Rumours are rife as to what features and specifications will characterise the next iteration of Apple's perennially popular iPhone, ahead of its September release.
An all-glass iPhone has been widely touted for some time now – and one commentator has added fuel to the fire of this particular rumour.
Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made the initial prediction last month – and he has a strong track record of accurately anticipating details of future Apple releases.
This would represent the first all-glass iPhone since the iPhone 4 – and few other details are known of the forthcoming iPhone 7 release.
However, chairman and chief executive of Catcher Technology Allen Horng has dropped a major hint as to what we can expect.
His company manufactures the aluminium bodies for Apple's flagship devices – and he told Asian media: “As far as I know, only one model will adopt glass casing next year.
“Glass casing still needs a durable metal frame which requires advanced processing technology and would not be cheaper than the current model.”
This appears to indicate that the iPhone 7 will look similar to the iPhone 6 and 6s, with a more radical overhaul in the pipeline for 2017's iPhone 8.
An all-glass body could mean the handset will have a similar look to the iPhone 4 and 4s, both of which featured glass front and back panels.
Apple could be planning a move back to this design as a way of making its phones more distinctive. This could be a positive move in a market that has become increasingly populated by devices that mimic the design of the iPhone.