The rumored iPhone 8 could have an all-glass front and back surrounding a steel frame center, according to a report by Taiwanese news site Digitimes.
This most recent iPhone 8 rumor says that Apple manufacturers Foxconn and Jabil are building the phone’s body with two reinforced glass panes — one for the front and one for the back — according to the Digitimes report. The two glass panels are then said to be held together by a stainless steel frame.
Current iPhones, like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S, use a single piece of aluminum for the body and backing, and Digitimes’ sources claim that using a steel frame could cost Apple 30 to 50 percent less while also giving the company better quality control. The bezels on the side are also reported to be steel.
While a glass backing is more breakable than metal, it can transmit signal better than metal, an important point that supports the rumor that the iPhone 8 will have wireless charging. The phone’s home button function could also incorporate directly into the display.
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