Issue No 125: The Shifts to Study

On the Ceramic iPhone 8

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I mentioned I would talk about the Watch another day, but I did want to call out the new Edition, which is a relatively inexpensive (at least compared to Gold!) ceramic. It looks amazing; it’s also quite practical. It is extremely scratch-resistant and, unlike aluminum, it doesn’t block radio waves.

To that end, this Quora post by Brian Roemmele examining the ceramic Apple Watch and Apple’s recent patent filings makes a very compelling case that next year’s iPhone 8 will be ceramic; the process just wasn’t ready for this year (and, Roemmele notes, the GT Advanced sapphire debacle may have been a big part of the delay). We’ll see if he’s right — that’s something that would have made the headphone jack the afterthought Apple needed it to be.

See more of the issue here.

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