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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has outlined further predictions for next year's iPhone lineup, claiming the popularity of Jet Black models will encourage Apple to return to glass casing for 2017 models, as the material tends to have a higher gloss finish than metal.
While a glossy finish is possible for metal casing, we identify two prerequisites for the 2017 new iPhone to be competitive in terms of casing design, considering competitors will definitely launch smartphone models with glossy metal or glass casing prior to Apple's launch: (1) adoption of a glossy finish design; (2) enhanced productivity and higher yield will prevent a supply shortage, as has happened with jet black casing, which is manufactured at an unsatisfactory yield rate of 60-70% due to the metal material; and (3) better scratch resistance will improve user satisfaction. All things considered, we see glass casing as the only option.
Kuo believes Apple is more likely to stick with slightly curved 2.5D cover glass on the 2017 iPhone, as used on iPhone 6s, rather than adopt a fully curved 3D design, in light of mass production considerations and drop test performance. Kuo previously said Apple will launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with a curved OLED display and glass casing next year, which a subsequent report said will be a high-end model. The other models would retain LCD displays with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes.

Kuo said the new glass casing will be reinforced by an aluminum metal frame, while stainless steel will be used for high-end models.
Metal frame can be stainless steel or aluminum, with former more likely for high-end models. As all-glass casing is not possible at present given technological bottlenecks, a metal frame surrounding the edge is necessary for reinforced structure design. As stainless steel has a better look than aluminum and costs more, we expect only high-end new iPhone models to come with a stainless steel frame next year.
The analyst believes Foxconn will be the sole supplier of high-end iPhone models next year as the exclusive manufacturer of the new stainless steel frame. Meanwhile, glass material supplier Corning and glass casing makers Lens Technology and Biel Crystal are said to be beneficiaries of the new glass design.

Article Link: 2017 iPhone to Feature Glass Design With Stainless Steel Frame on High-End Models
 

zhang96

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It would be heavier, but look at the Apple Watches. If there is a black finish like the Apple Watch Stainless Steel, it would be amazing.
 
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Why there is no news about kernel changes in objective-c?

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mach/machine.h
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_6_14 <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/cpufamily_intel_6_14>
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_6_15 <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/1444924>
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_CORE <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/cpufamily_intel_core>
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_CORE2 <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/cpufamily_intel_core2>
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_MEROM <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/1444833>
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_YONAH <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/1444859>
Added a #def CPUFAMILY_ARM_HURRICANE

The plot thickens.
 
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wolfshades

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Not too sure about the value of a fully curved design anyway. It may look cool but….are there other considerations? Does it feel better in your hand? More stable perhaps?
 
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vertical smile

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I am hoping for a design that looks similar to the iPhone 4 and 4s. Maybe just lighter and stronger.

IMO this has been Apple's best design so far. The 5 design is not bad, but the 6 and 7 looks too much like every other phone on the market. The first time I saw the 6, I thought it was an Android phone.
 
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yesjam

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What's this model going to be? The iPhone "Edition"? iPhone 10th Anniversary Model? iPhone X?

No matter what, this spells greater lineup fragmentation, which in my opinion is a bad thing.
 
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bingeciren

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Apple is pissing against the wind for vanity. I think Samsung had the most practical solution with a removable textured plastic back: 1) It allows access to a removable battery, 2) If it gets scratched, replace the cheap back cover, 3) no need to use a bulky protective sleeve to prevent scratches to the back of the phone. All very practical and utilitarian features but very un-Apple and un-Ive.

iPhone 4 had a glass back and front and people still used covers and sleeves to protect because despite being glass, it still scratched.
 
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Why there is no news about kernel changes in objective-c?

Code:
mach/machine.h
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_6_14 <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/cpufamily_intel_6_14>
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_6_15 <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/1444924>
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_CORE <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/cpufamily_intel_core>
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_CORE2 <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/cpufamily_intel_core2>
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_MEROM <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/1444833>
Removed #def CPUFAMILY_INTEL_YONAH <https://developer.apple.com/reference/kernel/1444859>
Added a #def CPUFAMILY_ARM_HURRICANE

The plot thickens.

Well the removal of the Intel CPU families isn't anything to get excited over, it's removing legacy CPU support it seems.
 
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MrGimper

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Another Ming-Chi Ku round of rumours to cover every base, so that they are crowned the new Nostrodamus when some of the stuff they've predicted (which equates to every possibility and permutation) is actually true.

It may have [insert feature here], but it may not have [insert same feature here]
 
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yesjam

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iPhone 4 had a glass back and front and people still used covers and sleeves to protect because despite being glass, it still scratched.

To be absolutely fair, the iPhone 4's glass back did not scratch anywhere near as easily as the iPhone 7 Jet Black does. The Jet Black finish is more akin to an iPod Classic's back than an iPhone 4's.

Add to that the fact that scratch-proofing has nominally increased since the introduction of the iPhone 4 and I would say that this option would be quite attractive. It further adds higher potential for wireless charging, a feature the iPhone 7 should have had.
 
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