Apple iPhone 8 is expected to be manufactured using stainless steel frame alongside two glass panels. According to DigiTimes, the Cupertino-based company is reportedly working in close partnership with suppliers to provide unique stainless steel frames for the rumored iPhone 8.
If the rumors of the integration of stainless steel frame turn out to be true, it is a tactical shift from the conventional aluminum unibody design used by Apple. Furthermore, the new handset will also be different than the flagship smartphones currently available in the market.
Meanwhile, DigiTimes also revealed that the iPhone manufacturer is also planning to bind the stainless steel frame with two glass panels on both sides. Rewinding back, the iPhone 4 also used a similar design with stainless steel and glass on both the rear and front side.
Since the rumored design is prone to cracking, we expect that Apple is working with suppliers to ensure hard panels. Meanwhile, DigiTimes reported that cost of the forging process is 20 to 50 percent cheaper than the currently available CNC machine process. There are reports that Wistron will join Pegatron and Foxconn to assemble and manufacture the iPhone 8.
If the reports as mentioned above are true, then it certifies the previously surfaced rumors on the web about the much-anticipated design. The current design exists since the introduction of the iPhone 6. Hence, Apple thinks that a design refresh will bring wonders in the overall sale and profits of the company.
In addition to the glass design, Apple will also add features such as wireless charging because the currently available aluminum unibody design is not much compatible with the technology.