KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a reported today suggesting Apple’s future iPhone design, specifically in 2017, will bring about a non-aluminum design, and possibly go back to glass.
Kuo believes the rationale for doing so will be because of a possible decline of iPhones sold this year, so a fresh new form factor for the following year would help boost sales and interest, according to a note obtained by MacRumors:
On expectations that iPhone shipments will decline in 2016, we believe Apple will be more strongly motivated to use non-aluminum casings in 2017 in a bid to enhance the competitiveness of iPhone by offering an all-new form-factor design.
Apple already uses glass casing for iPhone 4/ 4S, and non-Apple brands have also been using glass casings. We therefore think a drop test will not be problematic for glass casing. A glass casing may be slightly heavier than an aluminum one of the same thickness, but the difference is so small that the use of the thinner and lighter AMOLED panel will compensate for that.