"I don't think this move will have an impact on Catcher's revenue, as glass casing still needs a durable metal frame, which requires advanced processing technology and would not be cheaper than the current model".
Apple is likely to adopt glass casing in its new iPhone models next year, according to a research note distributed to clients on Monday by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and obtained by Business Insider.
Kuo also notes in his report that Apple is considering switching to "2.5D glass" on the iPhone 8 as opposed to "3D glass".
According to the analyst, the glass panel would make give the handset a glossy finish, minus the unfortunate "micro-abrasions" associated with the jet black iPhone 7 model.
Apple is expected to release an iPhone next year that completely revamps the device, with a glass back, an edge-to-edge display, and possibly wireless charging.
Apple might further distinguish its high-end iPhones - like its Plus models - with the stainless steel material.
Those glass panels will be held together by an aluminum frame on most models, Kuo adds - but more expensive options will offer stainless steel instead.
"We believe glass casing will be the key trend for high-end smartphones over the next three to five years", writes Kuo.
As for the frame of the iPhone 8, KGI thinks that Apple will go in two directions: aluminum and stainless steel.
Apple reportedly asked its production partners to carry enough chips for up to 50 million units of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in the third quarter of 2016, but only 45 million units in the fourth quarter.
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