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.
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.
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.