Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI has revealed that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) plans to stop using aluminum casings and instead shift to all-glass covers.
The leaked information suggests that the company plans to restyle the iPhone, and it will start by eliminating the popular metal casing in favor of glass. The analyst also claims that the company plans to introduce a curved OLED display for future iPhones. These changes will be included in the next generation of iPhones in 2017 meaning the iPhone 7 will not feature the glass chassis since it will be launched this year.
A few other phone manufacturers competing with Apple have recently adopted metal casings for their devices. Apple might be trying something new to refresh its style as well as remain unique. It is a good move on the company’s side because the move will offer something new to keep customers excited.
The analyst did not reveal details about how the firm plans to adopt the glass casing. Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S also featured a glass front and back though it had a metal band. These devices also had a lot of problems because they would easily crack when dropped. The recent rumors about all-glass iPhone casings have raised a lot of questions about how the company plans to make the handset casings completely out of glass.
Kuo also stated that he does not believe that the company will have an issue when it comes to drop tests despite the decision. The analyst believes that the company has employed efforts to strengthen glass technology over the past few years. Apple recently struck a deal with Samsung for the supply of OLED Panels which highlights plans to launch future devices with curved OLED screens. Kuo has built himself a good reputation as an analyst and therefore there is a high likelihood that the information is legitimate. His previous reveals about the iPad Pro and the 12-inch MacBook among other devices were correct. However, Apple has not made any comments about the matter.