While the iPhone 13 hasn’t launched yet, iPhone 14 Pro rumors have already begun and one of them is that the device could be made of titanium alloy.
Without much confirmation about the iPhone 13, leakers have moved on to potential iPhone 14 rumors and reports are already starting to pop up. According to MacRumors, JP Morgan Chase investors noted high-end iPhone 14 models could feature a chassis design built on titanium alloy.
iPhone 14 Pro Rumors
The iPhone 14 Pro models could be packed with a stronger, more durable, and an even lighter than steel titanium material. Should the report be correct, this would mean that the iPhone 14 Pro model series will be the first devices to have a titanium alloy chassis.
The latest iPhone models are made out of stainless steel and aluminum. The titanium alloy material, however, is already used in the Apple Watch Series 6 model, according to the story from PhoneArena.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Titanium Alloy Potential Design
The question is, what is the difference between titanium compared to aluminum and stainless steel when it comes to the iPhone chassis. When compared to stainless steel, titanium is more scratch-resistant and also introduces a higher hardness.
The stiffness makes the Apple smartphone more durable and withstand bending. On top of this, it is also 45% lighter and is also twice as strong as aluminum while only being 60% heavier.
Titanium Alloy Pros and Cons
In addition, titanium alloy is considered more resistant to corrosion compared to other alloy materials. There are, however, some drawbacks with titanium alloy.
The first of this is that fingerprint smudges tend to be more visible when it comes to bare titanium and titanium alloy surfaces. In addition to this, the hardness also makes it harder to etch and carve which could give a more box-type look which could appear less attractive.
Patent Applications Spotted
Apple, however, knows this and has also been researching different ways to overcome the potential drawbacks, according to the phone’s recent patent applications.
First and foremost, Apple has reportedly looked into using thinner oxide coatings on top of metal surfaces. This could potentially reduce the fingerprint smudges by a significant amount.
iPhone 14 Specs Change
The second would be Cupertino could be planning to use etching and blasting along with a chemical process to give additional titanium surfaces a more glossy and more attractive appearance.
On top of this, the report coming from JP Morgan Chase also reportedly corroborates earlier rumors regarding the iPhone 14 having massive specs changes compared to the also upcoming iPhone 13. This could also mean that Apple has already set its eyes on 2022 as a year wherein people could be upgrading their devices to the latest models.
Although these are still unconfirmed, if this is true, then it’s interesting to see the difference in design or how Apple would be able to bend the titanium alloy to make a more familiar design for the iPhone 14.