Nikkei claims Foxconn has been developing the glass chassis for more than a year, alongside OLED display technology following its acquisition of Sharp. It’s still possible, however, that Apple could use Samsung OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone.
KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted Apple would switch to non-aluminum casings back in April. In his report, he argued:
"If iPhone 7 still uses an aluminum casing in 2016, it will be the fifth year in a row that iPhone has done so, which means there is no longer a feeling of freshness to appeal to consumers. Also, a lot of Apple’s (US) competitors are also adopting aluminum casings, which means iPhone no longer has a clear edge due to a lack of differentiation. On expectations that iPhone shipments will decline in 2016, we believe Apple will be more strongly motivated to use non-aluminum casings in 2017 in a bid to enhance the competitiveness of iPhone by offering an all-new form-factor design."Apple has produced a glass-cased iPhone before: the iPhone 4 and 4s in 2010 and 2011. The site 9to5Mac claims a majority of its readers are in favor of the switch from a metal casing, though some remain skeptical about potential durability issues presented by an all-glass case.
What do you think about the rumored changes in store for the 2017 iPhone? Would a dramatically different design prevent you from upgrading to an iPhone 7 this year?