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iPhone 8 To Ditch Aluminum Chassis In Favor Of Stainless Steel

10 January 2017, 8:48 pm EST By Samantha Dean Tech Times
Reports suggest that the iPhone 8 will come with a stainless steel chassis. Like the iPhone 4, the next-gen smartphone will use stainless steel instead of aluminum.  ( Justin Sullivan | Getty Images )

Apple's next-gen flagship iPhone 8, is rumored to be ditching its aluminum chassis in favor of stainless steel.

The new comes courtesy Taiwanese publication Digitimes which revealed on Tuesday, Jan. 10, that Apple was considering using stainless steel for the next-gen iPhone 8.

"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 to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time," notes the publication.

The report also disclosed that the order for stainless covering for the iPhone would be shared by  Foxconn, as well as US-based Jabil.

Though Apple relied on a stainless steel case for its much older iPhone 4, the company shifted to aluminum as the metal of choice from the iPhone 5 onwards. 

However, the company's iPhone 6, which launched in 2014, encountered the Bendgate issue wherein the smartphone was getting bent when kept in the rear pocket of jeans.

This incident revealed that the Apple handsets were prone to getting deshaped and the material used was blamed for the bending. Apple had shifted to 7000-series aluminum used on the original Apple Watch for the iPhone 6.

The latest report suggests that while the stainless steel used for the iPhone 8 would be similar to that used for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, the fabrication process used by Apple would be different.

The next-generation iPhone is rumored to debut later this year and is also said to tout a glass back.

iPhone 8 Rumored Specs

The iPhone 8 will reportedly see Apple imbibe innovative features and a novel design. According to reports, the iPhone would be featuring curved screen, similar to that of its rival Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge.

Apple is expected to launch three models of the iPhone with two 4.7-inch model which sport TFT-LCD screens. The bigger model of the iPhone may sport a 5.5-inch OLED screen and could feature a dual-camera setup.

The handset's hardware is allegedly being prepared in Israel. The display of the device will apparently embed fingerprint support.

The iPhone 7's successor is anticipated to also offer wireless battery charging support. With the launch of the three iPhone in 2017, Apple may be able to cement its place further in the smartphone space.

With the much-awaited launch of the iPhone 8 expected to be in September, the latest smartphone could turn around the company's future significantly. Whether it will deploy stainless steel instead of aluminium remains to be seen.

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