JP Morgan Chase reports that next year Apple may resort to titanium alloy for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max cases. The rest of the models will still be made of stainless steel or aluminum.
Typically, this alloy is the result of mixing titanium, vanadium, chromium, nickel, and aluminum. This material is three to four times stronger than stainless steel, so less metal could be used for the iPhone chassis, making it lighter.
Titanium has a matte appearance, but earlier this year the company received a patent for a way to give the metal a semi-gloss surface. The patent is of a technical nature and concerns the process of combining blasting and etching with a chemical anodizing process to achieve the desired finish. Apple claims that the former is better at hiding metal defects, while the latter provides better protection.
The titanium iPhone case isn’t going to be anything completely new, as Apple already uses this material to make Apple Watch cases. But the iPhone 14 line itself should be seriously transforming from the company’s current smartphones. It is reported that Apple will ditch the branded bangs in favor of placing the front camera in a circular hole. Face ID sensors will be installed in a bezel above the display. In addition, the appearance of Touch ID, integrated into the screen, is possible.