updated 12:32 pm EDT, Wed April 23, 2014
Company already said to be taking 40 percent of revenue from Apple
Analysts for two financial firms, Barclays and Morgan Stanley, are contending that Taiwanese firm Catcher Technology will supply metal casings for the next-generation iPhone. Both firms in fact expect Catcher's share of iPhone 6 casings to top 10 million units this year. Much of the argument is based on Catcher's existing involvement in the Apple supply chain; the firm is thought to produce casings for both the MacBook Pro and the iPhone 5s, to the degree that 40 percent of its revenue stems from Apple orders.
Morgan Stanley is forecasting that Apple will represent 38 percent of Catcher's Q4 sales this year. By the end of the year it's estimated that Catcher will have produced 20 million iPhone casings in all, split between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6.
The latter is generally anticipated to come in 4.7- and 5.5-inch sizes, and adopt iPad mini-style backing. Rumors haven't indicated whether both will use metal or if one of them will be an "iPhone 6c," backed with plastic instead.