Supply-chain report suggests premium iPhone model, steel vs. aluminum as differentiator


A new supply-chain report reaffirms a three model iPhone upgrade this year, including a 5.8-inch model that will be squeezed into the body of the current 5.5-inch phone. Previous rumors have suggested that this model be named iPhone 8, while the other two iterative updates will be titled iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

However Digitimes gives us one more detail. The report states that Apple will use the same aluminum alloy from the iPhone 7 for the 4.7-inch model, while the new 5.8-inch model will have use reinforced glass and stainless steel. The report has no information regarding the 5.5-inch model.

The reinforced glass chassis’ stainless steel metal frame will be supplied by Foxconn Technology and US-based Jabil Circuit, while the aluminum-alloy chassis will be supplied by Catcher Technology.

Digitimes also notes that they expect to see significant year-on-year revenue growth in 2017.