Apple’s much–vaunted iPhone 8 will feature a stainless steel chassis, with the Cupertino company ditching the aluminium frame used in the current iPhone 7 range.
Supply-chain sources in Taiwan say that the move will allow Apple to create a sturdier base for the iPhone 8, which is set to come with a glass back panel.
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The last time Apple opted for a steel and glass design was in its iPhone 4s, having introduced what many regard as its best design the previous year with the iPhone 4.
The new iPhone 8, however, is expected to be a radical departure from previous iPhones.
Reports claim it will not feature a home button and will come with a curved screen, much like the well reviewed Galaxy S7 Edge made by rival Samsung.
Apple’s key manufacturing partner Foxconn will assemble the new, stainless steel chassis along with a US–based company, Jail.
Word is that the new design is much more stable than existing aluminium frames and costs less to produce.
The iPhone 8 is due to launch this autumn.