With the iPhone 4, Apple introduced a handset made from metal and glass which proved to be a very elegant affair, although the glass on the back was prone to scratches, not to mention very ugly cracks when accidentally dropped. Apple then moved to an all-metal design with the iPhone 5 and it looks like that trend could continue with the iPhone 6.
Apple typically redesigns its handsets once every two years so it is expected that the iPhone 6 could sport an all-new design. It could also be made from metal, thanks to reports from Barclays and Morgan Stanley (via G for Games) who have predicted that Taiwanese manufacturer, Catcher, is expected to supply many metal casings to Apple for its next-gen handset.
Morgan Stanley analyst, Grace Chen, expects Catcher to ship 10.5 million iPhone casings by the end of the year, and that number is said to be 15% of total iPhone 6 orders, meaning that Apple could expect to ship 70 million units in 2014 alone. Barclays seems to agree with the numbers and estimated that Apple’s shipments will be up 35-40% from the previous generation. Assuming that is true, it seems that Apple is pretty confident about iPhone sales.
There was no mention as to whether these metal casings will come in different sizes because according to the rumors, Apple could launch both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone, albeit at different times. In any case do take it with a grain of salt for now, but what do you guys think? Will the allegedly larger iPhone prove to be a much bigger hit than its predecessor?