According to network sources, next year, the older Apple iPhone 14 models will receive a titanium alloy case. This is evidenced by the data of the report of investors of the American financial holding JP Morgan Chase.
According to reports, the use of a titanium alloy will be one of the most significant changes to iPhone case design to be introduced in 2022. It is assumed that Foxconn will become the exclusive manufacturer of titanium cases for the older iPhone models. If the report is accurate, the future iPhones will be the first Apple smartphones with a titanium alloy body. Apple currently uses titanium in select Watch Series 6 smartwatches and Apple Card credit cards.
The latest iPhones have aluminum and stainless steel cases. Compared to stainless steel, titanium has a higher hardness, which makes it significantly more scratch-resistant. A higher material stiffness will make the case more resistant to flexural damage. Titanium is as strong as steel but 45% lighter. Titanium is twice as strong as aluminum, but weighs 60% more. Titanium alloy is also more corrosion resistant than many other metals.
The JP Morgan report also corroborates several other rumors regarding upcoming iPhones. For example, it mentions Apple’s intention to abandon the 5.4-inch iPhone mini, which is not popular. It is speculated that two 6.1-inch and two 6.7-inch iPhones will hit the market instead.