Apple may use thermoformed glass for the iPhone 8 chassis to ease wireless charging

Apple may use thermoformed glass for the iPhone 8 chassis to ease wireless charging
Apple is allegedly toying around with various prototypes that may point it to an "all-screen" OLED iPhone 8 being announced in the fall, together with the arrival of the more orthodox iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, or whatever it decides to name them. While the latest speculation is that not much has been agreed on regarding the looks of said iPhone 8, a couple of basic requirements are said to be the starting point - display that is around 5 inches, dual rear cameras, and wireless charging.

That last feature obligation has reportedly prompted Apple to move back to glass for the chassis of the iPhone 8, as a metal bod and wireless charging don't necessarily play well together. In fact, Korean media is reporting that Apple is working with its Chinese supplier Biel Crystal on producing the glass back of the phone. Biel has been providing glass display substrates for the top dogs Apple and Samsung for a while now, as well as sapphire for the camera lenses or the Apple Watch screen.

They are reportedly now supplying thermoformed glass chassis samples to Apple that may go into an eventual OLED iPhone 8 that will have a front that is mostly screen, and clear of home buttons and other elements, while the glass rear will be sandwiched against it over a metal frame, or so the rumors go. A "thermoformed" glass cover is similar to what Samsung uses on its phones with curved display since the S6 edge. Samsung calls it "3D thermoforming," and it essentially places glass between two molds, heats it to 800 degrees Celsius, and then the cover glass gets pressed into the perfect symmetrical shapes that, say, formed the sides of the deceased Note 7.


Does this mean that the iPhone 8 will have tapered back and wraparound display against it for one smooth, uninterrupted look? Well, more leaks are needed, especially if Apple itself might not have decided on it just yet.

source: ETNews (translated)

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13 Comments

1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I've always been fascinated by the production of these devices. Am I the only one?

13. kerginaldo17 unregistered

I do not put faith in the new projects Apple gives. Unless someone does it first.

2. Macready

Posts: 1818; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Correction, the 2014 Note Edge was the first to employ a thermoformed curved front panel.

3. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Oh please stfu fanboy

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hold up, stating a fact makes you a fanboy? fascinating

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Don't expect much from piyath dude.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You need to STFU He is just posting the correct phone that had it first. Something the writer should have known.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

PA has always been inconsistent with their facts.

8. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

IPHONE S8 forma the isheeps

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4114; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Great job PA crowbaring in the Note 7 reference!

7. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

I hope this ends up true and the next round of iPhones indeed has wireless charging. I had several Nokia WP models and Android models with it. Tech was promising, but doesn't feel like it was moving particularly fast. iPhone getting this feature may spark quicker advancement. I mean if I could wirelessly quick charge and they could find a solution for the heat it would be awesome.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I am curious what form of wireless charging they will use. Will it be true wireless charging or just another form of inductive charging.

12. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

"A "thermoformed" glass cover is similar to what Samsung uses on its phones" Samsung's glass design. Samsung's curved design. Samsung's Oled screen. Interesting how the tables have turned.

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