In recent iPhone 7 news, it’s been reported by DigiTimes that the iPhone 7 will have a new chassis component coming from supplier Catcher Technologies. This new build is said to bring a water-resistant body, while removing the antenna lines on the iPhone 7.
Catcher is reported to supply 30-35% of chassis shipments for the new iPhone 7, which would keep the company as Apple’s largest chassis partner. Although the feature to expel water out of an iPhone could be implemented in the iPhone 7 due to the new chassis, the latest rumor also notes that the phone won’t have any antenna lines on the back.
In addition, the iPhone 7 is reported not to feature the antenna lines due to the new chassis coating them. However, this same coating is reported to make it even more water-resistant than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which sported multiple gaskets and various silicon seals.
According to the source, DigiTimes notes that the iPhone 7 will sport “new materials,” which coincides with previous rumors that Apple is considering a non-metallic chassis. Since the iPhone 5 Apple has leaned towards an all-aluminum design, but other materials might improve structural stability and/or reduce manufacturing costs. Moreover, Apple actually adopted the tougher 7000-series aluminum for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which means that we could see better materials implemented into the iPhone 7.
Source info: DigiTimes