Apple will unveil a wholly redesigned iPhone in 2017, using a glass rather than metal construction. That’s the word from Catcher Technology CEO Allen Horng, whose company currently supplies the metal chassis for iPhones.
Horng said: “As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year.
"I don't think this move will have an impact on Catcher's revenue as glass casing still needs a durable metal frame which requires advanced processing technology and would not be cheaper than the current model."
Rumours have flown in recent weeks about Apple’s plans to substantially overhaul its iPhone range in 2017. However, this is the first time that a supplier has confirmed Apple’s plans.
Horng’s pronouncements are unlikely to go down well at Apple HQ in California.
As well as a glass frame, Apple’s 2017 iPhone, believed to be called the iPhone 8, will feature an improved camera and an OLED display, possibly with a curved screen to take on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge.
This year’s iPhone 7, by comparison, is likely to offer only minor upgrades on 2015’s iPhone 6s.