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Analyst: 2020 iPhone will have an iPhone 4-like feature

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the 2020 iPhone will have one feature asking to the iPhone 4 (pictured): a metal frame design.

He forecasts that the design will include a metal frame with a “more complex segmentation design, new trenching and injection molding procedures, and sapphire or glass cover assembly to protect the trench injection molding structure.” The “metal frame and front and rear 2/2.5D glass are still used, but the metal frame surface will be changed to a similar design to the iPhone 4, replacing the current surface design,” he adds.

He adds that the cost of the metal frame and glass case will rise significantly, with a maximum increase of 50-60% and 40-0%, respectively. If the grooved cover is made of tempered glass, Kuo sees the cost of the metal middle frame and chassis increasing by about 25–35% and 20–30%, respectively. 

The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) isn’t sure how to feel about this forecast. Starting with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X begin sporting a glass backing. This move was seen as an attempt to facilitate wireless charging. If the 2020 iPhone switches back to a metal casing, how would this affect wireless charging? On the other hand, one benefit of a metal backing is better durability.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.