Apple turning to stainless steel for the iPhone 8, report says


The grand master of Apple analysis, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, predicted that Apple will turn to stainless steel frames all the way back in September. And this prediction seems to be backed up by more recent rumors.

According to Digitimes, Apple has looked towards the US company Jabil for forging stainless steel frames for its 2017 handsets. The last iPhone that employed stainless steel was the iPhone 4s, but it used a different manufacturing process.

The frame of the iPhone 4s was milled by a CNC machine. This basically means that a big computer-controlled machine cut out the frame from a huge chunk of steel. Forging, on the other hand, is the process of pressing the steel into shape, either with a power hammer or a press, with the help of various tools and dies.

It's expected that the stainless steel frame will be wrapped around a glass-sandwich design, which should help for better scratch resistance. The stainless steel will be more costly for Apple than the aluminum it's been using in the last few iPhone generations, but it should give the handset a more premium and sturdy feel.

Source: Digitimes

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32 Comments

1. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Expect the next base iPhone to be $800+

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They will stick with $749.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"They will stick with $749."

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"They will stick with $749." Only in the U.S... but everywhere else it's gonna cost more than 749 bucks... 800 bucks most likely.

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't speculate for other countries and I really do feel sorry for those ppl who want certain phones but have them priced way to high in their countries.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Hasn't that been like that for ever now? Basically iPhones cost the same as usual for every country.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

You trolls always say that - yet year after year it's the same price.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I remember when the iPhone was $599. I remember when it was $649. What exactkly are you getting for $749 I remember when the Galaxy S was 599, And the S7 are still $649. But look how much more the S7 offers for the same cost. Apple keeps going up and give nothing The S6 and S7 are the first time 2 models shared a near identical design, unless you claim the S4 and S5 looked identical. But, every iPhone has been this way.

2. raerae

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

They will patented the material & sue other company who will use it.

4. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Apple has all those engineers and they finally figured out steel is the better material for super thin and light frames...how amazing

5. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Yes. Finally we will have a premium material. Unlike cheap aluminium.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This is just the frame. The body could still be aluminum.

24. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

LOL stainless is cheaper than Magnesium Alloy and aircraft grade aluminium - especially the manufacturing process This is just another cost reduction - but sell at the same price - to maximize Tim Cock's bonus

30. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Very smart comment. Keep it up....

6. basher

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Apple turning to stainless steel for the iPhone 8, report says This will happen in 2018 I guess, because this year Apple will launch 7S which means same design, new colour, few improvements, and a new buggy OS.

9. sio2ga

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2016

The author of this has a critical error in this article. He describes "forged" as "pouring molten metal into a mold". That's the definition of casting metal. The author should google 'difference between cast and forged'. The little boxed explanation at the top says "Casting is the process where metal is heated until molten. While in the molten or liquid state it is poured into a mold or vessel to create a desired shape. Forging is the application of thermal and mechanical energy to steel billets or ingots to cause the material to change shape while in a solid state." So obviously the author's definition of forged is wrong in this article.

10. Damian.M

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Sorry for the error, and thank you for pointing it out. I have now corrected the piece.

11. IT-Engineer

Posts: 543; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Seriously !!

14. Tizo101

Posts: 539; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

"The grand master of Apple analysis, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities" really?!

15. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So all glass rumor is out and now it's all steel.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Oops, I did mean all steel. But it kills the wrap around glass.

20. mikehunta727 unregistered

The phone was never going to be"all glass", it'll most likely be like the S7 Edge but with stainless steel rails

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Sissy, you and your flock should really understand the difference between third party rumors and Apple announcements!!! So far Apple never did anything about all glass or stainless steel. Apple has. It announced a word about hr next iPhone AT ALL. everything you heard or rad about next iPhone has been from people just like you and me making it up - as in: spreading rumors. Grow the hell up! Yes, because it's rumor - it will contradict other rumors (not change).

28. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I know that it was never said by Apple. I was being sarcastic and making fun of all the rumors going around.

29. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I don't believe rumors, I believe it when I see it. But a lot of fans do believe these rumors, ifans and Samsung fans.

21. pt020

Posts: 160; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Did they patent stainless steel already?

25. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Yes, but this will be a new and wonderful and soft yet beautiful stainless steel called iSteel which will be better than normal stainless steel because Apple hand picked only the toughest and most resilient carbon nanotubes, while using the tears of koala bears from the northern reaches of Australia for lubrication during CNC process, and then finally polished using alligator skin so that the finish is nothing short of pure silk. I expect Apple to patent it anyways lol

22. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

More premium fell or just heavier?

23. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Cheap materials. What else are they short cutting on? Stainless is soft compared to Magnesium alloy and high grade aircraft aluminium. Will be interesting to read about the next bendgate.. I'm off to buy popcorn

31. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Another one, go go go.

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