke has im surr they can hire skill chemical engineers and chemistry to build a strong phone.

      • askep3

        Tru

      • Anonymous

        To your point the metal phones are cool, but i also think those phone in futureisc movies where there all glass looking would be cool too. Well they were not phone more like desktops… But given the context i believe its fitting. 😉

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Even tho Apple purchased GTAdvan, I don’t believe it is functioning in any capacity on sapphire.

    • h4nd0fg0d

      And oh ya, we can dream…

    • h4nd0fg0d

      An android phone has never graced my hands, ever. Might change this fall. Oh the blasphemy, but oh well.

  • Paymon John Vafa

    funny, people keep pointing to apple for declining sales but in reality its b/c subsidies are being dropped by carriers.

  • Eliijah Moss

    Didn’t Apple invest in some type of special glass that’s really strong a couple of years ago? If they use that for next years phone, then everything should be fine. However, Apple doesn’t usually use patents until several years later, so who knows what the case may be.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Yay, a year late and a hundred million dollars short. Love ya Apple