Apple's iPhone 4S was the last iPhone to include a glass casing on its back and it seems Apple is going to revert to the theme by including glass panels in future iPhones which will probably be stronger and more rugged that the ones in iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
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KGI securities, a well known authority on Apple-related news, had made a mention of the fact earlier and had stated that the existing Aluminium casing in iPhones will soon be replaced by glass panels. Quoting people familiar with the development, an Asian news publication named Nikkei today said that next year's iPhone will include s glass with metal frame.
"Apple is expected to redesign the iPhone, including giving it a glass chassis, in 2017 to boost weakening demand and to see off stiff competition from rivals, including South Korea's Samsung Electronics and China's Huawei Technology, whose phones use Android platforms," said Nikkei.
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"Market watchers suggested that Apple's new iPhones would adopt glass casings with metal frames and advanced organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, a design Samsung already uses for its premium handsets. This will give iPhones developed in 2017 a sleeker look and a brighter, more energy-efficient display," it added.
Apple recently won a patent for a landmark iPhone design featuring a 360-degree wraparound curved display which raised speculation on whether such a display could be incorporated in iPhone 7s to be launched next year. Apple is reportedly running a secret development lab in Taiwan whose sole purpose is to create future iPhone displays that will be thinner yet brighter and sharper than the existing ones, and we wonder if the lab is presently perfecting glass panels for future iPhones as well.