KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that the iPhone 8 will switch to a glass design similar to the iPhone 4 with a metal structure made of stainless steel instead of aluminum. Today, a DigiTimes article sheds more light on the subject.
Citing supply chain sources, the report indicates that Apple is going to adopt a process for the new chassis rather than the traditional CNC machining process , although the metal structure (frame) should be retouched by CNC machining.
The component orders will be shared between iPhone maker Foxconn and US supplier Jabil, who supplied a stainless steel frame for the iPhone 4.
The two reinforced glass panes and the metal structure made by the forging process will result in greater robustness while reducing costs and manufacturing time.
This is because the cost of the forging process is between thirty and fifty percent cheaper than the current CNC machining process, apart from the fact that quality control is more stable with the forging process.
The iPhone 8 should be assembled by Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron, as per the DigiTimes report.