The bring back the metal frame, MacRumors reported Wednesday, citing an analyst note by Ming-Chi Kuo. The design of the next iPhone will change "significantly," the Apple analyst reportedly said. The iPhone 2020's metal frame could come with "a more complex segmentation design, new trenching and injection molding procedures, and sapphire or glass cover assembly to protect the trench injection molding structure," the research note reportedly said.could go back to its iPhone 4 days and
"The metal frame and the front and rear 2/2.5D glass are still used, but the metal frame surface will be changed to a similar design to the iPhone 4, replacing the current surface design."
The analyst note comes hot on the heels of Apple's unveiling of the, , and . The iPhone 11 has an aluminum band, while the .
While the, the analyst note by Kuo reportedly said the new metal grooving and injecting techniques will reduce interference with high-frequency transmission.
Kuo reportedly estimated the cost of the metal frame could rise by 50-60 percent, and the glass case by 40-50 percent as a result.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.