Why the ‘iPhone 8’ Might be Made Out of Ceramic



Apple’s switch to ceramic for the Apple Watch Edition could mean big things for the next-generation iPhone. The material is four times harder than stainless steel and it looks a lot better, making it an ideal material for the body of the iPhone 8.

Recent rumours have promised Apple will deliver a major redesign next year to celebrate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. Apple has been a pioneer when it comes to adopting new materials that make our gadgets even greater, and the company usually doesn’t stop when it finds one.

Ceramic’s hardness makes it almost impervious to scuffs and scratches. The material rates 8.5 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which is much higher than steel (rated at 4.5) and aluminum (rated between 2.5 and 3). Unless you place your ceramic iPhone on a bed of diamonds, the chance of it getting scratched during normal use is next to none.

Even though the chance of scratching is dramatically reduced, the chance of breaking is increased. If ceramic falls onto the floor it does not merely dent and scuff

In a thread over on Quora about why zirconia ceramic would be perfect for a future iPhone, Brian Roemelle explains that can take on any colour without the use of paints or any anodization process (as used in the current aluminum iPhones).

“Zirconia ceramics also can be pigmented to any color palette without the use of exterior paints.”

It is also interesting to note that ceramic can also be completely transparent, allowing Apple to build an iPhone that you can see into.

As a material used in technology products, ceramic would be much better at dissipating heat. In addition, the use of ceramic could see the antenna lines disappear as ceramic does not block radio signals.

Would you buy a ceramic iPhone? Let us know in the comments below.

[via Quartz]


  • Johl

    And wireless charging.

  • Erik

    Interesting concept, but it would have to be absolutely perfected before being brought to the iPhone.
    1) No one will accept an iPhone cracking or breaking if dropped.
    2) Dissipating heat right into your hand, like a hot bowl of soup, won’t be acceptable either.

  • Quattro

    Ceramic doesn’t retain heat at all, unlike metal. So when it dissipates, it’s just instantly gone. You’ll get heat from the internals of the device, but it will feel much less hot because it isn’t retained within the shell at all.

  • It’s Me

    …and within hours YouTube is filled will idiots smashing phones with hammers and bricks and Apple has to hold a press conference to explain that hitting your phone with a steel hammer or dropping it from 16 feet on mable floors isn’t normal behaviour. Glass-gate and break-gate trend for weeks and the child-trolls flood the internet explaining why Apple messed up the iPhone they don’t own.

  • Dominic

    That is something nobody mentioned but would be true… Dang I want a new iPhone !

  • Micheal

    Well considering the watch carries a $1000 premium for ceramic… not sure what this would mean for iPhone pricing. I would not pay a 1-2k premium for a ceramic phone. That said – I like the idea of the material including its inherent benefits as well as visually. This would be a BEAUTIFUL device.

  • ftheroux

    My biggest concern with a ceramic iPhone is with how brittle ceramic can be. That means the entire body could be at risk of cracking if the phone was dropped.

  • Quattro

    I got an iPhone 6 when it came out. I don’t use a case. I have literally zero scratches on it. I don’t see a need for a ceramic phone.

    A watch may be different, because they scratch like crazy. But, if you’re buying a watch every other year, what does it matter if it eventually gets a few scratches on it, before you toss it for the next model?

  • LoveToDISQUS

    “Unless you place your ceramic iPhone on a bed of diamonds, the chance of it getting scratched during normal use is next to none.”

    That’s what I have 🙁

  • johnnygoodface

    “It is also interesting to note that ceramic can also be completely transparent”
    WHAT???? I want one, NOW! 🙂

  • johnnygoodface

    hihi …. so right!

  • johnnygoodface

    FYI I got a aluminum space grey: after more than a year: no scratch on the body… very few, very small scuffs on the ion-x glass