Apple has been developing a glass casing for a new iPhone with an AMOLEDdisplay to be unveiled in 2017, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, reportedly said this week in a note to investors.
That would mark a return to the design of the iPhone 4 and 4s, both of which had glass casings.
The use of the AMOLED screen will offset the heavier weight of a glass back for the device, Kuo reportedly said.
No more than 40 percent of iPhones will be made with aluminum bodies once the glass device is launched, he predicted.
Apple has lots of experience with using glass in the iPhone 4 line, Kuo pointed out, dismissing concerns about the glass casing being damaged when dropped.
The new iPhone will have curved panels on the front and rear and a 5.8-inch screen. The glass casing will provide a point of differentiation from the competition, Kuo reportedly said.