As Apple turns 10, since it first unveiled the iPhone in 2007, everyone is looking forward to its next release, celebrating 10 years of its anniversary.
Apple’s next flagship iPhone 8 is now rumoured to come in stainless steel back, like the one found in the iPhone 4. Apple is expected to dump the aluminium panel it has been using in favour of glass ones, which will further be held using stainless steel back.
Sources from Apple’s supply line in Taiwan, have said that the company has decided to bypass its main manufacturer Foxconn in order to get forged stainless steel iPhone frames from another supplier Jabil.
“The next-generation iPhone is expected to abandon its conventional aluminum back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle. The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process,” reported DigiTimes.
According to the report, the forging process is being used to enhance iPhone’s sturdiness and reduces costs and manufacturing time. A spokesperson from the upstream supply chain pointed that the cost of the forging process will reduce by 30-50 per cent as compared to what current unibody CNC machine process cost.