iPhone 8 May Feature iPhone 4-Like Stainless Steel Chassis Instead Of Aluminum

If this new report which leaked out in Asia is accurate then Apple has decided not to invoke the aluminum supply services of Foxconn for this year’s iPhone, instead suggesting that choosing to purchase stainless steel casings from Jabil with only intention in changing the outer material which forms the main body of the upcoming iPhone. Here’s some of those reports we consider the best so far.

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The newly leaked report not only raises the excitement levels about the potential of an entirely addictive design for this year’s iPhone, but rather also adds support to earlier claims that suggest  Apple’s next device could feature a design directly focused on glass.

This latest suggestion on Apple’s choice of design cites a number of Taiwanese sources with insider knowledge of Apple’s plans. Considering that Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s were the last iPhone models to be manufactured from a steel alloy, with the middle of the device sandwiched with glass. Although Apple moved away from that design just after introducing iPhone 5 later, choosing to rely on the flexibility and hardness of aluminum for all models since.

Aluminum wasn’t exactly been without its issues for Apple, but with almost every single iPhone owner remember the scandal around the potential for the iPhone 6 to bend when put under pressure. Even with that incident Apple didn’t move away from using the same material altogether, instead moved across to a stronger 7000-series aluminum to provide greater structural strength for future models.

In addition to moving across to steel for the iPhone 8, it’s also being speculated that the company will manufacture the device with a new metal forging process, rather than utilizing the old billet milling approach as adopted with the iPhone 4s.

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This idea of moving over to steel doesn’t immediately seem beyond impossible. Apple’s next iPhone has heavily been tipped to include a design that’s hugely based around glass elements, something which has been heavily discussed by analysts and industry sources since mid-2016. Whether or not we will see a device that introduces wireless charging, OLED technology, as well as an invisible Home button, or just a phone with a new physical aesthetics?

(Source: DigiTimes [Google Translate]) (Via: RedmondPie)

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