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Report: The 'iPhone 8' to Feature Glass Front and Back

The 10th anniversary iPhone should arrive in September 2017
Credit: Steel Drake
iPhone 8 Concept
September 29, 2016

Apple hasn’t changed the basic look of the iPhone since introducing the iPhone 6 in 2014. That will change in the new year when the “iPhone 8” is expected to launch, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, the respected analyst at KGI Securities.

As first noted by AppleInsider, Kuo expects the 2017 iPhone to feature a scratch-resistant all-glass finish for both the front and back, with stainless steel edges for premium models. The current iPhone features glossy metal casings.

He notes:

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.

iPhone 8 concept

iPhone 8 concept

Credit: Steel Drake

Next year is the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone, which could be one of the reasons Apple didn’t make a design change on the iPhone 7 like it had in previous even years.

The next iPhone is likely to arrive in September 2017. Among the possible changes are an edge-to-edge OLED display, concealed home button, and more.