CEO of iPhone assembler Wistron spills the beans about new features for the 2017 models

The CEO of contract manufacturer Wistron, which will be sharing assembly duties of the Apple iPhone 7s Plus this year with Foxconn, made comments today pertaining to some of the features on the 2017 variants of Apple's iconic smartphone. With 2017 representing the tenth anniversary year of the iPhone, Apple is set to launch three different models. Besides the aforementioned iPhone 7s Plus, there will be the 4.7-inch Apple iPhone 7s, and the premium Anniversary model dubbed the Apple iPhone 8.

Wistron CEO Robert Hwang spoke with reporters following the company's annual stockholder's meeting, and disclosed that the assembly process for this year's iPhone models has not changed much despite the addition of wireless charging to the phones for the first time ever. Testing, though, is a different matter. The addition of wireless charging and the improvement in the iPhone's IP rating to 68 from 67 means that Wistron will have to run assembled units through different testing procedures to make sure everything is copacetic. Raising the degree of the iPhone's waterproof capabilities to match Samsung and LG's 2017 models means that the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 will survive being submerged in nearly 5-feet of water for as long as 30-minutes. That is a 50% improvement from the 3.2-feet that the 2016 iPhone units can be safely submerged to.

Besides assembling the 2017 Apple iPhone 7s Plus in China, the company is producing the 4-inch Apple iPhone SE and Apple iPhone 6 in India. But the Indian plant that churns out Indian made iPhone models for the local market may end up being dead weight. Originally built to help Apple lower costs in India, the Indian government is thinking about changing the tax system at the beginning of next month. The new plan would benefit imports over locally produced goods and that would negatively impact the iPhone models rolling off the assembly line at Wistron's iPhone plant in India.


Wireless charging and the higher IP68 certification rating will apparently be available on all three 2017 Apple iPhone models. Keep in mind that we probably won't see the trio unveiled until some time in September.

source: Nikkei

FEATURED VIDEO

52 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Those are both good news for anyone interested in the iPhone. Good move.

5. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Good move indeed unlike something else.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, might improve its standing against the best phone on the market, the S8/S8+, as per most reviewers.

19. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You know, every time you say that, it makes you look like a Samsung shill. You are more blind than darkk.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Coming from a blind Apple shill, I don't care.

48. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You're a Samsung shill, tedkord.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@Flash/mxy/batmite post 19. I'm not blind lol, my eyes are wide open. That's why Samsung is my daily driver. When I felt iPhone was the better device for me, it was. Now that's not the case, it's just another good phone. My S8 Plus is outstanding dude, and out performs my 7 Plus in all areas, except apps in memory. Go to your Mxy account, and grab some butthurt and salty forms.

27. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Post 24 I am sure his mxy/batmite names must have gotten banned. I haven't seen them for awhile now. Very true Darkk, this phone is one awesome phone. I do miss my pen though, lol well let's just say the note 8 is coming, lol

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@sissy post 27. I'm definitely grabbing a Note 8. I'm making sure everything is on my 256 gig sd card, so I can just pop it in.

32. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Speaking of banned wonder if texhiexp1969 got banned? He's using his other account PrYmCHGOan.

42. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@jeroome post #32 He's rather been Limited, not banned.

49. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

@darkk You are blind. I told you once before that I am not batmite. You claim to be a neutral party, but you salivate anything Shamesung does even though their phones don't always hold up over time. The S8 is a joke, the Note 8 is just going to be a blown up S8. You are blind. The S8 is only good for the first few days until it becomes another forgotten Galaxy phone. Come on darkk/batmite/tedkord.

28. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"You are more blind than darkk." Aww... would you look at that, didn't you treat darkk as a very unbiased and reasonable guy when he is praising Apple and bashing fandroid trolls?

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@NoToFanboys post 28. Yes he did, but he made the mistake of thinking it was fanboy praise. Little did he know, I'll criticize as quickly as I praise.

41. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah I remember those days, many android trolls here kept calling you blind Apple fanboy LOL.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Surprise surprise lol.

50. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

No you don't. Stop lying, darkk.

47. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Why are you responding to me? You're a hypocrite. I have nothing to say to you, faker.

52. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You're the only one in this site calling me a hypocrite, meanwhile you're being called a hypocrite by many people here. You see the irony? Also, I'm a fake just because I'm calling you out for being a blind fanboy? LMAO

6. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lmao, so whats so special bout this info? Ip68 and wireless charging that other phones (like samsung) have had for years now? Oh, Pls. U could talk bout other exciting stuff or at the very least shed more light bout some uncertain things bout the ip8 like AR, 3d sensing, design, fps under display, screen, stereo speakers configuration, touchbar, 3d touch module, build materials, dual ff and rear cameras, ram etc.. Not some info most people weren't interested about in the first place.

8. pixel8or

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

What is amazing is that because of their P.T. Barnum (how old school of me. Should say "Steve Jobs") marketing pixie dust, wireless charging will still sound "game changing".

20. yyzamin

Posts: 380; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Don't hate the player, hate the game. There's good marketing and there's great marketing. There's companies that release half baked features, and there's a company that wait until their working 100% I wish Apple users showed as much hate for Android phones. But we're not the jealous type. At the end of the day their just phones man. lol

30. AxelFoley unregistered

You clearly haven't read the articles on the Galaxy S8 on this site. Or, you have a very selective memory.

53. yyzamin

Posts: 380; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

I don't read any articles relating to Android.

54. yyzamin

Posts: 380; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

I don't read any articles relating to Android.

51. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

Wait a min. Siri and Map were 100% when they were packed in with the new iOS/iPhone? I didn't know

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed ted.

2. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Yawn....

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Welcome to 2015 IPhone... Still trying to figure out what/why the anniversary edition is priced at the rumored 1k price point??? Looks like I'll be keeping my 7+ and will be pre-ordering the Note 8...

7. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You weren't going to in the fist place. So u can spare us your reasons next time.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.