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Apple iPhone 7s may incorporate glass casing

Apple iPhone 7s may incorporate glass casing
Apple iPhone 7s may incorporate glass casing
Catcher Technology CEO says Apple will look into glass in an attempt to better differentiate its iPhones from the competition.

According to Catcher Technology CEO Allen Horng, the future iPhone 7s could be equipped with a glass enclosure. The company has been a major supplier of aluminum for Apple and its CEO attempted to allay fears from investors about rumors of the glass iPhone as such a model could impact revenue for Catcher Technology.

iPhone made of glass

Rumors of a glass iPhone began circulating even before the official statement from the Catcher Technology CEO. Since Catcher is primarily an aluminum production company, the move to glass is a worrying prospect. According to Nikkei, Apple alone has been responsible for over 33 percent of Catcher Technology revenue. The supplier may be forced to expand its range of clients by taking orders from Chinese manufacturers to prepare for any reduced aluminum orders from Apple.

No iPhone without a metal frame

Nonetheless, a full glass body is an unlikely scenario according to Horng. He believes that an iPhone without a metal frame is impossible for the foreseeable future as a metal frame backbone is still required for strength.

A number of high-end Samsung smartphones currently incorporate Gorilla Glass on both the front and back sides of the chassis including the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-05-25 (Update: 2016-05-25)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.