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A Not-So-Smart Apple Supplier Confirms a 2017 iPhone Will Feature A Glass Casing

May 19, 2016

We’re months from the official unveiling of the rumored “iPhone 7.” But a CEO of one Apple supplier has already made the unwise mistake of talking about the 2017 iPhone lineup.

At least one new model

At least one new model

Allen Horng, chairman and CEO of Catcher Technology made the comments at a recent shareholder meeting, according to Nikkei.

Catcher provides the metal casings for the iPhones. In 2015, Apple contributed almost $2.5 billion in revenue to the company.

Interestingly, Horng said he only believes one iPhone model will feature the new design:

“As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year,” Horng told reporters after the annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. “I don’t think this move will have an impact on Catcher’s revenue as glass casing still needs a durable metal frame which requires advanced processing technology and would not be cheaper than the current model.”

Word of the 2017 redesign first landed back in March. The device could also feature an improved OLED panel and possibly a Touch ID sensor built into the screen itself.

The “iPhone 7” is expected to feature a nearly identical design to the iPhone 6s/6 line.