The iPhone 7 may have already done a fine job in disappointing fans this year. But the 10th anniversary iPhone 8 may be a revolutionary smartphone, fulfilling expectations from tech professionals and consumers.
The initial special feature tipped by Ming-Chi Kuo involves an “all glass” iPhone 8. Before you say it’s mere speculation, a recent Forbes report has received a second confirmation from an Apple supplier.
The rumored tip by Ming-Chi Kuo was confirmed by Catcher Technology’s (manufacturer of iPhone chassis) chairman and chief executive Allen Horng during his shareholder meeting. However, what seems to be disappointing is Horng’s take on the glass design, which he said would be pricey to manufacture due its use of “advanced processing technology.”
As exciting and innovative as it may sound, it’s a risky step by the tech giant, which had already faced mass criticism for the “bending of iPhone 6.” A wrong move with iPhone 8 will result to a brittle flagship release in 2017.
Horng confirmed that the design would be supported with a metal frame. This move by the manufacturer would help avoid the shattering of the glass. However, a drop test by Cult of Mac suggests it still won’t be as good as aluminum. Apple would be placing its bets on the All Glass smartphone.
“As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year,” said Horng. This shatters rumors regarding the release of the iPhone Pro (presumed to be a high-end variant).
The “All Glass” design may point to other rumored features such as the inclusion of OLED technology, edgeless display, the removal of the home button, and fingerprint technology embedded on screen.
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