Nikkei: all iPhone 8 models to have all-glass design, new 5″ model in the works

By , Oct 26, 2016

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According to Nikkei Asian Review today, Apple’s 2017 iPhone family (which may be called “iPhone 8” rather than “iPhone 7s”) will include three models, adding a brand new five-inch form factor to the mix. All three models of the iPhone 8 should boast refreshed industrial design.

The overhauled phones would be sandwiched between two pieces of chemically hardened curved glass—like KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a report to clients.

Both glass backs and cover glass for the iPhone 8 will be supplied by China’s Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology, an industry source told the publication. The glass front and back will be held together by a brand new metal frame, but Apple is said to have yet make a final decision on the design of the metal frames.

The source was quoted as saying:

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.

Apple’s contract manufacturer Foxconn and its subsidiaries have been working to develop glass backs, according to Nikkei, but Foxconn may be unable to secure orders for the component “because its Chinese rivals have the technological edge”.

“The source said however, that the U.S. tech titan could change its plans for the new backs, given that it ceased production of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 model bearing a single lens less than six months before launch,“ reads the report.

Nikkei previously claimed that the iPhone 8 family would include a premium 5.5-inch model sporting a curved display using Samsung-made OLED panels while the other two models would stick with the traditional LCD screens.

Today’s report disputes Gabelli & Co. analyst Hendi Susanto and Universal Display executive Darice Liu who speculated that AMOLED display might be limited to a “specialized iPhone 8 edition” until suppliers can meet Apple’s needs for a full rollout.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

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  • Connecting Mac User 

    iDB Please let me enjoy my new iPhone 7 first before you all go ruin the whole fun with unknown(supposed) iPhone 8!!!

    • Hussain Alsanona

      You have 11 months to enjoy it.

    • We don’t make the news. We just report it.

      • Connecting Mac User 

        Hi Sebastien, I love you guys work and enjoy the whole news rumor, I only made a comment that shouldn’t be taken seriously literally 🙂

  • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

    Why would u want the smaller versions when they’re inferior plus tbh 4.7 or 5 inch is too small bigger is better for my use case I watch a lot of videos and play a lot of games plus the larger models battery is bigger and better camera even more so in 2017 if only the plus gets the OLED screen and only the plus gets dual Cam

    • Shinonuke

      Maybe I missed it but they still have the 5.5″. I am going to get the 5″ if they have it.

      • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

        But why it’s too small for watching videos and playing games and it won’t be as high resolution as the plus have smaller battery no OLED no dual camera for my use case bigger is better I watch a lot of videos and play a lot of games and the plus also has louder speakers and I listen to a lot of music

      • Some people don’t that kind of stuff. 4.7 seems to big at times tbh.

      • Shinonuke

        I have to admit that I missed using the 6s+. My 6s doesn’t last as long and playing game on the 4.7″ is a little cramp. On the other side, I can’t fit the 6s+ in my jeans. Express does not make pockets deep enough for the modern phones. I am limited to what I can carry in my pockets. Ladies can carry their big phones in their bags

      • aw81

        I’d rather watch videos on a proper screen, I hate the larger iPhones personally, iPhone 4 was my favourite sized phone, I can deal with the 5 but no way would I want anything larger in my pocket.

      • Chloe Elizabeth Wade

        Tbh my prediction for the names is 4.7: iPhone 8 mini(I mean from most companies that’s about mini size now anyway) 5: iPhone 8 5.5: 8 plus

  • David Gow

    Can’t wait my ip6+ works great but I’ve saved my money for the next one

  • Srv Rungta

    I knew it. When initially they said only one model will be all-glass, I knew the rumour was not true. That’s simply not Apple’s style.

    And now, they are saying there will be 3 models! This is false too. The current 4.7 inch model will transform into the 5 inch one, as the size may remain the same and the screen’s area can be increased, turning 4.7 inch size into 5 inch size.

    I don’t know what Apple will do with the 5.5 inch one.

    Therefore there will be two models. 5 inch one and 5.5 inch(?) one.

    • Rowan09

      I think the 4.7 since it should lose the bezels will be 5″ and the 5.5 should move up in size as well. I don’t see 3 models due to pricing issues.

  • Ugh, the whole thing I love about Apple products is the aluminium constructions. The iPhone 4 was alright as it still had some of it in the design.

  • leart

    i usually update to the S models, but if this rumor it’s true I would love to have a new glass iphone

  • 4.7in and a 5in phone, I doubt that. The 5in will most likely replace the 4.7in.. and of course there still needs to be a 4in model.

  • Leslie Bee

    I’d rather have the smaller 4.7″ model myself. Then again, when the iPhone 8’s debut, the then “old” iPhone SE’s should drop in price.

    When I want to play games, I pull out my iPad Mini. My iPhone stays mostly in my pocket since my iWatch takes care of me most of the time. (That’s right, I said “iWatch” haha)

    But pay no attention to me–I plan to keep my old reliable MacBook Pro 17″ and my 2012 MacBook Air rather than “upgrade” to the latest trend.

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

  • tariq

    I stopped caring about how the back looks. Gonna have a case or decal on the phones anyways

    • aw81

      I can’t remember the last time I saw someone with an iPhone that wasn’t in a case.