iPhone 8 to feature glass chassis, AR support

iPhone 8 Concept
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Rumors about the iPhone 8 are flying thick and fast these days, with the latest report talking about what it’ll be carved out of. Apple is expected to launch 3 new additions to its portfolio this year, with two being standard ‘s’ upgrades and one a special tenth anniversary edition.

Sources from the upstream supply chain claim that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s will be composed of an aluminum-alloy chassis, a look that’s been around since the iPhone 6. On the other hand, the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will likely adopt a reinforced glass chassis with a stainless steel metal frame bordering it.

The material being used for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus is yet to be confirmed. It’ll probably stick to the same body as the iPhone 7s. Foxconn and Jabil Circuit are probably going to be in charge of supplying the OLED iPhone’s stainless steel frame, while Catcher Technology might deliver the aluminum-alloy chassis.

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Other than an all-new glass design, the iPhone 8 may also feature AR support. This theory’s been gaining a lot of steam lately thanks to a number of patents and comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook himself. He recently compared VR to AR, stating that the former closes the world out and the latter allows an improvement on what’s happening at the moment.

Now Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski has joined the chorus by issuing a report where she expressed increased confidence that Apple would include 3D sensing abilities in the iPhone 8. She believes this robust AR functionality will be a key differentiator for the smartphone.

Jankowski went on to specifically mention optical component vendor Lumentum Holdings Inc. Apple is reportedly working with the firm to develop AR technology. Lumentum had notably talked about a high volume mobile device application in its Q4 earnings call, raising speculation that it was referring to the next-gen iPhone.