Apple is expected to release three new iPhone models in 2017, including an iPhone 7S with aluminum casing and an iPhone 8 with a glass casing reinforced with a stainless steel frame, DigiTimes reported Tuesday. The iPhone 7S, which is expected to measure 4.7 inches, will continue using an aluminum-alloy chassis supplied by Catcher Technology, sources from the "upstream supply chain" told DigiTimes . The highly-anticipated 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will come with glass casing reinforced by a stainless steel frame supplied by Foxconn Technology and Jabil Circuit. Apple is also expected to release a 5.5-inch iPhone. That device's casing has not been confirmed yet.
There is also new information about the handset's camera, and it corroborates recent reports of a vertically-aligned dual-camera module. On Monday, Mac Otakara outed some details about the rumored "iPhone Edition," which is also referred to as iPhone 8 by many technology news sites and analysts. According to the Japanese blog, Tim Cook's company is adopting a familiar design that makes use of a stainless steel frame to hold together the front and back glass panels of the upcoming iPhone. The enclosure is going to be sandwiched by the glass plates, just like what Apple did to its 2010 edition smartphone. The blog also indicated that the next-generation iPhone will come with flat OLED display and with 2.5D cover glass on the edges.
With 10 years of iPhone iterations under its belt, there's immense pressure for Apple to deliver an iPhone 8 with a new design and revolutionary features that'll truly blow people away. One persistent rumor that we keep hearing about is a redesign. The latest supply chain checks from DigiTimes suggest Apple might "adopt a stainless steel forging process" for the iPhone 8's frame to go with its new glass back. "The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time," the report reads. Though not confirmation by any means, the report seems to corroborate previous rumors that claimed the iPhone 8 will hark back to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S's iconic "glass sandwich" design.
Following the release of the first OLED iPhone on Nov. 3, Apple is now believed to be preparing two OLED next-generation iPhones for next year. The handsets are said to not only come with OLED screens, but also updated stainless steel cases. On Monday, famous Apple leaker and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published a supplier-focused investment report. The portion of the document that grabbed the attention of 9to5Mac though was the one that mentions two 2018 iPhones with OLED displays and stainless steel frames. While the former is already predictable after the introduction of iPhone X, the latter is anticipated because Apple is said to be planning to come up with a case with improved data transmission quality.
A dummy model for the Apple iPhone 8 has recently been shown off on in a new hands-on video. The iPhone 8 dummy looks pretty similar to previous leaks suggesting that this might be the iPhone 8's final look when it launches this fall. The hands-on video for the iPhone 8 dummy was shared by Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) on Twitter. The video shows the handset being turned 360 degrees giving everyone a look at its front, back and sides. Like previously leaked in-the-wild photos, the new video once again shows glass panels on the front and back, while the handset comes with a very reflective stainless steel frame.