As Catcher Technology is working out how to adjust its assembly line for how to make a chassis for an all-glass iPhone in 2017, it seems that major assembler Foxconn is trying to figure out what to do about the whole “all-glass” part of the gig.
Insiders have tipped off Nikkei Asian Review that the manufacturer has been trialing glass cases since last year in an effort to protect its position as a major contract partner to Apple. Foxconn commits half of its business with the tech giant.
Nikkei reports that Apple bought metal chassis for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 from Foxconn, Catcher and Jabil, a company from the US.
The publication also claims that Apple killed one of two rumored 5.5-inch iPhones scheduled for release this year. One source said it did so with less than six months before launch — a sign of instability at the company.