Japanese publication Nikkei Asian Review reported yesterday that Foxconn Technology is developing a glass chassis for Apple?s iPhone 8 for 2017. This confirms rumors that the 10th anniversary iPhone 8 will sport a glass case with a metal frame.
Apple is expected to redesign the iPhone in response to the weakening demands and stiff competition from its rivals. The tech giant is also expected to move from the current low-temperature polysilicon display panels (or LTPS) to active-matrix organic light-emitting diode displays or AMOLED. It is similar to the display screens that Samsung uses on their mobile devices.
The first iPhone to have front and back glass panels is the iPhone 4. Back then, Apple used the Corning Gorilla Glass 2. This design was riddled with complaints with some of them eventually leading to lawsuits. However, new technologies present new opportunities. Test results suggest that the new Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is about two times stronger and slightly thinner than its predecessor. It can also absorb 80 percent of the impact when dropped at a height of 1.6 meters. Current iPhone models use this glass technology from Corning.
Aside from Foxconn, Apple is also working closely with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company or TSMC. This collaboration is largely focused on the design for the new A-series processor, the A11. This new processor is said to be based on the 10-nanometer manufacturing process and uses TSMC?s integrated fan-out and wafer-level packaging technologies. This means the chip will be able to provide more processing power while increasing power efficiency. The previous iPhone models, the 6s and 6s Plus use 14- and 16-nanometer designs, respectively.
Previously, Samsung has been the major A-series chip provider for Apple. However, as of late, Apple is slowly shifting its business to TSMC. It is estimated that more than 60 percent of the chip manufacturing will be handled by TSMC while the remainder will be by Samsung.
In comparison to earlier releases, September?s iPhone 7 is rumored to have modest improvements. Clearly, Apple is saving all the good stuff for next year?s iPhone 8.
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