The three new iPhone models to be launched next year are likely to sport glass backs supplied by China’s Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology, an industry source told the Nikkei Asian Review.
Apple is preparing to unveil a made-over iPhone at the device’s 10th anniversary in 2017. The source said however, that the U.S. tech titan could change its plans for the new backs, given that it ceased production of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 model bearing a single lens less than six months before launch.
The new iPhone 8 range is now expected to also bear glass covers supplied by Biel and Lens. The glass front and back will be held together by a metal frame.
Apple is in a drive to woo potential customers and nudge its existing fans into buying the new range by coming up with a radically different look after its iPhone 7s were criticized for being too similar to previous models and lacking innovative features.
Nikkei Asian Review reported late August that Apple’s iPhone overhaul will also see the premium 5.5-inch iPhone 8 model sporting a curved display using advanced organic light-emitting diode panels, reportedly to be supplied by embattled Samsung Electronics, while the other two handsets will stick with low-temperature poly-silicon panels adopted by iPhone 7.