As reported by the Nikkei Asian Review, a head official of one of Apple’s major manufacturing suppliers is predicting that a new iPhone coming out in the near future will come with glass casings. Indeed, it was during a shareholder meeting held just this week that Allen Horng, the chief executive officer of Catcher Technology made his prediction.
Interestingly, Catcher Technology serves as the manufacturer of metal frames for iPhone devices, and not glass casings. Horng has however stated that he does not expect any major change in the business of Catcher Technology, even if it turns out that Apple is indeed making a shift to glass materials for its future iPhone releases.
It should be noted that Apple has explored glass materials for its smartphone lineup before. As a matter of fact, when the tech giant first unveiled the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4s back in 2010 and 2011, respectively, both models featured rear covers made of glass, albeit framed with metal. But with the release of the iPhone 5 in 2012, Apple went back to preferring metal casings for its iPhone devices.
Horng believes that only one of the new iPhone devices, slated for release in 2017 perhaps, will feature glass casings. He further added that despite using glass rear covers for one model, most certainly that model will still utilize metal to frame the casings made of glass. This is why Horng is confident that Catcher Technology is still far from going out of business.
Last year, as Catcher Technology’s most important customer, Apple contributed more than one third to the total $2.5 billion earnings of the Taiwanese company. The second and third most important customers of Catcher Technology are Hewlett Packard and Dell, which contributed 20 percent and 15 percent, respectively, to the firm’s gross revenues in 2015.
Various industry watchers are saying that Apple is forced to resort to glass materials for future iPhone devices because of the current state of the phone maker’s sales. iPhone fatigue has brought on slumping sales for the mobile giant, and if it does not do anything soon, its sales woes could spill over to succeeding quarters, or even years.
Enter new iPhone devices with rear covers made of glass materials. Of course, glass casings are nothing new, but in Apple’s case, at least it serves up a new look for the company’s biggest money earning product. Some may remember that back in April of this year, noted Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, actually also predicted that future iPhones, likely starting in 2017, will also feature glass materials.
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