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New iPhone to have glass casing, says key supplier to Apple

The current iPhone models have metal casings.

TAINAN, Taiwan -- Apple Inc. has decided that it will change iPhone casings from metal to glass to differentiate itself in the saturated global smartphone market in 2017, according to Allen Horng, chairman and chief executive of Catcher Technology, a key supplier.

There has been media speculation that the Taiwanese metal casing maker will lose Apple business next year to China's Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology, which already supplies glass screen covers for iPhones.

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