AAC, Hi-P & Casetek said to be vying for metal iPhone chassis orders from Apple

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At least three Asian firms are competing to get orders for next-generation metal iPhone casings from Apple, a new report indicated on Wednesday.




These include China's AAC Technologies, Singapore's Hi-P Electronics, and Taiwan's Casetek, a subsidiary of Apple asssembly partner Pegatron, DigiTimes sources said. Both AAC and Hi-P have allegedly sent product samples for verification, one of the earliest steps towards entering the Apple supply chain.

Hi-P and Casetek are already a part of the chain, but the former has mostly provided plastic iPhone chassis, while Casetek makes the iPhone's power and volume buttons as well as iPad and MacBook casings.

Today's rumors align with ones about a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone coming later this year. The product is expected to use a Casetek-made metal back, ditching the glass found on the iPhone 8 and X. If so it's not certain that the phone will support wireless charging, though Apple could come up with a workaround, such as a cutout.

The company's leading devices this year are believed to be two OLED models, the first sized at 5.8 inches like the iPhone X, the second measuring between 6.2 and 6.5 inches. LG Display could be the panel provider for the latter.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,460member
    It would be cool if Apple could use those Liquid Metal patents they bought. 
    peterhart
  • Reply 2 of 5
    hmlongcohmlongco Posts: 127member
    jd_in_sb said:
    It would be cool if Apple could use those Liquid Metal patents they bought. 
    Agreed. Supposedly the amorphous alloy is RF transparent and as such would theoretically support wireless charging.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    neilmneilm Posts: 515member
    At least three Asian firms are competing to get orders for next-generation metal iPhone casings from Apple, a new report indicated on Wednesday.
    In further "news", Foxconn may be putting their janitorial contract out to bid. [/s]
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Why is Apple going back to metal cases when they just started using glass again? Plus why have they not used the Liquid Metal that they bought a few years ago? The substance is very shock absorbent and they have had it for awhile now, so it would seem they would be able to build cases out of it by now. I just wonder is all. 
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