2017 iPhone 7s may feature an "all-glass enclosure"

2017 iPhone 7s may feature an
The idea that Apple would be moving towards a design reminiscent of the iPhone 4 has been bouncing around for a while. Many loved the design of the iPhone 4 even though the glass front and back did lead to more risk of double shattering and the newest rumor says that while Apple is still going that route, it might not be this year.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst who has a higher average of accurate predictions than most, is apparently getting more sure of his previous prediction that the major redesign of the iPhone won't come this year, but in 2017 with the iPhone 7s. Kuo says that's when Apple will shift to the iPhone 4-like design with an all-glass enclosure and AMOLED screen. 

There are a couple strange things about this rumor. First is the new idea that the redesign will include an "all-glass enclosure" which seems to imply that unlike the iPhone 4, the major redesign coming to the iPhone won't even have the metal band around the edge. Curved glass has come a long way, but having an "all-glass enclosure" seems like a recipe for lots of damage if you drop your phone. Either that, or you cover up the impressive all-glass enclosure with a case, which completely nullifies the point of a well-designed phone.

The other major issue is that if the "major redesign" isn't coming until next year, that would mean this year's iPhone 7 would be using the same basic design as the last two years of iPhone. Not only would that be bucking Apple's trend of redesigns every two years, but it would be trouble for the company which has already been fighting against a saturated market. It's hard enough to convince users to upgrade without your flagship looking basically the same three years in a row. 

Though, leaks have made it appear as though there won't be a major redesign for the iPhone 7, so maybe Apple isn't as worried as it should be about its sales numbers.

source: 9to5Mac

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41 Comments

1. Saioofi

Posts: 326; Member since: May 23, 2014

No way an S model will be such a big upgrade

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It probably will and they will change the naming scheme away from the "s" system because of the connotation it has now. They will likely start going from 7 this year to 8 next year. This is all thanks to Tim Cook, who besides being a numbers guy, is a terrible replacement for Jobs when it comes to taking risks and innovating. They're focusing completely on money and profit margins now. They will release the same looking iPhone to saves money from not having to redesign the phone or their manufacturing.

41. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

S models never change this gradually, though. As the S stands for speed apparently, it goes for big changes in the eternals which the next 7s will feature a dope A11 chip in 10nm.

30. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It won't be an S model my friend. It will be the iPhone X which means 10th anniversary. Ok, I was joking about the name, but the second part is true. Just because we are use to a tick/tick cycle doesn't mean it will be that way all the time. We will get an iPhone 6SE this year and the iPhone 7 next year. After that, the S cycle will continue. Things change. Did you forget the iPad use to always come out in the spring and the iPhone came out in June?

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Lol, this "rumour" about iphones with all-glass design has been going on for over five years.

17. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Much like the "iPhone without home-button" thing, eh?

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and "FP scanner on apple logo" thing

38. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

I even heard iphone 5 with a holo keyboard years ago.

32. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

More like 2 year ago with the patent of a wrap around display. 5 years ago was the iPhone 4/4s era which ironically had a glass front and back. There was no such rumor about a wrap around display back then. If it was, provide a link!

3. Vanliewn

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah because that's sturdy and logical.

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

more crack = more money for apple.. why not?

4. NoAllegiance unregistered

So similar to other phones released prior...

12. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

The iPhone 4 was the first phone with a glass back and front that made it to mass mainstream and popular.. The second was the S6 and S6 but this time with a unique edge design, this rumour of the iPhone 7s is a throw back to the iPhone 4 but improved beyond both the 4 and S6 in terms of taking the glass design beyond its current limits.

33. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The second was the Sony Experia phone and the LG Nexus phone. Samsung copied it in third place lol!

34. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

What phone has an all glass design?

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It might include the answer to "why are we here". Let's just see what 2016 has to offer first.

6. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

With all glass you can do curved (Edge) with no bezel at all, it's the ultimate Edge and something that others should have done already. Who knows, maybe we see some China guys do it this year as they are rumored to go with curved and this solution is obvious - ofc not all that easy to produce.

8. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Only idiots will believe this "all glass desing", the back maybe but not all of it LOL.

9. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

And since when does Apple change their desing for the "S" versions:DD

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Maybe this year it will be iPhone 6SE ;)

35. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

2017 it is my friend>

14. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Apple needs this new "glass design" to compete with Samsungs S6 and S7 design, but next year? I feel like it's a little to late.. Like Samsung comes out with a new plasma flexible phone and Apple is still stuck dealing with a 2-3 year old phones -.-

18. Ikechukwu

Posts: 246; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

said the same thing about the iPhone 3GS, oh.. same about 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s.... smh people and their s**t. Remember someone arguing with me that the iPhone 6 was running android. After 2 minutes I told him he might be right, let's talk about something else... Now, all glass body because?

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And invisible iPhone...lol.

20. ..Z..

Posts: 85; Member since: Apr 16, 2016

iNvincible iPhone.

22. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

So... ALL glass? What about the back? I'm confused, so it will be the 4S with glass sides instead of metal? I presume the side bezels will be replaced with a curved OLED screen like the S7 edge. Then what about the top bezel? What about durability? What about a premium fell? Apple are you ditching the "S" models?

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Possibly in preparation to implement wireless charging. I'd take sturdy glass as found on the Oppo Finder (http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1ypGduE ) over tin-can aluminium any day. Nothing premium about holding an icicle in my hand IMO.

29. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Please.. Can you stop being a troll.. The tim-can companies have done nothing to you.. Don't belittle them by comparing their standard Aluminum to Apples so called "paper weak" Aluminum where blowing on an iPhone can serious dent if not permittly damage the device.

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Such immense butthurt. Sorry the truth-hurts muffin...

26. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Won't be long we will see how these rumors turn out. I'm curious to see what iPhone 7 and the Note 6 brings. I really hope it's not a glass back though. Saw a girl drop her S6 Edge at Walmart at the checkout. She was so upset. Cracked the screen. Made me cringe when it hit the floor. No case on it at all.

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