KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has mentioned in his latest research note that Apple is going to switch to a glass casing for its entire iPhone lineup next year to integrate wireless charging tech. The wireless charger for the 2017 iPhone models will apparently be supplied exclusively by Pegatron.
While there are engineering solutions available to wirelessly charge mobile devices made with metal, wireless frequency tolerance issues restrict the speed of charging to a significant degree. An all-glass build will ensure superior performance with wireless charging and also help fulfil Jony Ive’s desire to have an iPhone that looks like a “single sheet of glass”.
Last week, the analyst had claimed that Apple will release the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models next year with an LCD display, while an OLED display will only be offered in a single model. The dual-lens camera solution will only be available on the 5.5-inch and OLED iPhone models, while the 4.7-inch model will continue to feature a single-lens camera solution at the back. While he did not specify the screen size of the OLED iPhone model in his latest research note, he had previously talked about a 5.8-inch iPhone with a curved OLED display and an all-glass build. And if a Barclays analyst is to be believed, the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone model will come with a bezel-free design, which means that it may not feature a physical home button on the front. Japanese website Nikkei has also reported that Apple will be launching three new iPhone models next year, out of which one premium model will boast of an edge-to-edge OLED display.