A new report from DigiTimes claims that Apple will be using an aluminium-alloy chassis for the 4.7-inch iPhone, with the 5.8-inch premium iPhone 8 Plus model featuring a chassis made of reinforced glass with stainless steel frame. The design of the 5.5-inch iPhone is yet to be finalised by the Cupertino company.
The reinforced glass chassis and stainless steel frame will be supplied by Foxconn and Jabil Circuit, a US based company. As for the aluminium-alloy chassis of the 4.7-inch iPhone, it will be supplied by Catcher Technology.
Considering the lower price tag of the 4.7-inch iPhone, it does make sense for Apple to make use of an aluminium-alloy chassis on the handset. It would also allow the company to better differentiate the handset from the two Plus models. A stainless steel chassis is more costly to manufacture and forge when compared to an aluminium-alloy chassis that is now widely used in most smartphones. The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 will still feature glass panels at its front and back which is required for the handset to support wireless charging.
The highlight of Apple’s iPhone 8 lineup this year will be the 5.8-inch model that will feature an OLED panel and a price tag of more than $1,000. It will also feature a bigger battery despite being smaller than the 5.5-inch model.