Apple Reportedly Launching Three Glass-Backed iPhone 8 Models in 2017, Including New 5-Inch Model

According to Nikkei Asian Review today, Apple’s 2017 iPhone family (which may be called “iPhone 8” rather than “iPhone 7s”) will include three models, adding a brand new five-inch form factor to the mix. All three models of the iPhone 8 should boast refreshed industrial design.

Both glass backs and cover glass for the iPhone 8 will be supplied by China’s Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology, an industry source told the publication. The glass front and back will be held together by a brand new metal frame, but Apple is said to have yet make a final decision on the design of the metal frames.

The source was quoted as saying:
Apple has tentatively decided that all the 5.5-inch, 5-inch and 4.7-inch models will have glass backs, departing from metal casings adopted by current iPhones, and Biel and Lens are likely to be providing all the glass backs for the new iPhones next year.
Specifically, the lowest-end device will be the 4.7-inch model, while there will reportedly be a brand new 5-inch iPhone introduced right in the middle. At the top of the line, as has been the case since the introduction of the iPhone 6 Plus, will be the 5.5-inch unit. The report states that one premium model will exist, and that it will feature an edge-to-edge OLED display, while the other two models will feature standard LCD displays.

Today’s report disputes Gabelli & Co. analyst Hendi Susanto and Universal Display executive Darice Liu who speculated that AMOLED display might be limited to a “specialized iPhone 8 edition” until suppliers can meet Apple’s needs for a full rollout.


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